Total Recall: Superman Movies

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the Man of Steel on the big screen!

Superman

It took a heck of a lot longer than a speeding bullet to get here, but when Man of Steel arrives in theaters this week, it'll herald the return of a beloved franchise that -- although not without its share of ups and downs -- has been thrilling fans for decades. In fact, this year marks the 62nd anniversary of the first Superman movie, Superman and the Mole Men; sadly, we don't have any reviews on file for that one, but that didn't stop us from taking a look back at our hero's other big-screen adventures. From the moments that made us believe a man could fly to the ones that were critical Kryptonite, this week is all about Krypton's favorite son. Up, up, and away, it's time for Total Recall!

Superman

93%

"You'll believe a man can fly," promised the posters for 1978's Superman, and they were right in more ways than one. The special effects were impressive for the era, but more importantly, the movie benefited from a talented director in Richard Donner, a solid screenplay derived from a story by Godfather author Mario Puzo, and a great cast anchored by Christopher Reeve, whose looming physique and chiseled good looks combined with his Juilliard-trained acting chops to help create the most perfect Superman ever to grace the screen (so far). While Gene Hackman's rather ineffective Lex Luthor (coupled with the buffoonish Otis, played by Ned Beatty) was far from the most imposing foe our hero would face, the movie didn't lack for dramatic stakes -- and with Margot Kidder playing Lois Lane, it even managed to mix a little feminism in with its romance. "The audience finds itself pleasantly surprised, and taken a little off guard," observed an appreciative Roger Ebert. "The movie's tremendously exciting in a comic book sort of way (kids will go ape for it), but at the same time it has a sly sophistication, a kidding insight into the material, that makes it, amazingly, a refreshingly offbeat comedy."

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Superman II

89%

After putting together what seemed like a foolproof plan for a speedy Superman follow-up -- hiring director Richard Donner to shoot much of the sequel concurrently with the first film -- Warner Bros. watched with growing dismay as production slowed to a crawl, finally coming to a halt when Donner's feuds with producers Ilya and Alexander Salkind led to his firing from the project. Things grew more complicated when new director Richard Lester came on board, and -- needing to film at least 51 percent of the movie in order to obtain a director's credit -- reshot many scenes from a movie that had already been substantially filmed. Those are just a few of the many challenges Superman II needed to overcome before it finally arrived in theaters in 1981; amazingly, all that behind-the-scenes chaos didn't have much of an adverse impact on the original theatrical cut, which broke the $100 million barrier at the box office while enjoying almost as many positive reviews as its predecessor. It certainly helped that the screenplay gave Superman (Christopher Reeve) the most formidable villains he'd face in the original trilogy: Kryptonian criminals Zod (Terence Stamp), Ursa (Sarah Douglas), and Non (Jack O'Halloran), sent into exile just before the planet's destruction by Superman's father Jor-El (Marlon Brando) and freed by the blast from a bomb Superman threw into space. Add in a subplot involving our hero opting to give up his powers in order to pursue domestic bliss with Lois Lane (Margot Kidder), and it isn't hard to see why many fans consider this the best of the Reeve-era Superman movies (or why enough of them clamored for the release of Donner's cut that it finally saw the official light of day in 2006). "Superman II," sighed an appreciative Janet Maslin for the New York Times, "is a marvelous toy."

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Superman III

26%

The first two Superman movies boasted an impressive narrative scope, state-of-the-art special effects, and layered performances that made it possible for the story to move gracefully between action, drama, and comedy, sometimes within the space of a single scene. They were a tough act to follow, in other words -- which might explain why 1983's Superman III didn't really bother attempting to build on their success, instead opting to take the franchise in an altogether sillier direction by pitting the Man of Steel against a power-mad CEO (Robert Vaughn) who blackmails an unscrupulous computer programmer (Richard Pryor) into using his know-how to help him achieve world domination. Aside from the typically techno-ignorant screenplay, which imagines weather satellites capable of creating tornados and supercomputers that achieve sentience after being attacked with an axe, III earned fans' and critics' ire by ignoring any semblance of character development in favor of director Richard Lester's fondness for oddball humor and silly sight gags. Under different circumstances, Pryor could have been a worthy addition to a Superman movie -- and the storyline, which sent Clark Kent back to Smallville for a high school reunion that reconnected him with childhood crush Lana Lang (Annette O'Toole), certainly had possibilities, as did a subplot that found Superman's personality slowly being altered due to artificial Kryptonite poisoning. Ultimately, however, Superman III was less than the sum of its parts; as a disappointed Roger Ebert put it, "It's a cinematic comic book, shallow, silly, filled with stunts and action, without much human interest."

