Follow Us on Twitter

Bryan Singer discusses why Superman Returns didn't work

Superman Returns

Story by Jack Foley

BRYAN Singer has been discussing some of the reasons why his Superman Returns “didn’t work”.

Released in 2006 to generally positive reviews, and starring Brandon Routh, the film was designed to re-ignite the DC Comics’ franchise but under-performed at the global box office despite taking $391 million.

But in an interview with the director says he feels the style he employed may have caught people off-guard.

“I think that Superman Returns was a bit nostalgic and romantic, and I don’t think that was what people were expecting, especially in the summer,” he said.

He also criticised himself for paying too much attention to what some other viewers were going to see at the time – such as The Devil Wears Prada – in a bid to attract them to Superman, and for introducing a religious analogy that may have been “too heavy” for summer audiences.

Referencing the scene in which Kevin Spacey’s Lex Luthor stabs Superman with a shard of kryptonite, which has since been heavily criticised, Singer explained: “I’ve always felt that the origin of Superman is the story of Moses – the child sent on a ship to fulfill a destiny.

“And this was a story about Christ – it’s all about sacrifice: The world, I hear their cries. So what happens? He gets the knife in the side and later he falls to the earth in the shape of a crucifix.

“It was kind of nailing you on the head, but I enjoyed that, because I’ve always found the myth of Christ compelling and moving. So I hoped to do my own take, which is heavy s**t for a summer movie.”

Nevertheless, Singer says he remains proud of his movie even though he would make a more “balls to the wall action movie” if he was given the chance again.

Zack Snyder is currently in the process of rebooting the Superman franchise yet again, with Man of Steel

Singer, meanwhile, has switched back to the X-Men universe he first helped to launch, serving as a producer on Matthew Vaughn’s incoming X-Men: First Class

Read our review of Superman Returns

Next story: Early reviews of Marvel’s Thor impress