ComicsAlliance Reviews ‘Superman Returns’ (2006), Part One
Chris Sims: We can’t put it off any longer, everyone. Today, David and I start in on the final movie in our in-depth examination of the Superman film franchise, 2006’s Superman Returns. I’m just going to go ahead and get this out there now: This may in fact be the worst super-hero movie ever made, if only because it actually had the potential to be great.
David Uzumeri: In terms of prerelease information and Singer’s track record? Because honestly, as soon as we got to “it picks up off of an unreleased cut of the second movie,” I was pretty damn skeptical that this was going to be any good.
Chris: That’s a fair point, and one that really gets to the heart of the problem: Rewatching it for this article, I was struck by how much genuinely interesting and good stuff there actually is in here, and how much it’s completely swallowed up by the fact that as a whole, the movie is wrongheaded and extremely masturbatory. It spends so much time paying homage to Richard Donner’s vision (which, to be fair, neither of us liked anyway) that the character of Superman is barely recognizable, and almost completely non-heroic.
That sound you hear is Chris Haley shaking his fist at his computer screen in RAGE.