I recently saw Superman Returns again. Seeing it again confirmed my initial review — the overall tone of the movie is right and is as consistent with Richard Donner’s vision for Superman movies. The plot has some weaknesses, but Bryan Singer’s skilled direction, strong special effects and a rousing score overcome it quite well. There is a bit of a hole for Singer to dig out of though in the sequels, I hope he pulls it off.
Though Brandon Routh came across as if he was playing Christopher Reeve playing Superman/Clark Kent to some degree, he proved he was a worthy “custodian” (as Reeve would say) of the legacy. I don’t see how anybody could have done a better job succeeding Reeve than Routh did. Kevin Spacey was also perfectly cast as Lex Luthor.