Superman Returns

Superman returns nc

Release Date
June 10, 2020
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(The Channel Awesome logo is shown, followed by the NC title sequence. Then we open on NC sitting on his couch at home, with his laptop computer on his lap. He sees on YouTube the teaser trailer for Superman Returns, from the Trailer Guy)

NC: Man, I remember that being a good teaser.

(He clicks on the video, and it plays)

Jor-El (voiced by Doug): Even though you have been raised as a human being, you are not one of them. (NC nods) They can be a great people, if they wish to be. I have sent them you, my son. (NC mouths, "Fucking awesome!", as the Superman logo appears) Superman.

NC: Man, that still holds up. Too bad the movie sucks ass.

(He clicks on something on YouTube, and several videos on how bad Superman Returns was are shown)

NC: The hell is this? I watched one Superman Returns video. It doesn't mean that's all I want to see.

(He clicks on another part of the YouTube site, only to come up with even more Superman Returns videos. NC groans and then clicks on the "Trending" page, which seems to be trolling NC now, because it consists of nothing but Superman Returns videos)

NC: No, Superman Returns will never be trending!

(He then does a search on news, and several videos on the Snyder Cut come up)

NC: Okay, that's a little different.

(He clicks on a video, and a nerdy woman in glasses, played by Tamara, appears)

Nerdy woman: Hey, movie nerds! Today, I want to talk about the Snyder Cut and how it's not Superman Returns.

NC: (confused) What the shit?

Nerdy woman: Now, I for one am shocked that's not Superman Returns. I mean, everything pointed to the Snyder Cut being Superman Returns. (NC stares in shock) ...Superman Returns!

(NC sighs and clicks on another video. This one is hosted by one of the Chart Guys (played by Malcolm))

Chart Guy: Today on "But the Chart Says...", we're going to be taking a look at the likelihood of the Snyder Cut becoming a hit. (NC sighs with relief) But seeing as how you clicked on a Superman Returns video, every video you see now has to be about that.

NC: (incredulously) How do you even know that?!

Chart Guy: You might be wondering to yourself how I would even know that. Well, if you look at the chart...

(He gestures toward a chart, which has appeared in the corner, which reads, "CLICK ON YOUTUBE VIDEOS = ALL RECOMMENDED VIDEOS WILL BE ABOUT THAT". NC sighs and throws his head around in frustration, realizing there is no other way out)

NC: All right, I guess I'm talking about Superman Returns.

(The title for Superman Returns is shown, followed by footage of it. Dozens of posters of various superhero movies, both made before and after this movie, are also shown in the opening thoughts)

NC (vo): In 2006, with almost 20 years since the last Superman movie, and several bizarre attempts with (Images of Nicolas Cage, Robert Downey, Jr., and Ben Affleck are superimposed) several bizarre people gone awry, Superman Returns settled on the master of comic book movies... (A rapid-fire montage of comic book movie producers is shown, before settling on Bryan Singer) the time, Bryan Singer. He achieved surprising success with the first two X-Men films, so he seemed like a good middle-of-the-road choice for the Man of Steel. The only problem was, it was 2006. While superhero movies were just starting to make a comeback, they were nowhere near the powerhouse they are today. People didn't exactly know what the best way to handle them was, so they were mostly played pretty safe. Say what you will about comic book films after, but there's no doubt several of them pushed the envelope. Before then, even the biggest hits didn't take that many risks. Superman Returns might be the crowning achievement of playing it too safe. While certainly tapping on ideas that could be made interesting, it retreaded way too much of what's already been done before, resulting in a major bore-fest. Audiences mainly said the deep stuff is fine, but Superman doesn't even throw a punch in this, causing the film to majorly underperform at the box office. So, what happened to turn arguably the most popular superhero of all time into an excuse to catch some (An image of the Superman logo is superimposed, but with a Z instead of an S) super Zs?

(NC is shown coming into his review room)

NC: Let's talk about this two-and-a-half hour snoozer, as nobody else who talked about it I think could actually stay awake.

(The nerdy woman suddenly wakes up)

Nerdy woman: What? Oh. Uh, yeah, I tried, but I guess no one can get through this without falling asleep.

(The Chart Guy is shown holding a pillow and a blanket)

Chart Guy: I just thought that a pillow and blanket were required when discussing anything about this movie.

NC: (sighs) Let's snore our way through this with Superman Returns.

(The Chart Guy immediately falls asleep)

Chart Guy: (snoring) Charts, charts, charts, charts...

(The movie begins on the planet Krypton, Superman's home planet)

NC (vo): Okay, let's talk about, in my opinion, the biggest problem with the movie, and it's right at the beginning...

NC: Superman missing for years.

NC (vo): The excuse they go with is, astronomers discovered distant remains of Krypton and he vanished.

NC: Kinda weird, but I guess it could be interesting...

