I caught Superman Returns Wednesday night with the boyfriend down at the Paramount, catching the film in IMAX 3-D. This medium was a good medium indeed for a superhero film, though one of the scenes requiring 3-D was superfluous. The acting was competent, the plot was interesting, and though hearing the Superman theme song play while the names of Kevin Spacey and Parker Posey appeared produced a small bit of cognitive dissonance I managed to move past it. Taken on its own terms, I'd have to say that the film worked, even without the references to the vast and sprawling Superman canon, for instance the a recapitulation of the space plane incident that featured in Joe Byrne's The Man of Steel relaunch back in 1986. I just wonder how this film would play to people unversed in Superman: Would they enjoy it, or would it seem just another dense and incomprehensible myth?
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