I have a feeling, though, that no one knew exactly how precise a statement it would prove to be.'70s and '80s audiences certainly marveled at the sight, courtesy of then-groundbreaking optical effects, but it didn't stop there.Gone is Hackman's Luthor, Stamp's Zod and, really, any frightful foe; in their place, a laughably superpowered super-computer and a smarmy Lex Luthor hopeful.Kidder, Lois Lane and Metropolis are relegated to the sidelines in favor of Annette O'Toole, Lana Lang and Smallville; the thrill is gone and so is the romance, no matter how much Lester tries to position Lana and her son in Clark's heart. Some great scenes are buried in Lester's muck -- Superman battling his dark side chief among them -- but too much time is devoted to inconsequential subplots, leaving Superman MIA for far too long.His Lex is far more terrifying than Hackman's and he commands the screen whenever he waltzes into view, reeling, ranting and sinking his teeth into each scene with a maniacal grin that screams I'm a certifiable madman and I love it.
And it isn't just Reeve who leaves an indelible mark on the screen.
Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty's screenplay is partially to blame, but Singer never quite elicits the raw emotional response his writers are gunning for.
Be that as it may, there's still a lot to love about Superman Returns.
Superman: The Movie, Original Theatrical Release Rating: 3.5/5.0 Superman: The Movie mostly impresses with a 1080p/AVC-encoded video transfer that represents, for all intents and purposes, a notable but imperfect upgrade from Warner's 2006 Blu-ray release.
The main issue isn't the intermittent softness of the image, though, nor the inconsistencies that frequent its presentation.
Filmic in every way, the pleasant softness and diffuse haze that hangs over Superman traces back to Geoffrey Unsworth's original photography and intentions, as well as the film's optical effects.