By Hervé St.Louis
June 28, 2006 - 23:53
After years of absence, Superman returns to Earth in the nick of time to save Lois Lane and the crew of a space shuttle launching to space from an aircraft. Although Superman is back, all is not well for Earth. Lex Luthor having learned of Superman’s Krypton origin sets out to the Fortress of Solitude to steal the secrets of its alien technology. Coupled with deadly Kryptonite, Luthor wants to redraw the world map. Can Superman stop him in time?
Lois Lane is as driven as usual, although the cartoon version of her character is more strong-headed. Still, this film is as much about Lois Lane as it is about Superman. It is Clark Kent, Superman’s dorky alter ego who lacks screen time. Even Jimmy Olsen, Superman’s sidekick gets more screen time. Kevin Spacey’s Lex Luthor was menacing but gave a sober performance. The plot works and provides a threat great enough for Superman. My biggest peeve follows and here is a spoiler space for those of you who haven’ t seen the movie.
The Superboy thing also prepares the obvious death of Richard White in sequels so he can make way for Lois Lane and Superman to be together again. I bet in the second film, she discovers he is Clark Kent at the end and in the third, Richard dies. Throughout the beginning of the film Superman addressed Lois as Miss Lane. One would expect more familiarity for folks who slept together. It makes the Superboy thing out of synch with the rest of the film’s continuity.
Visually, this movie is ages beyond the last Superman film. One question is why the cape doesn’t flow up when Superman lands on the ground? The costume got some Spider-man-like textures to make it more modern and brown shades instead of red. I don’t mind that. Clark Kent really looks different from Superman so it covers the old question about the glasses not being enough to protect Superman’s identity.