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"Superman Returns" Inspires Critical Drool

Superman Returns Bryan Singer ("X-Men" and "X2") appears to have scored with another superhero franchise. According to Reuters, early reviews of "Superman Returns" are glowing with critical gratitude.

For example ...

"Variety" reviewer Todd McCarthy places "Superman Returns" alongside comic book classics "Spider-Man 2" and "Batman Begins." McCarthy notes that Singer has wisely resisted the trend toward hipster cynicism in comic book adaptations: "['Superman Returns' is] quite sincere, with an artistic elegance and a genuine emotional investment in the material ..."

In general, negative criticism of comic book movies doesn't make a huge dent in the bottom line ("Catwoman" notwithstanding), but the addition of good reviews can vault these films into the box office stratosphere. The aforementioned critical darlings "Spider-Man 2" and "Batman Begins" had domestic grosses of $373 million and $205 million, respectively. "Superman Returns" seems poised to follow the same lucrative path to success (Warner Bros. execs are wringing their hands in gleeful anticipation).

"Superman Returns" opens Wednesday, June 28. -- Mac Slocum

Posted by Mac on June 20, 2006 12:49 PM
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