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

12%

With Gene Hackman back in the cast and a four-year break to cleanse filmgoers' palates after the unpleasantness of Superman III, 1987's Superman IV: The Quest for Peace seemed to have everything going for it at first -- including a smartly topical storyline that put the Man of Steel in the middle of the Cold War (and doing battle with a nuclear-powered Superclone designed by Lex Luthor). Unfortunately, when money started to run tight at Cannon Films, director Sidney J. Furie found himself forced to cut corners in every direction; the result, according to most critics, was a disjointed, cheap-looking mess, further hampered by dejected-seeming performances from a cast that appeared to know exactly how much of a mistake they were making. (In fact, Jon Cryer -- who played Luthor's nephew Lenny -- alleges that Christopher Reeve told him the movie was "an absolute mess.") It all added up to the original trilogy's critical and commercial nadir, a dud so resounding that it sent the franchise into limbo for nearly 20 years. Calling it "More sluggish than a funeral barge, cheaper than a sale at K mart," the Washington Post's Desson Thomson warned, "it's a nerd, it's a shame, it's Superman IV."

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Superman Returns

76%

If you're any kind of film buff, you're already familiar with many of the twists and turns that Superman endured at Warner Bros. during the 1980s and 1990s -- heck, they've even inspired their own documentary -- so suffice it to say that after Superman IV tanked, the franchise was more or less frozen at a crossroads for years. Talk of another Reeve-led sequel stopped after the 1995 horseriding accident that left him paralyzed, and despite the best efforts of a long succession of screenwriters, directors, and would-be stars, our Kryptonian hero spent the better part of 20 years waiting for a hero of his own to rescue him from development hell. Help finally arrived in the form of director Bryan Singer, who was handed the keys to the franchise after proving his superhero mettle with X-Men and its first sequel; in the summer of 2006, Superman Returns rebooted the story, with newcomer Brandon Routh wearing the cape, Kate Bosworth playing Lois Lane, and Kevin Spacey chewing up the scenery as Lex Luthor. Despite solid reviews, a $200 million gross, and a properly reverent tone -- including a storyline that paid homage to the first two Superman movies while pretending the missteps of III and IV never happened -- Superman Returns was ultimately regarded as something of a disappointment; plans for a sequel never materialized, much to the chagrin of the AP's Christy Lemire, who wondered, "Does the world really need Superman? Maybe not everyone. But people who love movies do."

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In case you were wondering, here are Wilson's top 10 movies according RT users' scores:

1. Superman -- 77%
2. Superman Returns -- 67%
3. Superman II -- 66%
4. Superman III -- 39%
5. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace -- 28%


Take a look through the rest of our Total Recall archives. And don't forget to check out the reviews for Man of Steel.

Finally, here's a fantasy sequence from Dariya Dil, featuring perhaps the most thrilling big-screen Superman of them all (and an epic Marvel/DC team up to boot):

Comments

Teddy K.

Ryan Gavetti

I enjoy the the first two Superman movies well enough; enough to give them a rewatch if they happen to appear on television. I've always admired the charm and relative simplicity of the Superman films, which is why Superman Returns failed in my opinion. The direction seemed to want to retain that simplicity and pay homage to it, yet also wanted to move into deeper territory with a more emotional impact which made the film stagnant overall. Hopefully the new release can either find a more suitable balance or pick one and make it work.

Speaking of Superman and the Mole Men, it being a tie-in film for the great Adventures of Superman TV series, I have always preferred Superman in a more episodic format. Including the Adventures of Superman, the Animated Series' and Lois and Clark have proven Superman does not need to be a Blockbuster to have a lasting impact.

Jun 12 - 04:52 PM

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infernaldude

Infernal Dude

How many email accounts have you had to create to create so many RT accounts? Gmail must love you.

Jun 12 - 05:02 PM

Laura  P.

Laura Porter

Start working at home with Google! It's by-far the best job Ive had. Last Monday I got a new Alfa Romeo from bringing in $7778. I started this 9 months ago and practically straight away started making more than $83 per hour. I work through this link, www.Bling6.com

Jun 19 - 03:49 PM

Dwight E.

