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Superman Returns Report Round-Up

Published June 19, 2006 in Early Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Bros.
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With the countdown for Superman Returns closing in on zero we figured it was time to start showing off some of the full reviews to appear online for the film.

Superman Returns Reviews

Since the beginning of last week I have read tons of positive reviews for the film and, if I remember correctly, only one negative. All the positives claim that Superman is back and the one negative absolutely trashes the film. Since I can't remember where to find the negative, here are a couple positive reviews for Superman Returns.

The Superman who returns in "Superman Returns" is a different Man of Steel than we are used to seeing. In "Superman: The Movie," the film by director Richard Donner in 1978, the late Christopher Reeve rescued the iconic superhero from high camp with the sincerity and warmth of his acting. His Superman was a romantic charmer. Director Bryan Singer positions this new film as a sequel to Donner's film, and his Superman -- played with winning fortitude by newcomer Brandon Routh -- is less a Man of Steel than a Man of Heart.

Not that the other kind of Superman movie turns up missing. The hero's rescues are spectacular thanks to the marvels of digital effects. And its villain, Lex Luthor, and Luthor's female companion, Kitty Kowalski -- deliciously played by Kevin Spacey and Parker Posey -- spice the film with extravagant comedy. So old fans can rejoice even as this "Superman" wins new fans from among those who normally don't care about superheroes.

"Why the World Doesn't Need Superman" reads the title of a piece that wins Lois Lane the Pulitzer Prize in "Superman Returns," the latest bigscreen revival of comicdom's strongest and fastest hero. Not only is she wrong in the context of the story (not to mention real life), but she'll be wrong in the court of public opinion once the world gets a look at this most grandly conceived and sensitively drawn Superman saga. Sure to rate with aficionados alongside "Spider-Man 2" and, for many, "Batman Begins" on the short list of best superhero spectaculars, pic more than justifies director Bryan SingerBryan Singer's decision to jump ship from the "X-Men""X-Men" franchise, and will pull down stratospheric B.O.B.O. around the globe.

The reviews for Superman Returns are on the up & up starting with the two above. Check out both reviews by clicking on the bold links (new window).

I will be seeing the film this Thursday, so expect a review from somebody who is not overly obsessed with this franchise shortly. At least not as obsessed as I was for Star Wars or Lord of the Rings.

For those of you looking to catch the flick, we have also just received word from Warner Bros that they will be giving away some flat panel televisions at the World Premiere of Superman Returns on June 21st at the Mann Village Theatre.

Superman Returns will fly into theatres on June 28th.

For movie clips, movie stills, the trailers, TV spots, early review, movie info and synopsis, go to the Superman Returns Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.

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