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Fast-Paised review: ‘Superman Returns'

The Man of Steel (Brandon Routh) returns to Earth after a five-year absence and just in time; Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey) is out of prison and back to his old tricks.

Big question: There's been plenty of pre-release debate; is "Superman Returns" about a Christ figure, a gay icon or just a controversy-free superhero?

Catch it: Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) now has a five-year-old son, but not much else has changed since Superman left Metropolis. Yet the modern tweaks made for "Superman Returns" result in the franchise's most soaring action, funniest one-liners and the closest thing to genuine emotion.

Skip it: If you disagree with Daily Planet editor Perry White's (Frank Langella) theory: "Three things sell newspapers: tragedy, sex, and Superman." What about celebrity babies?

Bottom line: It wouldn't be a Superman movie if it weren't hokey and overlong, but director Bryan Singer provides little flourishes of playfully dark humor to keep the corniness under control. It's high-flying, super-fun entertainment that's perfect for summer.

Bonus: Want to hide from a boss, a pesky neighbor or a crazy ex? Take a lesson from Clark Kent and put glasses on. No one will recognize you!

Matt Pais is the metromix movies producer.


'Superman Returns'

Directed by Bryan Singer; screenplay by Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris; cinematography by Newton Thomas Sigel; edited by John Ottman and Elliot Graham; production design by Guy Hendrix Dyas; music by Ottman; produced by Singer, Jon Peters and Gilbert Adler. A Warner Bros Pictures release; opens 10 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, in some locations, opens wide Wednesday, June 28. Running time: 2:34.

Superman - Brandon Routh
Lois Lane - Kate Bosworth
Lex Luthor - Kevin Spacey
Richard White - James Marsden
Perry White - Frank Langella
Martha Kent - Eva Marie Saint
Kitty Kowalski - Parker Posey

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