Originally Posted by Joshua_B
Singer just leaned on the Donner era far too much...and while I think Brandon Routh was okay, he looked way too young for Superman. Kevin Spacey was great as Lex, and Kate Bosworth's version of Lois reminded me of Erica Durance on "Smallville". Frank Langella was far too gentle as Perry, and Sam Huntington's performance just annoyed me after a while. I actually liked James Marsden as Richard White, even though it resulted in Cyclops being killed off for "X3". I also liked the idea of Superman having a kid, but the history Singer created for the film was too vague.
On the whole, "Returns" was far too dependent on what had come before; that's what I meant by "a lack of originality". It's still light-years ahead of "Superman III", though.
I agree with this almost completely. Routh was fine, IMO but Bosworth was nowhere near as tenacious or charming enough to be Lois. Langella has nothing on LANE SMITH! Spacey was nowhere near as evil as I know he can be on film. Should have had a better characterization. The rest of the cast did great!