Superman Returns

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I am taking a slightly different direction and I have created a new blog called Superhero Archetypes which I will use to explore the role our superheroes and villains play in our society from my humble perspective.  If you would like to continue this conversation, go on over to Superhero Archetypes and let’s see where it takes us.

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July 29, 2006 Posted by | New media, Superman sites | 4 Comments

My short review …

I recently saw Superman Returns twice and it was brilliant.  Brandon Routh quickly proved himself to be a excellent choice to succeed Christopher Reeve and some of my friends remarked that at times, he sounded a lot like Reeve.  For the most part I thought this movie was brilliant and agree with many commentators that this is the movie we have been waiting for since Superman 2 all those years ago.  Of course one of the benefits of waiting so long is that the crew who made this movie possible had technology available to them that simply wasn’t available in the late 70s when Superman 2 was made.  The effects in Superman Returns were excellent and it was often difficult to see where reality ended and where the effects began.  A good example of this is a video on YouTube revealing the Superman who sent the shuttle off on its flight near the beginning of the movie was, in fact, computer generated.

There were many things about the movie I really enjoyed and prefer to the way Clark Kent and his abilities are dealt with in Smallville.  For one thing, when Superman flies, there is no noise like the one Clark makes every time he goes off somewhere in Smallville.  As you would expect, Superman is virtually silent when he flies.  All you really hear is the flapping of his cape or the occasional sonic boom when he goes supersonic.  The one thing that I initially thought was a little silly was that when he used his x-ray vision he wasn’t looking at things the way Clark Kent in Smallville was but was rather using what has been referred to as “see through vision”.  My wife pointed out that he can see through things in layers and it occurred to me that in the comics, this is one of the ways he can see through things.  In fact, towards the end of the movie when he rescued Lois and her family, he used something like x-ray vision to scan her for injuries.

A few people complained about inconsistencies in the storyline and pointed to things that seemed unrealistic even given the nature of the movie.  These included how he was able to lift the island into space with kryptonite coming at him for every direction when, 15 minutes before, he couldn’t muster the energy to fend off Lex Luthor’s thugs.  Of course he did rise up and get a quick charge from the sun before he did that but it does detract a little from the storyline a bit.  At the same time it wasn’t so implausible that it couldn’t possibly happen in the world of Superman.  He is Superman after all.  The major storyline change has to do with Lois’ son and that was a whopper.  I don’t know how that is going to pan out in what I hope will be future Superman movies with Routh.  It will be interesting to see how that is dealt with.

On the whole, this movie was excellent.  Routh was amazing, as was Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor.  Everyone was great and the movie was just what I have been waiting for.

(this is a cross post from my Vox blog)

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July 15, 2006 Posted by | Actors, New media, Storyline | 6 Comments

Superman’s shuttle send-off

I know I am a bit behind with my posts given the subject matter of this blog and the fact that I saw Superman Returns twice last weekend.  I have been meaning to post my thoughts about the movie and I’ll do that.  In the meantime, did you know that the Superman that sent the shuttle off (if you haven’t seen the movie this is a spoiler of sorts) is a CG Superman and not the real thing.  Anyway, check this out, it is brilliant.

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July 15, 2006 Posted by | New media | 3 Comments

If you are a true fan you’ll get one of these …

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Alienware has released special edition notebooks and desktop PCs emblazoned with Superman artwork for the real fan!  According to CNET:

In this age of Hollywood-branded gadgets, it’s no surprise that Alienware has come out with a series of limited-edition Superman PCs to coincide with the caped crusader’s big-screen return. The individually numbered Area-51 desktop and notebook systems capture the Man of Steel mystique through case artwork, as well as desktop themes that incorporate touches from the Superman universe. Think green Kryptonite and Clark Kent’s glasses.

The site dedicated to these beautiful machines is worth the visit alone.  Just be warned, there are limited numbers available!

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June 8, 2006 Posted by | New media | 3 Comments

Superman Returns on Yahoo! Movies

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Yahoo! Movies has some pretty good coverage of Superman Returns.  There are trailers, images, information about the upcoming movie and even links to other Superman movies.  I battled a little to play movie trailers on the site through Quicktime but there is an option to play Windows Media videos too.

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June 1, 2006 Posted by | New media, Superman sites | 2 Comments

Official website revamped

The official Superman Returns website has been revamped somewhat.  There are TV spots and trailers in a variety of formats, not to mention the usual stills and other downloads.  It is well worth checking out.  You can even subscribe to the video feed in iTunes and receive new video as and when it is published.

I love the new TV spots.  We don’t get these here in South Africa so it is great to see all the new footage.  Love the Web!

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June 1, 2006 Posted by | New media, Superman sites | Leave a comment

More trailers emerge

A new trailer for release in the US market (I think) has been released.  This one gives even more info on the storyline of the movie which is looking better and better.

(via Bluetights.net)

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May 28, 2006 Posted by | New media | Leave a comment

The trailer is online! Don’t walk, run!

SupermanReturnsTrailer21.jpgBluetights.net has linked to the full Superman Returns trailer on the Apple website. I am downloading it now as fast as my little connection can manage it. My advice? Do it, do it now!


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May 4, 2006 Posted by | New media | Leave a comment

Images from the film revealed – spoiler alert!

200604301620 According to Bluetights.net, an ad shown in Australia contained some footage of Superman in a fast action scene:

SupermanVillain posted at The Planet today that he saw a Warner Bros. Movie World/Coca Cola commercial on Fox 8 in Australia. More importantly, he said the ad contained new footage from the film. The footage, for those who’ve read their spoilers, is apparently from a particular high-speed chase Superman engages in. If you don’t mind seeing potentially spoilery images, check them out here. UPDATE: Iris over at BrandonRouth.com has posted up several more images from the commercial, and they’re pretty impressive. Click the link to view the gallery.

It looks a little like the scene from the first movie when Superman saved Air Force One from crashing …

Update:

Here is the commercial the stills were taken from … I love the attention to detail – his hair moves as he flies!

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April 30, 2006 Posted by | New media, Storyline | Leave a comment

Just in time …

Time magazine has published a cool photo of Superman flying really fast.  The image below was apparently the only version available.  It is still really cool, nonetheless.

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(via Bluetights.net)

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April 30, 2006 Posted by | New media | 3 Comments