I never got to review most of the films from the 2006 Summer movie season. Perhaps one, I will review movies such as "MISSION IMPOSSIBLE III", "POSEIDON", "THE DaVINCI'S CODE", and "X-MEN 3: THE LAST STAND". However, I recently rewatched "SUPERMAN RETURNS" and decided to post my opinion on it.
I wish I could say that I had loved "SUPERMAN RETURNS". I wish I could say that I found it very original. I wish I could . . . but I cannot. Because I would be lying if I had said so. Do not get me wrong – "SUPERMAN RETURNS" is a pretty decent movie. But it also turned out to be something of a disappointment for me.
First of all, I felt that it was a big mistake on director Bryan Singer's part to carry on the story after SUPERMAN II" (1981). It was bad enough that he had re-used John Williams' score and Marlon Brando's image as Jor-El. But he and screenwriters Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris also used plot lines from "SUPERMAN"(1978). They rehashed the following:
*Lois' rooftop meeting with Superman, followed by a flight over Metropolis
*Some of Chris Reeves' dialogue
*Lex Luthor's plot to destroy part of the U.S. for a land swindle (which was not handled very effectively).
Singer also borrowed the love triangle from the 2004 Marvel film, "SPIDER-MAN 2" . . . but with only a few twists.
In the end, I could not tell whether the movie was a sequel to SUPERMAN II or a remake of SUPERMAN. Very confusing and very disappointing. Although it was a pretty good movie with a first-class cast, it was also the most unoriginal comic book hero flick I have ever seen. Singer could have done better. I rated the movie a “B-“.