A lot has been said about the new Supe, the man in the blue suit with a red cape and an underwear over ’em all. A lot has also been said about how Supe Returns is an awesome movie; but I was pretty much disappointed.
First off the best things about the movie: the actors, actresses, villians, musicians, directors, musicians, sidekicks, thugs, gawkers, dogs, cats, whales and dinosaurs and all of them stay very true to original. They play the same role they played in the original. So no issues on that front.
Brandon Routh is definitely the new Supe. He has succeeded Reeve; but he just cannot replace him. Reeve had created such a believable Supe that Routh finds it hard to fit into the cape. But then Reeve was well… Supe. Anycase, Brandon makes a great Supe; almost a mimic of Reeve; but never quite the Reeve. You see, Superman’s hidden identity is Clark Kent i.e. Superman’s mask is Kent. And hence Clark Kent can be quite a intelligent bumbling dolt at times. He still can hide a smirk behind that bumbling self. And Routh misses that logic and hence you find him take to playing Clark very seriously.
And frankly if this movie was five years after the earlier series, he has got to look the part. I cannot have a adolescent guy play the man; when he’s still a kid out of college.
These are however my least of my worries.
The initial scenes of the movie set the tone for the rest of the movie. A weak hand reaching out to ask for support from his mother… Superman’s return itself is a sign of his internal struggle.
In the DC comic superhero universe, we already have hordes of superheroes who have a dark, vulnerable and deeply emotional side to them. There is the grumbling Hulk who is angry and wants to be left alone, a metaphor for an anger against the system. Batman in spite of his coolest gadgets is a brooding, dark guy; the stalker. Spidey is as yet the college guy still coming to terms with his responsibility that is thrust upon because of his powers and the love for this lady; and failing at managing both perfectly. In all this however, there was only one guy who was truly a superhero: Superman. And also please note that no one uses the word Superhero to describe Superman.Well, thats because, Superman is Superman. And I don’t need one more nostalgic, dark, brooding, vulnerable Superman. He is not a human!
And why did we need a kid for Superman anyway? Did the writers even think how extremely biologically impossible it would be for the SuperFoetus to stay in Lois’ womb? I mean, one kick from the foetus(kid) as is done by the infants and that would be the end of the Supe’s Love Story. Seriously, Superman and Lois Lane AND a kid?! Thanks but no thanks.
Not that it means anything to the fans; but IMO Supe was humanized too much. It was traumatic experience for me to see Superman’s cape being ripped off in the hospital to resusciate him. I definitely didn’t need to see that. The cape is not his second skin, it was him.
And why was the need for him to physically fall down so many times? And pushed about?
And if crystal were so dangerous to him, they did no damage even when he lifted the whole frigging land mass? And I bet it isnt even physically possible; a huge mountain mass the size of a country? Never mind that the biggest criminals he comes to stop in the movie are two bandits with a rail gun??! What ever happened to creative thinking?
The movie falters by trying to be very loyal to the original and then trying to convince me that Superman is now ready to move on from being a orphan son to a doting father?!Its a anachronism to me, the Supe movie.
I definitely don’t hate the movie;but neither do it love it as is already evident. Just that I’m now quite indifferent to it; and thats one territory I dont want any movie to be in.
And hence my world doesnt need a Superman Returns.
Bradley in the comments below is much more eloquent and clear that what I pointed out here.