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shadowsecret
Jun 21st, 2006, 03:36 PM
NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Superman Returns," which opens in the United States next week, is receiving knock-out first reviews from critics, with newcomer Brandon Routh tipped to win over audiences as the latest crime-fighting "Man of Steel."
Hollywood's two trade newspapers, Daily Variety and Hollywood Reporter, gave the movie strong reviews, with The Reporter describing it as "a heartfelt Superman movie that plays to a broad audience thanks to an emotionally troubled Man of Steel."

Daily Variety critic Todd McCarthy said director Bryan Singer had imprinted the Warner Bros. movie with its own personality. "'Superman Returns' is never self-consciously hip, ironic, post-modern or camp. To the contrary, it's quite sincere, with an artistic elegance," he said.

Routh won praise for his apparent effortlessness -- with his resemblance to Superman predecessor, the late Christopher Reeve, not going unnoticed.

The movie's plot has Superman returning to Earth following a mysterious absence of several years. Back home, an old enemy plots to render him powerless once and for all while the superhero's great love, Lois Lane ( Kate Bosworth), has moved on -- or has she?

Newsweek said Singer, who left the popular "X-Men" franchise to make "Superman Returns," did the right thing from the start of "this gorgeously crafted epic" by showing respect for the most foursquare comic superheroes of them all.

The magazine added that "Routh may or may not be a real actor, but he effortlessly lays claim to the iconic role, just as Reeve did. Indeed, he virtually duplicates Reeve in the way he plays Kent as a diffident, awkward Midwestern colt."

"Next to Singer's champagne, most recent superhero adventure movies are barely sparkling cider."

Time magazine said Singer and writers Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris had revived and revised the story's premise. "The result is an action adventure that's as thrilling for what it means as for what is shows," Time said.

The film is Superman's first big-screen appearance since the 1987 movie "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace" starring Reeve.

i think there are some who thinks he wasn't right for the role.. i'm neutral though since i don't know anything about him

vertigo
Jun 21st, 2006, 03:46 PM
I wasn't looking forward to this ... but I may just give it a look. I'd assumed that they were going to do the whole Superman growing up- and meeting Lois thing for the billgillionth time.

WonderfulLee
Jun 22nd, 2006, 04:26 PM
can't wait for this movie!

Lord Nelson
Jun 22nd, 2006, 06:29 PM
For the sequel I hope that more powerful enemies of Superman will be showed like the Cyborg or General Zod. brainiac is another worthy enemy as well as Bizzaro though the later could be said to have been portrayed in Superman III. The bad Superman was a lot like him except he looked like Superman.

rebel_ffighter
Jun 22nd, 2006, 07:28 PM
I think it wont impress me but maybe because I never liked Superman

shadowsecret
Jun 22nd, 2006, 07:58 PM
I think it wont impress me but maybe because I never liked Superman

yeah me too.. but smallville changed my mind.. even though it's draggy with the lana-clark "relationship".. just shocked that critics thought so highly of Brandon Routh after saying he's not "man" enough to play the role haha

LeRoy.
Jun 22nd, 2006, 08:08 PM
so is this Superman gay ? :eek: ;)

rebel_ffighter
Jun 22nd, 2006, 08:47 PM
yeah me too.. but smallville changed my mind.. even though it's draggy with the lana-clark "relationship".. just shocked that critics thought so highly of Brandon Routh after saying he's not "man" enough to play the role haha


Oh yeah,I was a fan of Smallville...although I mostly watched it for the blond chick ;)

shadowsecret
Jun 22nd, 2006, 09:01 PM
Oh yeah,I was a fan of Smallville...although I mostly watched it for the blond chick ;)

you mean chloe? she's cool! ;)

rebel_ffighter
Jun 23rd, 2006, 06:56 AM
you mean chloe? she's cool! ;)

yep,thats her! ;)

Kunal
Jun 23rd, 2006, 09:37 AM
cant wait for this movie....i hope to find a cinema here in deutschland that actually shows it in english

im a sucker for action flicks...guaranteed satisfaction...i mean even if the movie sucks its still worth the moolah cuz the action is spectacular

fnuf7
Jun 23rd, 2006, 09:42 AM
I'm kind of looking forward to this film, getting more excited as I hear more news etc.

My only problem with it is that I'm confused with the plot, is it supposed to kind of follow on from where the other old films left off? Or is this a totally new Superman with no reference/knowledge of what happened in those films? Cos he's supposed to have been away for several years and yet he (and the woman who plays Lois) look like they just left University, they barely look over 24...:shrug: Is it just cos they want young hot actors playing the role? ;)