Superman Returns (2006)

Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth
Director: Bryan Singer

U.S. Opening Date: June 28, 2006

Well, they finally found a Superman (virtual unknown Brandon Routh just how do you pronounce that surname?) and a director, Bryan Singer who did the two X-Men movies.

Thankfully Nicolas Cage won't be Superman (remember that rumour?) and the director currently known as McG (who did the Charlie’s Angels movies) hasn't directed it. A pity though about Kevin Smith’s screenplay, which I thought was pretty cool, but won't be used: Smith’s comic geek (like us!) and did a fun and clever take on the whole over-hyped “Superman is Dead” thing of a few years ago (if you remember this, then you’re probably too old for comics according to my old man).

Still, director Singer did a great job at the X-2 sequel and is probably just the right guy for the job. At one point I thought that they were going to get the Wachawski brothers who rehashed Superman II fighting sequences in Matrix Revolutions in any case, but I guess the good brothers are still in hiding from irate movie-goers who paid good money to see the two disappointing and superfluous Matrix sequels . . .

So far, so good. But every time I see an excited small boy clutching a DVD copy of Superman – the Movie (1978) which his mum or dad has just bought for him, I realise what mighty big red boots Routh must fill . . .




Photo Gallery # 1

(Click on images to enlarge them)


Photo Gallery #2



In this semi-sequel to the first two Superman films, the classic hero returns to Earth after having been missing for six long years. What he finds astounds him - the world he knew has changed for the worse. In his absence, the forces of evil have regrouped like never before. Even Lex Luthor, once an outcast, has risen to the heights of power in Metropolis. And when an old enemy from Krypton reappears, Superman must fight his never-ending battle like never before; amidst a world that has forgotten what it's like to have a hero.


  • As of July 2004, Bryan Singer is attached to direct.

  • Kevin Smith had been hired to write the screenplay at one time, and Tim Burton was also briefly attached to the project.

  • While the project was under Brett Ratner's supervision, actors Josh Hartnett, Paul Walker, Matthew Bomer, Brendan Fraser, Ashton Kutcher, David Boreanaz, Ian Somerhalder, Henry Cavill and Jerry O'Connell were considered for the part of Superman.

  • Brett Ratner left the project primarily because he and Warner Bros. executives could not agree on who to cast as Superman.

  • After Brett Ratner's departure, Charlie's Angels director McG has been slowly trying to get the movie into production.

  • Anthony Hopkins was set to play Jor-El of Krypton, but after Ratner left, Hopkins did the same.

  • After the success of Charlie's Angels (2000), McG was tipped to direct the film in 2001. He left the project in 2002, went to do Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), and came back aboard the project in 2004, but left it again after disagreements over budget and filming location. Warner Bros. had wanted to move from New York City to Australia, but McG felt that "it was inappropriate to try to capture the heart of America on another continent."

  • Johnny Depp auditioned for the roles of Lex Luthor and Jor-El.

  • Early July 2004, McG left this project over budget conflicts with Warner brothers. Actors that McG was screening before his departure include Jason Behr and Jared Padalecki for the role of Superman, Scarlett Johansson for Lois Lane and Shia LaBeouf for Jimmy Olsen.

  • Since 1993, when Warner Brothers attempted to restart the franchise Superman, nearly $50 million has been spent trying to get the film going. This includes concept art and storyboards throughout the years, as well as having McG's version almost completely pre-visualized.

Some sources:


  • Read our review.
  • Read Kevin Smith's great unused Superman Lives script (and a few other Superman scripts too).




blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest Headlines

Most Popular

Copyright © 1997-forward James O'Ehley/The Sci-Fi Movie Page (unless where indicated otherwise).