Here’s Everything Wrong With Superman Returns (in 6 Minutes)

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Here’s Everything Wrong With <i>Superman Returns</i> (in 6 Minutes)

I have a confession: I think Warner Bros.’ previous attempt to revive the Man of Steel franchise, Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns, gets a bum rap. Oh, sure, it had its problems — it’s overly reverential to 1978’s Superman and 1980’s Superman II, the kid subplot was weird and unnecessary, the story might’ve been better served by a fresh antagonist, etc. — but so did those first two films. (Despite Christopher Reeve’s endearingly earnest performance, much of Superman feels like you’re watching the driest of TV biographies, and Superman II is derailed by the romance storyline and Clark’s willingness to forsake his duty to Earth for the love of Lois. Don’t get me started on his new powers and throwable flypaper S emblem.)

But, hey, I found Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man virtually unwatchable, and I believe Mark Steven Johnson’s Daredevil is better (if maybe only a little) than most people give it credit for, so what do I know.

With that out of the way, I present CinemaSins’ latest video, “Everything Wrong With Superman Returns in 6 Minutes or Less.” Although some of the “movie sins” are tough to disagree with — Luthor’s scheme, that no one connects Clark’s five-year disappearance with Superman’s, the Man of Steel’s on-again, off-again kryptonite weakness — others are clearly nitpicky, and even downright odd. Take, for instance, that Pulitzer Prize winner Lois Lane doesn’t know there are no F’s in “catastrophic” is counted as a “sin”; both her horrible spelling and her desire for a Pulitzer are throwbacks to those first two films, which certainly falls under “overly reverential,” but a sin? (Whether she would’ve won the award for a single editorial is another matter.) However, that’s the way these types of videos go …

If you hated Superman Returns (which most people apparently did), you’ll likely find your opinion reaffirmed by this video — or maybe even discover new reasons to dislike it. Meanwhile, I’m going to go dust off my DVD …