Starlog Archives: Superman Returns
It had been almost two decades since Superman had last appeared on the big screen. During that time, Warner Brothers had repeatedly tried and failed to find ways to reboot the franchise. Finally in 2006, Superman flew into theaters again in the aptly titled Superman Returns. The studio thought they had scored a major victory when they successfully poached director Bryan Singer from Fox’s X-Men series. Singer was a fan of the old Superman movies and he set out to pick up where Superman II had left off while ignoring the less-loved third and fourth Christopher Reeve entries.
There was reason to be optimistic. But unfortunately, Superman Returns didn’t quite deliver the goods. People have probably forgotten that critics mostly liked the new Superman. It performed reasonably well at the box office, but not up to Warner Brothers’ expectations. Ultimately, Singer’s take on Superman was scrapped in favor of Zach Snyder’s. In retrospect, that was probably a mistake. Ten years ago, Starlog Magazine was still excited about the upcoming return of the Man of Steel.