Dwight Easley

ok...jay cutler...whatever makes you sleep better at night

Jun 12 - 05:23 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

You wouldn't know a good movie if someone rammed an old film reel up your ass sideways - but it sure would fit, you pickle sink.

Jun 12 - 05:57 PM

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Valmordas

Val Mordas

Not really, half these critics are idiots like you.

Jun 12 - 09:30 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I'm a bit depressed that Superman returns has a better score than Man of Steel to be honest... Why am I so bummed! I have been lowering my expectations for months!

Jun 13 - 07:34 AM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

Okay so critics are idiots if they hate a movie you want them to love, but they are geniuses if they love a movie you love? Why are you even on this site if you don't likep
people reviewing a film?

Jun 13 - 11:00 AM

Dave J

Dave J

You can't force someone to like something s/he doesn't like just because s/he is "supposed" to like it! Hitler once believed in this kind of ideology too by forcing schools to burn all kinds of important philosophy books and at the same time forcing schools to only read his!

Jun 13 - 04:25 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Nope, Jay. I got a screen shot of your 154 email Yahoo Answer trolling. (Good gig, btw) I understand why you would have regretted the admission to delete it.

Jun 13 - 07:06 AM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

Wow, you must be madly in love with me to take screen shots

Jun 13 - 10:30 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Only amusing ones, like how you used to troll f'ckin Yahoo Answers of all places. That's Gold, Jerry! Gold!

Jun 13 - 11:18 AM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

It is Jay, not Jerry. :/ Plus, I wasn't the only troll on YA. I remember J Mag, Ax, ATLFalcons, Lovie Smith Sux, DK, Jake, and many more. I wasn't the only troll. I was the most hated though.

Jun 13 - 11:34 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

And proud we all know you must be.

Jun 13 - 01:13 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

I is proud that many people hated me. I is proud. I is.

Jun 13 - 01:22 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

The first Superman & Superman Returns are the only good Superman movies I've seen by far (isn't see the second one & I have yet to see Man of Steel)

Jun 12 - 04:54 PM

Mitchell Nash

Mitchell Nash

"isn't see the second one"

wat u r saying to try?

Jun 16 - 08:03 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

How many email accounts have you had to create to create so many RT accounts? Gmail must love you.

Jun 12 - 05:02 PM

Laura  P.

Laura Porter

Start working at home with Google! It's by-far the best job Ive had. Last Monday I got a new Alfa Romeo from bringing in $7778. I started this 9 months ago and practically straight away started making more than $83 per hour. I work through this link, www.Bling6.com

Jun 19 - 03:49 PM

directorscut

Rick Cahill

Superman, Superman II: Director's Cut & Superman Returns = Great trilogy.

Jun 12 - 05:11 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Except for 'Returns'...which makes it... not a trilogy.

Jun 12 - 05:58 PM

Eric Mathis

Eric Mathis

Returns is a sequel to II... rendering III and IV non-existant.

Jun 12 - 06:32 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Nerd Canon FIGHT! *BLARES DAFT PUNK*

Jun 13 - 07:34 AM

jimb14red

Michael Sullivan

I would agree with you if you didn't say Director's Cut of part 2.

Jun 12 - 06:12 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Somewhere Brian Singer and Brandon Routh are having a good laugh. IMO even with it's failings Superman Returns set itself up for what could have been an epic sequel, judging by the early reviews it should have been given a chance.

Jun 12 - 06:56 PM

King  S.

King Simba

Agreed. I felt with Superman Returns Singer was trying to make a bridge between the Donner Superman films and the planned sequels. Sure the pace was a little slow, but then again the first X-men wasn't exactly action packed either. Sadly we'll never know how a Superman Returns sequel would have ended up.

On a side note, I think Singer deserves a lot of credit for the way he deals with seemingly invulnerable characters. I never felt as much concern for Superman as I did when Lex Luther started beating him up and stabbing him Kryptonite, or when he had lift up the island. Similairly, Wolverine's fight with Lady Deathstrike in X2 remains one of the most tense fight scenes ever. All I could think while watching it was "how much more can he take?" (by comparison, halfway through X-men Origins I stopped caring at all for Wolverine simply because he came off as too invincible).

Jun 13 - 05:27 AM

Luck  Dragon

Luck Dragon

I agree, the beating he took in Returns was hard to watch! Which made it all the more compelling - this is a SUPERMAN, and he's getting his ASS KICKED!

