I love these parody videos by ItsJustSomeRandomGuy on YouTube. In a few words, he can review a movie while making great points. In this video, Hi, I’m a Marvel…and I’m a DC. (Mac PC Parody) #3, he takes on Superman Returns.
It’s a funny poke at the film.
Bryan Singer directed Superman Returns. He’s known for The Usual Suspects. Back when it came out fans, comedians, and smart asses were running around declaring: “I am Keyser Söze.” I believe the film even made Kevin Spacey, who’s in this film as Lex Luther, a household name. Handsome new actor Brandon Routh fills out the trunks of his Superman costume quite nicely. I’ve never paid so much attention to a superhero’s junk before.
I wonder what possessed the director (and producers) to manufacture and pursue this particular storyline. I think it’s alien to Superman’s history. This movie could have started from the very beginning, as a relaunch, or re-imagination, in the same fashion as Batman and Spiderman. Batman has been relaunched or re-imagined twice within the last two decades. That approach certainly hasn’t hurt the franchise. Nearly every release has yielded an entertaining blockbuster.
The plot of this film is rather simple: Superman goes away and returns to a different world. Lois Lane (played by Kate Bosworth) has a little boy and another man in her life. Lex Luthor still hates his guts. And Kal Penn of Harold and Kumar fame, hardly says a word in the entire film.
I mean if they are willing to change that much they should have gone all the way. Have Superman fight Dr. Doom or another creature from out of space with nearly equal powers. Put him in a sexy black outfit sans cape. Show that he likes all women – make him a flirt. ‘Cause the Lois Lane plot line has run its course.
He is a Super Man. Make him one times ten. He doesn’t work for a newspaper, because he’s fighting crime nearly all the time.
Frankly, I hate the kryptonite-makes-him-weak storyline. It’s always been boring. It makes Superman boring too. They forgot to give him a personality in this film. I could rewrite, relaunch and breathe new life into Superman in ways they wouldn’t believe. I’d make him fun too.
In retrospect, Christopher Reeve is still the best Superman. He was the total package (no pun intended). Although after a few movies, he too, was ill served by the material.
I hope when DC, or whoever owns the rights, comes out with a new Superman, they realize they can keep him appropriately moral without turning him into a bore. Some witty dialogue, sexual tension, and a little bit of the old school James Bond-like enigma wouldn’t hurt. ‘Cause for a superhero, Superman never comes across as being that bright. And that’s a shame.
It’s a good move. Worth seeing if you have the time, ’cause like most of today’s films – it’s too damn long.