* CreatorBacklash: After ''Film/ManOfSteel'' came out Bryan Singer commented on both that movie and this one. While he is proud of what he made but he has expressed understanding why audiences weren't as enthusiastic about it. In retrospect he would have increased the action quotient or sped up the pacing (putting the airplane catch earlier in the movie) or done a complete reboot. Beforehand other people involved with the production expressed similar sentiments.
* DawsonCasting: Inverted. In spite of this film taking place five years after ''Film/SupermanII'', a 22 year old Kate Bosworth plays LoisLane. Made all the more noticeable when the five foot five actress is playing opposite six foot three Brandon Routh.
* DeletedScene: The intended opening scene, of Superman surveying the remains of Krypton in his Kryptonian spacecraft, was completely cut out. It can be seen in its entirety [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF44PEypDQs here]].
** The scene also returned in the novelization.
* DyeingForYourArt: Brandon Routh had to work out, and blonde Kate Bosworth dyed her hair to become the brunette Lois Lane. KevinSpacey also shaved his head for SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor.
* SavedFromDevelopmentHell[=/=]SequelGap: The fifth ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' movie took 19 years, with many, many projects for a fifth Superman emerging since 1987 (another Cannon film, a film directed by Creator/TimBurton and starring Creator/NicolasCage, a film written by Creator/KevinSmith, etc).
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The final casting for the role came down to Brandon Routh and a then unknown Creator/HenryCavill. Cavill was in fact cast in 2004 before [=McG=] was fired and Singer brought in. Cavill has since been cast in the role by Creator/ZackSnyder in ''Film/ManOfSteel'', set for release in 2013.
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