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Superman Returns *OFFICIAL* Superman Returns Noob question thread.


May 1, 2003
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*Thanks for the Sticky MORG :up: *


THis thread will work in two parts. The first is this post. It contains all the main information regarding the production. It will be updated as we go. The second part is the thread, ask a question and you will get an answer.

Pretty simple really :up:


***THE FILM***

When will it come out?

International release date - 30 June 2006 (some markets are later check local guides)

When will we get the trailer?

According to the WB, SR trailer 1 will be released in May.

Whats the budget?

The film was budgeted at 184.5 million. This figure will grow with effects work... but is still South of 200.
*Quote taken from Singer at Wonder-Con 06*

What is the film about?

A number of things. First of all, its about Superman returning to a world he left. Its also about relationships and has an underlying theme of technology (especially reagrding how Kryptonian technology works).

Singer has stated that its about "What hapens when old boyfriends return".


Following a mysterious absence of several years, the Man of Steel comes back to Earth in the epic action-adventure Superman Returns, a soaring new chapter in the saga of one of the world’s most beloved superheroes.

While an old enemy plots to render him powerless once and for all, Superman faces the heartbreaking realization that the woman he loves, Lois Lane, has moved on with her life. Or has she? Superman’s bittersweet return challenges him to bridge the distance between them while finding a place in a society that has learned to survive without him.

In an attempt to protect the world he loves from cataclysmic destruction, Superman embarks on an epic journey of redemption that takes him from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space.

Whats the deal? Is it a restart?


It now seems that SR is more or less a direct sequel to the first two Superman films. A series of comics will be released linking the films and explaining what has been going on since Supermans exile.

Its a new Superman storyline with new, modern elements. The first two films serve as a "Vague History" for Superman Returns. Some elements will be familiar (The Fortress of Solitude, Kryptonite and the Kent Farm), while others will be new.

Does the show SMALLVILLE work with the same timeline as SUPERMAN RETURNS?

No. For the most part SMALLVILLE is an independant retelling of Supermans origins. The people involved with the show have hower added some elements from the old films (THE FOS) so people familiar with SMALLVILLES version of the mythos can make the step over to the more classical version of Superman.

Singer on the film...

"Rather than being a remake of the original movie," Singer added, "this film explores Superman's influence on our global culture and the impact of his return to Earth after an absence of several years. It's my great pleasure to bring this new chapter of the Superman legacy to the screen with this incredible cast."


Who is making Superman Returns?

Director - Bryan Singer
Screenplay - Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris
Story - Singer and Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris
Producers - Gilbert Adler, Jon Peters and Bryan Singer
Mucic producer/Score - John Ottman

Who is in it?

Brandon Routh - Superman
Kate Bosworth - Lois Lane
Kevin Spacey - Lex Luthor
Marlon Brando - Jor-El
Sam Huntington - Jimmy Olsen
James Karen - Ben Hubbard
Frank Langella - Perry White
James Marsden - Richard White
Kal Penn - Stanford
Parker Posey - Kitty Koslowski
Eva Marie Saint - Martha Kent
Stephan Bender - Young Clark/Kal-El

What about the director?

Directed by Brian Singer. Singer has previously worked on the X-Men films. His sexual orientation (or that of the cast members) is not important to the film.

Who is this Brandon Routh and why is he Superman?

It was Singers intention to cast an "unknown actor" in the role. Aparantly, his screen test withj Kate Bosworth (playing Lois) is what got him over the line. The chemistry between the two was a very important factor in the casting process.

Brandon has appeared on a few TV shows in the past Including "Gillmore Girls" and "Cold Case".

Brandon had tested for the Superman role with one of the previous attempts at a Superman film.

How did Bosworth get cast as Lois?

Bosworth was cast after a screen testing process. Kevin Spacey suggested Singer test Bosworth for the role (Spacey and Bosworth had previously worked on Beyond the Sea).


Will Clark be a bumbling fool again?

Yes, Although I dont believe it will be exactly the same as Reeve's Clark.

Is Luthor the only bad guy? why no "Super villians"

Yes, Luthor is the only badguy in this film. There are no "Super Villians" in Superman Returns although they will "hint" at classic villians they can go on to use in the next films.

What about Lex? is he campy again?

No. While retaining some of his wit (he is an evil genius afterall) This version of Luthor is much darker and evil. According to the production team, Luthor has spent some serious time in jail and it has deepened his hatred for Superman.

