History YMMV / SupermanReturns

18th Feb '18 8:28:52 AM MasterHero
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* VindicatedByHistory: if only because what came after pales in comparison: upon premiering in theaters it was considered mediocre by Superman fans. After the reboot films ''Film/ManOfSteel'' and ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', ''Returns'' has grown in stature and often considered as better and more faithful to the comic book source than any Superman related film that has premiered afterwards as of 2018.

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%% * VindicatedByHistory: if only because what came after pales in comparison: upon premiering in theaters it was considered mediocre by Superman fans. After the reboot films ''Film/ManOfSteel'' and ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', ''Returns'' has grown in stature and often considered as better and more faithful to the comic book source than any Superman related film that has premiered afterwards as of 2018.
7th Feb '18 11:37:19 AM ritzoreo
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* VindicatedByHistory: if only because what came after pales in comparison: upon premiering in theaters it was considered mediocre by Superman fans. After the reboot films ''Film/ManOfSteel'' and ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', ''Returns'' has grown in stature and often considered as better and more faithful to the comic book source than any Superman related film that has premiered afterwards as of 2018.
15th Jan '18 7:43:01 AM Eagal
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** Kevin Spacey's portrayal of Lex Luthor is almost universally beloved, even amongst people who hate the movie.
11th Jan '18 8:00:21 PM AnotherGuy
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** The wig Lex is the same hair that Jesse Eisenberg sports in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', as pointed out by WebVideo/CinemaSins.

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** The wig Lex wears is the same hair hairstyle that Jesse Eisenberg sports in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', as pointed out by WebVideo/CinemaSins.
11th Jan '18 8:00:06 PM AnotherGuy
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** The wig Lex is the same hair that Jesse Eisenberg sports in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', as pointed out by WebVideo/CinemaSins.
29th Nov '17 7:27:24 AM Saveelich
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** Creator/KateBosworth also received some of this when cast as Lois. Numerous commentators seemed to be of the opinion that she and Creator/ParkerPosey should have swapped roles, not least because Posey had a closer resemblance to Margot Kidder, the Lois Lane of the previous film sequence. The fact that Kate Bosworth is thought to be too young as Lois (23 opposed to Posey's 37) helps.

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** Creator/KateBosworth Kate Bosworth also received some of this when cast as Lois. Numerous commentators seemed to be of the opinion that she and Creator/ParkerPosey should have swapped roles, not least because Posey had a closer resemblance to Margot Kidder, the Lois Lane of the previous film sequence. The fact that Kate Bosworth is thought to be too young as Lois (23 opposed to Posey's 37) helps.
7th Nov '17 11:07:51 AM ClintEastwood
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* {{Anvilicious}}: In the Christopher Reeve films Jor-El talking to Superman already sounded like God talking to Jesus ("I have sent them you, my only son", etc.), but this film takes that parallel and runs with it. Besides reusing that version of Jor-El, Superman's return is a "Second Coming", he suffers a "Passion" when Lex and his men beat him up and Lex stabs him in the side, after saving the day he falls to Earth near death in a [[CrucifiedHeroShot cruciform position]], and he unexpectedly recovers from supposedly fatal injuries, with his empty hospital bed evoking the empty tomb. And as at least one critic (of Time magazine) pointed out, Superman secretly having a child with Lois is sort of like [[Literature/TheDaVinciCode Jesus secretly having a child with Mary Magdalene]].

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* {{Anvilicious}}: In the Christopher Reeve Creator/ChristopherReeve films Jor-El talking to Superman already sounded like God talking to Jesus ("I have sent them you, my only son", etc.), but this film takes that parallel and runs with it. Besides reusing that version of Jor-El, Superman's return is a "Second Coming", he suffers a "Passion" when Lex and his men beat him up and Lex stabs him in the side, after saving the day he falls to Earth near death in a [[CrucifiedHeroShot cruciform position]], and he unexpectedly recovers from supposedly fatal injuries, with his empty hospital bed evoking the empty tomb. And as at least one critic (of Time magazine) pointed out, Superman secretly having a child with Lois is sort of like [[Literature/TheDaVinciCode Jesus secretly having a child with Mary Magdalene]].



* WTHCastingAgency: To be fair, Brandon Routh ''is'' fairly convincing as Clark Kent. As Superman however... not so much. (Part of the problem may have been, as Roger Ebert [[http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/superman-returns-2006 pointed out]], that Superman has very little dialogue in the movie.)
** Kate Bosworth also received some of this when cast as Lois. Numerous commentators seemed to be of the opinion that she and Parker Posey should have swapped roles, not least because Posey had a closer resemblance to Margot Kidder, the Lois Lane of the previous film sequence. The fact that Kate Bosworth is thought to be too young as Lois (23 opposed to Posey's 37) helps.

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To be fair, Brandon Routh Creator/BrandonRouth ''is'' fairly convincing as Clark Kent. As Superman however... not so much. (Part of the problem may have been, as Roger Ebert Creator/RogerEbert [[http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/superman-returns-2006 pointed out]], that Superman has very little dialogue in the movie.)
** Kate Bosworth Creator/KateBosworth also received some of this when cast as Lois. Numerous commentators seemed to be of the opinion that she and Parker Posey Creator/ParkerPosey should have swapped roles, not least because Posey had a closer resemblance to Margot Kidder, the Lois Lane of the previous film sequence. The fact that Kate Bosworth is thought to be too young as Lois (23 opposed to Posey's 37) helps.



** And, in all fairness, the absolute biggest thing working against Routh was inevitable comparisons to Christopher Reeve, who for many, will forever be the One True Superman. It didn't help that this film was supposed to be directly linked to at least the first two Superman movies.

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** And, in all fairness, the absolute biggest thing working against Routh was inevitable comparisons to Christopher Reeve, Creator/ChristopherReeve, who for many, will forever be the One True Superman. It didn't help that this film was supposed to be directly linked to at least the first two Superman movies.
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23rd Jun '17 8:23:46 AM Eagal
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* MemeticMutation: '''[[LargeHam "WRONG!"]]'''

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* MemeticMutation: When Lex got Lois to say "Superman will stop you" only for him to interrupt and shout '''[[LargeHam "WRONG!"]]'''
10th May '17 3:39:05 PM MasterHero
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* DeaderThanDisco: Critics nowadays agree with the fan sentiment that ''Returns'' was way too archaic and reliant on the original Superman film's looks and plot points.
3rd May '17 7:40:24 AM DoctorNemesis
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* ItsTheSameNowItSucks: A common criticism of the film is that its plot is far too similar to the original ''Film/{{Superman}}'' --
Superman tries to save Metropolis when Lex Luthor and his feisty female assistant try to kill Superman with kryptonite and make money with a real estate scam involving natural disasters.

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* ItsTheSameNowItSucks: A common criticism of the film is that its plot is far too similar to the original ''Film/{{Superman}}'' --
-- Superman tries to save Metropolis when Lex Luthor and his feisty female assistant try to kill Superman with kryptonite and make money with a real estate scam involving natural disasters.
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