SUPERMAN RETURNS is a somber and ironic return for the Man of Steel and a worthy film to stand alongside Christopher Reeve’s first two films.
Superman (Brandon Routh, big screen debut) has returned after a five-year mission to see the remains of his destroyed home world. On a more cynical Earth, the people have moved on, especially Superman’s main squeeze, star reporter Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth, BEYOND THE SEA), who has had a child, lives with a man and won a Pulitzer for an article titled, “Why the World Doesn’t Need Superman.” For the man in the red cape that’s gotta sting more than Kryptonite.
Lois is much more bitter than we remember. Her son is Jason (Tristan Lake Leabu, film debut) is smart, but physically weak with asthma. Lois’ perpetual fiancée Richard White (James Marsden, X-MEN) is a pilot and editor at the Daily Planet, who cares greatly for Lois and Jason and definitely feels threatened with Superman back in the picture.