Rated PG-13; Directed by Bryan Singer; Starring Brandon Roush, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, Parker Posey, James Marsden
Superheroes on movie screens is currently a thriving business. With the X-Men, Batman, and Spiderman franchises going strong it makes good sense to bring back the greatest superhero of all: Superman. Last seen on screen in 1987, the Superman franchise gets a chance to find a new audience. Does it succeed? Well, let’s just say that this Superman is more of a PrettyGoodMan.
Bryan Singer (“X-Men”) directs this newest entry. Instead of a rehash of the origin of Superman, this version continues on with the versions I loved – the ones starring the late Christopher Reeves. It even uses some of 1978 “Superman” bits, including Marlon Brando as Superman’s father. A new cast takes on the roles of Clark Kent/Superman and Lois Lane, plus the regulars in the Superman story: Lex Luthor, Martha Kent, Perry White, and Jimmy Olsen.
This time around we discover that Superman (Brandon Routh) hasn’t been on Earth for a few years. He’s been searching for survivors of Krypton, his destroyed home planet. When he returns, he finds that some changes have occurred. Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) is still an ace reporter at the Daily Planet, but she now has a fiancée and a child. She has just won a Pulitzer for her opinion piece, “The World Doesn’t Need Superman.” Of course, that sentiment may have been true, but Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey) was in jail. Now he is out and has the usual plans for world domination.
The action sequences and special effects in this movie are phenomenal. From saving Lois and others in a burning airliner to trying to save Metropolis from Lex Luthor-induced disaster, Superman’s actions look great. Special effects have come a long way since 1978.
Kevin Spacey makes a wonderful Lex Luthor, while Parker Posey steals scenes as his girlfriend. The rest of the supporting cast is good. Of course, the movie isn’t about the supporting cast. It’s about Superman and Lois Lane. Brandon Routh looks good, but the story doesn’t give him any heavy emoting other than looking longingly at Lois. The role of Lois Lane seems hard to cast. Kate Bosworth tries, but it is hard to warm up to her.
The actors may grow on me in future movies, for a sequel must be in the works. I look forward to it. Though this version isn’t super, it was good. I just hope that director Bryan Singer can bring the super back into the franchise.