Superman has never been my favorite super hero. I like him, don't get me wrong, but I can think of a dozen heroes I liked better growing up. That said, I don't know why I was so very excited to see Superman Returns. However, now in hindsight, all of that excitement seems well justified.
The movie was just... three hours of awesome. Simplest way I can put it. It is not an action film, so don't go into it expecting epic battles and non-stop action. That's not what Superman Returns is about. But what Bryan Singer and team did with this film is brilliant, and it may just beat out the original Spider-man in my book. It's a close call.
Marvel may be pushing out more films, but half of them suck. With Superman Returns and Batman Begins, DC is on a roll.
I watched the 1978 original Superman, the extended edition, the night before I went to see Superman Returns, and I'm glad I did. You don't need to see it to enjoy Superman Returns, but I think it certainly helped to have it all fresh in your mind. Returns pays so much homage to the original films and Christopher Reeve, while pushing the franchise forward onto new ground, and it all blends together seamlessly. None of the humor seemed cheesy, or forced, and there were no lines of dialogue that made me groan and roll my eyes (a first for a super hero flick).
I'm not going to spoil anything, I'm not going to go on and on. I already want to see it again, and I'm really looking forward to the next two Superman movies with Brandon Routh. I highly recommend you check out Superman Returns, even if you're not a Superman fan.
I'm frustrated that the Superman Returns video game has been pushed back to coincide with the DVD release of the movie. I played it at E3, and it was great. I could really use some flying around in blue tights about now.