Page to Screen: Superman Returns (2006)

Superman Returns
based on characters by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster

While I wasn’t a big comic book reader as a kid, I was fond of Superman because of The Adventures of Lois & Clark, a sweetly silly adventure show about Lois, Clark, and their adventures as reporters (with spots of superheroics, of course!). A lot of what I love about Superman comes from that show—he’s an alien, but that’s not a big deal, Martha Kent is awesome, Dean Cain is now and forever Superman to me, and the Clark/Lois dynamic is goodhearted dope and hard-nosed snarker, respectively. Despite that, I wasn’t intrigued by this movie when it came out, and mostly knew it as a Superman movie that failed to create a franchise. But I was feeling kindly towards it in recent months, so I thought it was time to see if it really was that disappointing.

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