Will Lex fight Superman if there are no "Super Villians"?

Indeed. Luthor is more than a match for Superman and will definetly get the better of him in this film.

What is Lex up to in this film?

Seems that lex is still hell bent on land (see SUPERMAN:THE MOVIE) Although this time its on a whole new scale.

Lex creates a new continent using Kryptonoan technology. At this point it seems to be an accident

This new continent is known as New Krypton and causes serious problems with the Earths natural balance

Lex has "Henchmen"... please tell me its not "OTIS" all over again!

It dosent seem that way.

Kal Penn plays one of Luthors henchmen... its unknown exactly what his role is.

Ian Roberts plays another, named Riley. From the blogs and set pics it seems that he is acting as Luthors videographer... documenting the rise of Luthor and the downfall Superman?

Parker Posey plays Luthors Girlfriend.

Who will Superman fight and what will the action scenes be?

First of all, Luthor... Although that wont be a battle of strength.

Superman will be doing more than just saving people and poor kittens stuck up in trees.

Lois has a boyfriend and a kid? WTF???!!! :mad:


Lois is a strong, independent woman and has moved on (sort of ;) ) since Superman and Clark left her. She has a new boyfriend in the form of Richard White and they have a son together.

It is unknown what role the child plays and who the child really belongs to.

Is its Supermans kid?


Rumors are floating about supporting a number of theories on the "KID".

Does the kid have "special powers"?


Is Pa Kent in the film?

No. He is dead. He may appear in a flashback of some kind.


SUPERMAN RETURNS is the first film to use the new Panavision Genesis digital cameras.

On the Breeza location set (Smallville/Kent farm) The crew had to grow their own corn for several key scenes.

A huge Metropolis set was constructed at the WB film studios on the Gold Coast... only to be dismantled and relocated to the main FOX Sydney studios after budget and time problems.

Several well known Sydney buildings in the CBD were given a facelift to fit into the film.

Brian Singer based his first X-Men film off Donner's Superman:The Movie.

Actor Ian Roberts (Playing Riley) is a former professional Rugby player.


Official SUPERMAN RETURNS website


Discription of "Vague history" (Thanks to BLUETIGHTS.COM)


Bluetights (Links for forums, production blogs and news)


Unnofficial Brandon Routh Site.


Superman homepage (further Superman info)


Superman returns media

Nice thread Mentok and this should be sure to help out anyone who isn't familiar with the movie. Great job.
Ok, I think it is a good point to have it made a sticky like this due to questions that been repeated again and again, hopefully this will help with the excessive posts of asking the same thing.
A question thats been burnin me...

Do we know, or have ANY idea, how strong, in terms of brute strength, Superman will be in this movie? Will he be a GOD, or more like the Superman:TAS Superman?
Vague history is spelled wrong in question, Whats the deal? Is it a restart?
Agentdemon said:
Vague history is spelled wrong in question, Whats the deal? Is it a restart?

Bryan Singer has said in interviews that his movie will be a sequel to STM & II.
^LOL I was referring to the question "Whats the deal? Is it a restart?" because vague is spelled wrong.
Yeah, a few spelling mistakes, but I had other stuff to do. I am spell ckecking now :D
All the INFO on Superman Returns in one spot.

I dig.
Mentok, On the question "Who will Superman fight and what will the action scenes be?",
why you didn't write something about cataclism and New Krypton?
Did Routh, Spacey and Bosworth sign acontract to come back for sequels?

Remember that was with Spidey.
Good stuff.

The land question is a bit incorrect though. We don't know if Luthor is creating new Krypton because he wants property (as in STM) but it's more likely due to the technology contained within his new version of the FOS.

It might also be worth adding a few question in regards to the marketing and distribution: Release dates, Trailers etc. as there are so many threads on these issues.
ruhanv said:
Good stuff.

The land question is a bit incorrect though. We don't know if Luthor is creating new Krypton because he wants property (as in STM) but it's more likely due to the technology contained within his new version of the FOS.

It might also be worth adding a few question in regards to the marketing and distribution: Release dates, Trailers etc. as there are so many threads on these issues.

Spoilers are proof of NK.
No problem guys. I will update my first post.

Let me know if anything is wrong or you think of something else that can go up :up:
The Game said:
When New Krypton is built what colour will it be?

I don't know when it will be built, but I know it will be full of kryptonite.

So it will have green colour.

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