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Superman Returns (2006)

PG-13 | | Action, Sci-Fi | 28 June 2006 (USA)
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Superman returns to Earth after spending five years in space examining his homeworld Krypton. But he finds things have changed while he was gone, and he must once again prove himself important to the world.


Bryan Singer


Michael Dougherty (screenplay), Dan Harris (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 44 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Brandon Routh ... Clark Kent / Superman
Kate Bosworth ... Lois Lane
Kevin Spacey ... Lex Luthor
James Marsden ... Richard White
Parker Posey ... Kitty Kowalski
Frank Langella ... Perry White
Sam Huntington ... Jimmy Olsen
Eva Marie Saint ... Martha Kent
Marlon Brando ... Jor-El (archive footage)
Kal Penn ... Stanford
Tristan Lake Leabu ... Jason White
David Fabrizio ... Brutus
Ian Roberts ... Riley
Vincent Stone Vincent Stone ... Grant
Jack Larson ... Bo the Bartender


Following a mysterious absence of several years, the Man of Steel comes back to Earth in the epic action-adventure Superman Returns, a soaring new chapter in the saga of one of the world's most beloved superheroes. While an old enemy plots to render him powerless once and for all, Superman faces the heartbreaking realization that the woman he loves, Lois Lane, has moved on with her life. Or has she? Superman's bittersweet return challenges him to bridge the distance between them while finding a place in a society that has learned to survive without him. In an attempt to protect the world he loves from cataclysmic destruction, Superman embarks on an epic journey of redemption that takes him from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


On June 30, 2006! Look Up In The Sky!


Action | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense action violence | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Bryan Singer wanted Christopher Reeve to make a cameo appearance in the film but Reeve died before filming began. Singer then decided to dedicate the film to him. See more »


In stopping the plane crash Superman's slowing down the plane pushing the nose of the plane is totally fake. The nose is just a shell covering equipment so it would have collapsed immediately to the actual frame behind the nose and that would show significant damage itself with the energy it would take to slow\stop the falling plane. See more »


[first lines]
Jor-El: You will travel far my little Kal-El. But we will never leave you. Even in the face of our deaths. You will make my strength your own. You will see my life through your eyes as your life will be seen through mine. The son becomes the father, and the father, the - The son.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are seen in a trip through space, from Krypton to Earth, in a manner reminiscent of the Superman (1978) opening credits sequence. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the IMAX presentation, four scenes (totalling about 20 minutes) were converted from 2D to 3D: The flashback to Clark Kent's youth on the farm, the Shuttle/777 rescue, the rescue of the sinking ocean liner, and the final flyover before the credits. Bryan Singer developed a cue featuring an icon of Clark's glasses flashing in green at the bottom of the screen when it is time to put them on, and then with a red circle/slash over when it is time to take them off. See more »


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Heart and Soul
Written by Frank Loesser and Hoagy Carmichael
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Superman Lives!
25 June 2006 | by crobarj1See all my reviews

Saw an advance screening yesterday...

Brandon Routh pulled it off beautifully. He resembles Christopher Reeve's Superman so much it's uncanny. The first time he smiles as Clark Kent, back at work at the daily Planet, it felt like it was Christopher Reeve again.

Kevin Spacey is an excellent Lex Luthor. His role was written much better than Hackman's role in the original films. He didn't seem to be coming up with plans that could only work under comic book logic. Admittedly, they could only work in Superman's comic book universe, (Fortress of Solitude, Krypton, Kryptonite, etc.) but the logic of his plan is sound. His character's obsession with real estate resembles Hackman's Lex, but Spacey's Lex is a much less silly version of the role. Hackman is a great actor, but his Lex Luthor was very badly written, IMHO. Nobody could have saved it.

The effects were great, the story was great, the acting was overall very good. There were, however, numerous errors in the reality of real things. The end of the scene involving the Mustang (no spoilers here) defies the reality of cars, as an example. Sure it's not the first time a Superman movie, or indeed any comic book adaptation, has made these type of errors, but it would have been better if they did little things like that right, instead of using the "Eh, it's just a movie" excuse.

Ultimately, I loved this film. It's a great story well told. It doesn't need to be anything else.

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Release Date:

28 June 2006 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$270,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,535,096, 2 July 2006

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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