Superman Returns

Synopsis: Following a mysterious absence of several years, the Man of Steel comes back to Earth in the epic action-adventure Superman Returns, a soaring new chapter in the saga of one of the world's most beloved superheroes. While an old enemy plots to render him powerless once and for all, Superman faces the heartbreaking realization that the woman he loves, Lois Lane, has moved on with her life. Or has she? Superman's bittersweet return challenges him to bridge the distance between them while finding a place in a society that has learned to survive without him. In an attempt to protect the world he loves from cataclysmic destruction, Superman embarks on an epic journey of redemption that takes him from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space.
Director(s): Bryan Singer
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 40 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
154 min

You will travel far, my little Kal-El.

But we will never leave you...

...even in the face of our deaths.

You will make my strength your own.

You will see my life through your eyes... your life will be seen through mine.

The son becomes the father,

and the father the son.

In spite of your past...

...I know you're a good man.

And all good men...

...deserve a second chance.

From the moment

I received your first letter...

...I knew you were not like the rest.

You came from nothing...

...and you worked so hard

to get where you are.

You might have made a few mistakes.

- Gertrude, for God's sake!

- Damn it, Gertrude, let us in now!

You said that if I helped you

get out of prison...'d take care of me.

And you have.

You've shown me pleasures

that I've never known.

That's why you deserve...


I love you...

...Lex Luthor.

Gertrude, let us in. He's a crook.

He doesn't love you, Gertrude!

He's a monster! Gertrude!

- You can keep that.

- Oh, God.

The rest is mine.

We're done.

Bye, Martha.

Oh, Clark.

Oh, my boy.

Will you get that thing out of my face!

Lex, your friends give me the creeps.

Prison is a creepy place, Kitty.

One needs to make creepy friends

in order to survive.

Even a man with my vast talents

is worth less inside...

...than a carton of cigarettes and

a sharp piece of metal in your pocket.

Do you know the story of Prometheus?

No, of course you don't.

Prometheus was a god who stole

the power of fire from the other gods...

...and gave control of it to mortals.

In essence, he gave us technology.

He gave us power.

So we're stealing fire? In the Arctic.

Actually, sort of. You see, whoever

controls technology controls the world.

The Roman Empire ruled the world

because they built roads.

The British Empire ruled the world

because they built ships.

America, the atom bomb,

and so on and so forth.

I just want what Prometheus wanted.

Sounds great, Lex, but you're not a god.

Gods are selfish beings

who fly around in little red capes...

...and don't share their power

with mankind.

Hey, boss.

We found something.

No, I don't wanna be a god.

I just wanna bring fire to the people.

And I want my cut.

Was this his house?

You might think so. Most would.

This is more of a monument

to a long dead...

...and extremely powerful civilization.

This is where he learned who he was.

This is where he came for guidance.


Endless possibilities.

You act like you've been here before.

My son... do not remember me.

I am Jor-El.

I'm your father.

By now, I will have been dead

many thousands of your years.

- He thinks I'm his son.

- You are the only survivor of Krypton.

Embedded in the crystals before you is

the total accumulation of all literature...

...and scientific fact

from dozens of other worlds...

...spanning the 28 known galaxies.

There are questions to be asked.

Here in this...

This Fortress of Solitude...

...we shall try to find

the answers together.

Can he see us?

No, he's dead.

So, my son...



Tell me everything...

...starting with crystals.

Hey, boy.

- on Tuesday, between support...

- hindered the firefighting efforts

for all those...

Police have finally arrived and it's

still complete mayhem down here.

Fighting broke out in the

southernmost region...

...with border fire

and small-arms attacks prevalent.

Don't worry, I buried it this morning.

- it was futile trying to force him

to testify before a grand jury.


Five years.

If your father was alive,

he never would have let you go.

I almost gave up hope.

I just thought

I would never see you again.

Oh, Clark.

Did you find what you were looking for?

I thought, hoped... might still be there.

Your home?

That place was a graveyard.

I'm all that's left.

Clark, the universe is a big place.

And you don't know who's out there.

And even if you are the last...'re not alone.

I know.

- Sorry.

- Look out!

Watch out, will you?

- Excuse me.

- Sorry.


Great. Would you be careful?

- Jimmy.

- Mr. Clark! I mean, Kent! Mr. Kent!

Welcome back! Oh, my God!

Hey, come... Wait right there.

I'll be right back.

Oh, hey, sorry, guys,

I'm still looking for a place to live...

...if you know of anything reasonable.

Behind you, Mr. Kent.

I made it myself. It's a cake.

Oh, it looks...


Olsen! Where are the photos

of that birthday-clown-massacre thing?

I'm on it, chief. Hey, look who's back.

- Kent?

- Hey, chief.

- Thank you for giving me my job back.

- Don't thank me.

Thank Norm Palmer for dying.

It was his time.

- Let's get you set up, huh?

- Olsen!

Okay, so I gotta run...

...but I will be back to check on you

in a sec, Mr. Kent.

Oh, hey, do you know

where I can find Lois?

The timing of this

automated-ignition countdown... the most precarious part

of the launch.

Lois Lane, Daily Planet.

You also stated that the shuttle

will usher in a new era of travel...

...enabling the average person

to afford transcontinental flights.

But can you tell us the exact price... "average person"

will be expected to pay?

The answer to that question

is in your press packet.

The Earth is surrounded

by a blanket of air...

...which we call the atmosphere.

It reaches over...

Yeah. He looks just like his mom.

Already takes after her too, especially

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Michael Dougherty

Michael Dougherty (born October 28, 1974) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter, known for his work with Dan Harris on the scripts for Bryan Singer's films X2 and Superman Returns. He's also known for writing and directing the cult horror film Trick 'r Treat. On October 28, 2013, at a special screening, it was announced to the surprise of the audience that a sequel will be produced by Legendary Pictures. He also directed, co-wrote, and co-produced the horror/comedy Krampus (2015). Dougherty will be co-writing and directing the upcoming sequel Godzilla: King of the Monsters for a May 31, 2019 release date. more…

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