Superman Returns, and he's a Voyeur and a Homewrecker

Okay, it’s been out for a week now, so if you haven’t seen it yet, that’s your own lookout.

Dr Plait at the Bad Astronomy blog points out some gaffs about some things portrayed in the new flick, such as Krypton exploding and launching a shuttle off the back of a jet liner. Ici.

I posted a few of my own comments but I’ll also list them here:

CGI cape aside…. when Supes’ spaceship came tumbling down to Earth, I had to wonder what his power levels were (i.e. how much yellow sun energy can he soak up through his ship) and how much out of control does the ship have to be for him to have crash landed. The question really is, was it just luck that he survived the crash?

How Supes gets his suit, and its degree of invulnerability is a constant point of contention with me. I’ve come to accept that it can never be explained realistically so I just ignore it.

Safely catching people who are falling off buildings is something that superheroes always goof up on. Watching this in Batman or Superman the animated series is even worse, because often Supes will be traveling at super speed to snatch Lois from the jaws of death. Ouch!

My big problem was with Lex’s plan. I enjoyed the fact that he still is going on with the real estate get-rich-quick scheme. However, what happens after he grows the new continent? He relies (and expects us to rely) on a throwaway line that he can defend it from the rest of the world with a Kryptonian arsenal. Huh? What? How? Please to explain.

5 Replies to “Superman Returns, and he's a Voyeur and a Homewrecker”

  1. How does Supes visit Krypton though? Once he gets far enough from our yellow sun, doesn’t he suffocate in space?

  2. I got the impression it was the same space craft that brought Kal-El to Earth in the first place. He mentions burying it at the farm and I got the impression he was ‘putting it back where he found it’ though I could be wrong.

  3. Ah. Thanks for the scoop, T. I haven’t seen it yet, obviously. I plan to see it later this week at the Rio (as per your recommendation) if it still playing.

  4. This was my problem with Luthor’s real estate plan: The land created by the crystal was a series of uneven, little mesas with crystals jutting out at random angles, not exactly the easiest to navigate or build on (though I suppose that there were ‘buildings’ already formed from the growth). And the crystal itself seemed very brittle. The powerless Superman was smashing through them while he was getting kicked around by the hired goons. And I think the sea plane smashed through quite a few as well. I wouldn’t want to live somewhere where you could accidentally trip and smash through the walls.

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