Jun 13 - 06:14 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Singer went full Jesus though. You never go full Jesus with your character...it's just a bad idea. Superman is suppose to make people think "Oh yeah huh...it is a parrell to Jesus...But Singer full on shove in your face bash you over the head SUPERMAN IS JESUS SUPER MAN IS JESUS in Superman Returns. It was kind of off putting through out the whole film. That and Kate Bosworth is probably the worst actress to play Lois Lane or any character.

Jun 13 - 07:37 AM

Dave J

Dave J

I remember reading somewhere that Singer did have Donner on the set as some sort of consultant while making "Superman Returns"! My biggest problem was that some of those action sequences looked too animated in order for the film to be convincing and then appreciated as a whole which Donner himself doesn't do well on whenever it involves CGI!

Jun 13 - 01:05 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I actually thought Singer's Messiah analogies had more depth than just a "full Jesus", I thought the parallels to Prometheus and Zues were one of SR's most interesting aspects and was a cool dynamic between him and Lex.

Jun 13 - 08:29 PM

Steven Laskoske

Steven Laskoske

I think that Singer did a decent job with Superman Returns. In my opinion, Spacey was the best of the people to play Luthor. If I were to comment negatively on any part of the movie, I would have to say that it spent too much time referencing the previous Superman movies and not enough time establishing itself as its own film.

Jun 14 - 07:34 AM

King  S.

King Simba

That's kind of how I look at it (especially given that we're never going to see a sequel to Superman Returns). Ignore Superman 3 & 4 and you've got a nice Superman trilogy with a classic first movie, a really good sequel and a an underappreciated (in my opinion) third film in Superman Returns

Jun 13 - 05:58 AM

Dave J

Dave J

There's no way in hell the "Man Of Steel" is going to receive a much higher rating than the very first Superman movie starring Christopher Reeves!

Jun 12 - 05:14 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Yeah never stood a shot, Superman and the Donner portions of Superman II were that perfect mix of a director on top of his game and a star in the role he was born to play. I even liked Hackman's Luthor who the article disparages. His tone was great for the tone of the movies..."But Lex, my mothers lives in Hackensack!!!? **Lex looks at his watch and just shakes his head** That's dark comedy gold.

Jun 12 - 06:59 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I agree. Hackman was great. (as usual, imo)

Jun 13 - 01:26 PM

J.R. Golen

J.R. Golen

for sure

Jun 13 - 06:27 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Superman 2 is a classic. That scene where everythings flying around the street makes me laugh every time.

Superman Returns didn't feel like a superhero movie at all. It felt more like something along the lines of Will Smith's Hancock.

Jun 12 - 05:16 PM

Dwight E.

Dwight Easley

ok...jay cutler...whatever makes you sleep better at night

Jun 12 - 05:23 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

You wouldn't know a good movie if someone rammed an old film reel up your ass sideways - but it sure would fit, you pickle sink.

Jun 12 - 05:57 PM

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Valmordas

Val Mordas

Not really, half these critics are idiots like you.

Jun 12 - 09:30 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I'm a bit depressed that Superman returns has a better score than Man of Steel to be honest... Why am I so bummed! I have been lowering my expectations for months!

Jun 13 - 07:34 AM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

Okay so critics are idiots if they hate a movie you want them to love, but they are geniuses if they love a movie you love? Why are you even on this site if you don't likep
people reviewing a film?

Jun 13 - 11:00 AM

Dave J

Dave J

You can't force someone to like something s/he doesn't like just because s/he is "supposed" to like it! Hitler once believed in this kind of ideology too by forcing schools to burn all kinds of important philosophy books and at the same time forcing schools to only read his!

Jun 13 - 04:25 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Except for 'Returns'...which makes it... not a trilogy.

Jun 12 - 05:58 PM

Eric Mathis

Eric Mathis

Returns is a sequel to II... rendering III and IV non-existant.

Jun 12 - 06:32 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Nerd Canon FIGHT! *BLARES DAFT PUNK*

Jun 13 - 07:34 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The first two are classics. I wish Donner finished the second one, but as it is, the unfinished cut doesn't match Lester's theatrical version. The fight in NYC is one of the greatest action sequences from any comic book film. "Returns" can only be called a disappointment, as Routh and Bosworth were underwhelming in lead roles. And the religious allegory was ham-fisted, and Luthor's plan was a weak retread of the original's. The only redeeming thing about "III" is that "Quest For Peace" assures it will never be the worst Superman film.

Snyder is still a schmuck. We'll see about the new one, but he's one of the least imaginative working filmmakers today. My money's on Shannon's Zod to steal every scene.