NC (vo): ...if we see the mindset, what led up to it, the choice of leaving his new home and the people he loves to possibly reconnect with the past one.

(Instead, it's all explained with simple text on the screen)

NC (vo): Nah, just text it to us! (Green arrows point out Superman's disappearance, told in a single sentence) In fact, only one sentence explained what happened; the rest reminds us what we already know! Is anyone going into a Superman movie really not aware of this information?

NC: It's like starting off The Dark Knight with...

(Text pops up reading: "Bruce Wayne is the guy dressed as a bat". Then after a beat, another word is added: "Dumbass". We then cut back to Superman Returns)

NC (vo): It may seem odd spending the majority of time focusing on what's not needed, but you'll find that's kind of the wedding theme of this movie; it's gonna pop up over and over.

(The title for the movie is shown, which is identical to the original Superman, music and all)

NC (vo): So, you'll quickly put together this is supposed to take place in the same universe as the Richard Donner films, using the same theme and even casting their lead (Images of the two actors playing Superman are shown: Christopher Reeve and Brandon Routh) based on how much he looks and sounds like the late Christopher Reeve.

(Cut to a clip of the original Superman)

Superman (Christopher Reeve): (to Lois Lane) Well, I certainly hope this little incident hasn't put you off flying, miss. (Lois shakes her head)

(Cut to a clip of Superman Returns, on an airplane, which Superman had just saved from going out of control and crashing (given the oxygen masks hanging from the ceilings))

Superman (Brandon Routh): (to the crowd he had saved) Well, I hope this experience hasn't put any of you off flying.

NC (vo): Judging by the credits, you might think maybe this could work. The music and visuals are pretty cool, getting you hyped up...

NC: ...but tell me if this matches the style of the Donner films...

(As the credits end and the camera closes in on Earth, there is an abrupt cut to black for a beat before flashes of lightning illuminate the exterior of a mansion, with several cars parked outside)

NC: (dramatically) Superman battles (now imitating Scooby-Doo) g-g-g-ghosts!

NC (vo): This immediately doesn't match! It'd make more sense if this popped up after that shot...

(The mansion, illuminated by lightning, is shown again. This time, the words "Super Scooby Doo Where Are You!" pop up, while the Scooby-Doo theme plays)

NC (vo; singing): Super Scooby-Doo, where are you? (normal) It looks like a dying old millionaire is leaving to Lex Luthor for, sadly, the exact reason you would expect.

Millionaire: (to Luthor) You've shown me pleasures that I've never known.

(A shot of a CG-animated girl is shown in the corner)

Girl: Ewwww! (covers her mouth)

NC (vo): the cast of Knives Out discover this via a snarky Kevin Spacey performance.

(Lex Luthor, who seemed to have hair as he entered the room, pulls on his hair, which comes off his head easily, revealing that it was only a wig, and his dome is as bald as ever. He gives his wig to a little girl)

Luthor: You can keep that. The rest is mine.

(The little girl screams)

NC: Agreed. By far, that's the most shocking thing Kevin Spacey will ever reveal about himself.

NC (vo): Meanwhile, in Smallville, we see Superman's mother [Martha Kent, played by Eva Marie Saint] playing Scrabble with her dog... She might be nuts. something lands in her backyard.

(As Martha looks out the window to investigate, she spots a huge meteorite crashing into the ground. Cut briefly to a clip of (I don't know what the movie is))

Man: Vegas.

(Cut back again to Superman Returns)

NC (vo): It looks like it's Clark, played this time by Brandon Routh, arriving home via Kryptonian pod. You might be wondering where he got that pod from. Did he make it? Did he find it?

(A clip of the original Superman movie, showing the pod Kal-El was delivered in as a baby is shown)

NC (vo): Is it the one he was delivered to Earth in, made to fit a grown man instead of a baby?

(The opening words about the astronomers discovering the remains of Kryptonian is shown in the corner)

NC: We wrote you a sentence! (reaches out hand) Check, please!

(We then cut to a ship in a storm, rolling over some violent waves as it does)

NC (vo; singing to the Gilligan's Island theme): The movie started getting dull, this boring film will flop...

(Meanwhile, Luthor and his henchmen enters Superman's Fortress of Solitude)

Henchman: Was this his house?

Luthor: This is where he learned who he was.

NC (vo): Lex Luthor goes searching for Superman's home once more, as this version is kinda (A shot of the poster for Halloween is superimposed) Halloween-ing itself, as rather than work with the challenges of (Posters for remakes/sequels of classic movies are shown: Creed, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, The Purge: Election Year, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse) the previous bad films like other clever franchises, Singer does what he always does: says, (Posters of X-Men: Days of Future Past and Superman Returns are shown) "Nah, I don't wanna," (A shot of an Etch-a-Sketch is shown shaking) then shakes up the franchise like an Etch-a-Sketch.

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