Fans were dissatisfied with Zack Snyder's gritty, real-world take on the iconic Superman origin story when the film was released in 2006, but it remained true to the happy-go-lucky, red-tights-wearing Superman that fans longed for.
When Will Superman Returns Take Place on the Superman Timeline?
Superman Returns is released nineteen years after Christopher Reeve last donned the red cape in 1987's Superman IV: The Quest For Peace, but canonically, it takes place just five years after Superman II's events. It starts with Kal-Elnow, played by Brandon Routh, returning to Earth after a cosmic journey to Krypton's ruins, echoing a crucial aspect of Superman's origin story that Man of Steel conspicuously siphoned off to an off
And Save the Day He Does!
The hero rescues a fallen plane just moments before it collides with a crowded stadium in Metropolis. Rather, there is little philosophical discussion about the character's unbridled ability. He repeats his famous line from 1978, causing Lois Lane to faint once more.
The callbacks do not stop there. Much of the film's first act is filled with familiar scenes. In another Reeve film, Superman jumps in front of speeding bullets and confidently walks into the line of fire, stopping an uncontrollably speeding car by picking it up off the ground and bringing it to a stop. The shot of him lifting up a car on the cover of 1938's Action Comics #1 shows clearly that this is a Golden Age version of Superman who stands for truth
Even Superman Returns' slower moments are filled with charm.
The wacky, savage, shadowy reporter Henry Cavill portrays Superman as the hero's greatest foes and foes in early Superman comics and movies. This relationship has always been one of the hero's most powerful motivators and complications, unlike Man of Steel's first film.
The ending of the film returns to uplifting suspense in a savage Superman manner. Lex Luthor is the film's main antagonist, and his intention is the right mix of evil and crazy to be a worthy adversary against the Last Son of Krypton. After acquiring Kryptonian crystals and stolen Kryptonite, Lex tries to create a new continent, supplanting North America and killing millions of people in the process.
Superman returns to Earth and saves Metropolis from natural disasters. He uses his powerful weapons to defy pedestrians and remove debris. He even blows his super-cooling breath to extinguish flames.
Superman Finds an Over-the-Top Solution for an Over-the-Top Problem
Superman defeats Lex by picking up the Krypto-continent and tying it to an outerspace-like over-the-top solution to an over-the-top problem. He regains strength by jumping up to the sun, another essential feature of where Superman gets his powers that Man of Steel and the DCEU seem to conceal. In the denouement, he glides into the sky and surveils the Earth from a low orbit, hands on his hips with John Ottman's take on
The film's technical and aesthetic elements add to Man of Steel's uplifting, classic Superman feeling that his critics had all along. This makes Metropolis far more appealing and unmistakable with its dominant gray tones. This is a great representation of a story that is so deeply rooted in comic books and animation.
Superman Returns might not be the perfect Superman film. In fact, it might not be the superior Superman film when compared to Man Of Steel. Many fans continue to admire Zack Snyder's graver portrayal of the character, and they call for Henry Cavill's return to the role with Superman Returns. However, in today's world of early-2000s nostalgia, uncertainty surrounding the DCEU, and Brandon Routh's participation to the delight of fans in CW's Crisis On Infinite