Jun 12 - 06:00 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

He makes a hell of a trailer though.

Jun 12 - 06:38 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

It adapts well to ADD.

Jun 12 - 06:50 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

Screen Shot

Jun 13 - 01:03 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Wait, my pants were up.

Jun 13 - 01:14 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

What you do behind closed doors isn't my business.

Jun 13 - 01:21 PM

King  S.

King Simba

It may have been very similair to his plan in the first film, but I still thought the using crystals to make new land and then filling them with Kryptonite was a stroke of genius, a plan worthy of belonging to the criminal mastermind.

Jun 13 - 06:01 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

A mastermind would have thought through some of the other scientific implications. A new continent would have pretty drastic effects on everything from climate to tectonic plate stability. In the end, it was still half-baked.

Jun 13 - 07:11 AM

Chris Meade

Chris Meade

i liked Watchmen alot so i slightly disagree with you there.But i also see your point so lets just agree to disagree.

Jun 13 - 01:00 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Snyder is frustrating because he's obviously technically capable. There's not a lot in Watchmen that worked that wasn't directly transferred from the book. But sure, don't let me rain on your parade.

Jun 13 - 01:17 PM

Chris Meade

Chris Meade

and don't let me rain on yours either! i do see your frustrations with him though.

Jun 13 - 04:51 PM

Matt Ritchey

Matt Ritchey

Donner's SUPERMAN II Director's Cut is pretty good...... surprisingly, using a lot of Donner's Superman II and Lester's Superman II together would make the perfect version - neither one really wins the day. But nobody will ever be Superman other than Christopher Reeve for me. He was perfect.

Jun 13 - 11:26 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I don't hate on the Lester version like some do. Reeves' good friend Robin Williams claimed he was like a supernatural boy scout in real life too.

Jun 13 - 01:22 PM

J.R. Golen

J.R. Golen

yes

Jun 13 - 06:28 PM

Jared Parker

Jared Parker

Man of Steel will show everybody. PERIOD!!!

Jun 12 - 06:10 PM

Dave J

Dave J

So far...not so good!

Jun 12 - 06:14 PM

Loren Burrell

Loren Burrell

That's only because the snooty reviews have come in. The same ones that complained about no action, no weight, and no threat in 'Returns' are now complaining about too much action and too much weight in 'MoS'. Once all the reviews are in place, it will be much better.

Jun 12 - 06:28 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

Maybe because there IS too much action. It goes like this:
Plot details
Action
More Action
Even More Action
Credits.

Jun 12 - 06:30 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Not historically true Loren, generally early reviews for fanboy films skew higher as critics who are invested in seeing them go out of their way to see them, it's generally down from there as the guys and gals who have no dog in the fight weigh in. MoS seems to be following that track.

Jun 12 - 07:02 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

He was a kid! He should be afraid of tornadoes at 13. He knew he had powers, but with the mind of a 13 yr old would you know how to use them. Invalid statement by critic

Jun 13 - 01:06 PM

Dave J

Dave J

I've taken some time to read some of the negative reviews myself, and I have to say some are self-explanatory, particularly the one where the reviewer said if Superman had super powers then he had the opportunity to save his parents which he didn't do at all, and as a result of that scene started a chain of situations about why some of the characters actions didn't make much sense either!

Jun 13 - 01:09 PM

AccursedArachnid

Accursed Arachnid

It may make a lot more money, but Man of Steel looks like it will lag behind at least the first two and even Singer's 'disappointing' follow up in critical acclaim.

Jun 13 - 10:10 PM

John Stovall

John Stovall

Critics issue not mine. Most don't understand how to review a movie in a way relevant to what the audience is looking for ( you know entertainment) anyway.

Jun 16 - 09:26 AM

jimb14red

Michael Sullivan

I would agree with you if you didn't say Director's Cut of part 2.

Jun 12 - 06:12 PM

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Valmordas

Val Mordas

Not really, half these critics are idiots like you.

Jun 12 - 09:30 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I'm a bit depressed that Superman returns has a better score than Man of Steel to be honest... Why am I so bummed! I have been lowering my expectations for months!

Jun 13 - 07:34 AM

Dave J

Dave J

So far...not so good!

Jun 12 - 06:14 PM

Loren Burrell

Loren Burrell

That's only because the snooty reviews have come in. The same ones that complained about no action, no weight, and no threat in 'Returns' are now complaining about too much action and too much weight in 'MoS'. Once all the reviews are in place, it will be much better.

