Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Coming Soon - Superman Returns

[Pic Courtesy Rediff]

Superman Returns is one of only two movies I want to see on the big screen among the Hollywood 2006 summer releases (I've written enough about the other one :-). Growing up, Superman was my favorite comicbook superhero and I can't wait to see his latest incarnation on screen.

The earlier Superman movies, especially Superman I and II, retained the spirit of the comics. They were bright, colorful, had simple story lines and were almost children's films. I remember seeing them on the big screen and watching wide-eyed as Superman caught a falling helicopter, saved a child from the waterfalls and lay between broken railway tracks to avoid a train accident.

Christopher Reeve was just perfect as the Man of Steel. His twinking, blue eyes, square-jawed face and helpful smile fit the image of Superman as shown in the comics. He also made an endearing Clark Kent. Walking away from fights and stuttering through conversations with Lois Lane, he brought just the right amount of humor to the role.

Brandon Routh seems to be a good replacement for Reeve though he looks more like Superboy than Superman. Kevin Spacey, one of my favorite actors, plays Lex Luthor, Superman's most famous nemesis. The film is directed by Bryan Singer, who directed both the X-Men movies and The Usual Suspects.


At 9:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

bb, i agree with you-- Routh seems to be a very good replacement for Reeve, who unfortunately, is no longer with us...feel bad watching some movies with the realization that the actors who brought the characters to life are no more...annaikki was watching parts of Dhevar Magan-- just couldnt "take it" in the scene where the great Sivaji "passes away" (in the movie, that is).
i guess reeve achieved immortality thro' Superman the way Brando did thro' Godfather and Sivaji did thro his many roles...
when's this movie getting released btw?

At 10:53 AM, Blogger Raju said...

after batman, it is the turn of superman... I am getting used to both of them only now.. I am yet to watch any full superman movie till now..

At 11:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never been a superman fan... but I know I'll watch this =P.

But hey... X-Men 3 is coming :) woohoo


At 12:27 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

prasanna, yes MI3, DVC and Superman r all coming to the big screen within the next couple of months. movie lovers can be real happy :)

ram, spot on about reeve. thinking about superman brings only his image in mind. the film opens june 20.

raju, superman 1 and 2 r worth watching :)

merino, kinda the opposite for me. never been a x-men fan but huge superman fan :)

At 7:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll pretend that I didn't read that =P.

Hey Pirates of the caribbean 2 is coming out too.. lol


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