Jun 12 - 06:28 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

Maybe because there IS too much action. It goes like this:
Plot details
Action
More Action
Even More Action
Credits.

Jun 12 - 06:30 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Not historically true Loren, generally early reviews for fanboy films skew higher as critics who are invested in seeing them go out of their way to see them, it's generally down from there as the guys and gals who have no dog in the fight weigh in. MoS seems to be following that track.

Jun 12 - 07:02 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

He was a kid! He should be afraid of tornadoes at 13. He knew he had powers, but with the mind of a 13 yr old would you know how to use them. Invalid statement by critic

Jun 13 - 01:06 PM

Dave J

Dave J

I've taken some time to read some of the negative reviews myself, and I have to say some are self-explanatory, particularly the one where the reviewer said if Superman had super powers then he had the opportunity to save his parents which he didn't do at all, and as a result of that scene started a chain of situations about why some of the characters actions didn't make much sense either!

Jun 13 - 01:09 PM

Loren Burrell

Loren Burrell

Superman Returns was utter garbage.

Jun 12 - 06:26 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Looks like it was still better than MoS though, for me even though SR wasn't a great stand alone movie it was at the very least a very good opening installment to a trilogy. It's very sad to me that we never got to see Singer's second and third acts. Looks like the only question still left as far as MoS is concerned is if it's going to do bad enough critically and financially to kill the JLA idea before it starts.

Jun 12 - 07:07 PM

Chris C.

Chris C

"too much action" is a laughable complaint at best. These same critics were on their knees for Returns, which was AWFUL. This isn't Donners Superman and thank God for it.

Jun 12 - 07:46 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Thank God it's not very good? See most of Michael Bay's films if you want an example of too much action being a problem. It's not the fact that it's too much action really, what they really mean too much action and not enough coherent story. Same problems Sucker Punch had.

Jun 12 - 08:07 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Have not seen Man of Steel, but it being better than 'Returns' is almost assured.

Jun 12 - 09:31 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Not according to critics, we'll see about audiences who actually have SR higher than Superman II. That kinda took me aback too.

Jun 12 - 09:39 PM

Dave J

Dave J

I think Nolan preferred to do other projects than to be involved with another super hero project, but because Warner Brothers offered him way too much money, Nolan couldn't refuse because I've been reading that the "Man Of Steel" movie took way too many liberties in order for it to be enjoyable!

And I guess "Fast And Furious 6" is going to receive a much higher rating than the "Man Of Steel", and so much for your hopes of it becoming a better action film than "Fast And furious 6"!

Jun 13 - 04:09 PM

Mark Kauffman

Mark Kauffman

MOS will be a fun film, still bummed SR got such a bad rap!! It wasn't great, but like someone else said X-Men was well sorta slow and to me blah!!!! But X2 was great! Oh well, personally, from the trailers I like the direction they are going as well as the crazy over the top action! I mean it is based on a comic lol. I mean it is Zack Synder, were you expecting a true Nolan film????

Jun 14 - 08:31 AM

Loren Burrell

Loren Burrell

That's only because the snooty reviews have come in. The same ones that complained about no action, no weight, and no threat in 'Returns' are now complaining about too much action and too much weight in 'MoS'. Once all the reviews are in place, it will be much better.

Jun 12 - 06:28 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

Maybe because there IS too much action. It goes like this:
Plot details
Action
More Action
Even More Action
Credits.

Jun 12 - 06:30 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Not historically true Loren, generally early reviews for fanboy films skew higher as critics who are invested in seeing them go out of their way to see them, it's generally down from there as the guys and gals who have no dog in the fight weigh in. MoS seems to be following that track.

Jun 12 - 07:02 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

He was a kid! He should be afraid of tornadoes at 13. He knew he had powers, but with the mind of a 13 yr old would you know how to use them. Invalid statement by critic

Jun 13 - 01:06 PM

Dave J

Dave J

I've taken some time to read some of the negative reviews myself, and I have to say some are self-explanatory, particularly the one where the reviewer said if Superman had super powers then he had the opportunity to save his parents which he didn't do at all, and as a result of that scene started a chain of situations about why some of the characters actions didn't make much sense either!

Jun 13 - 01:09 PM

OG Cutler

Cutler's 5th Account

Maybe because there IS too much action. It goes like this:
Plot details
Action
More Action
Even More Action
Credits.

Jun 12 - 06:30 PM

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