Scene Spotlight: Superman Returns – Taking Lois Up

Happy Friday all! Haven’t done a scene spotlight for a while, and guess what, I just realized the last scene spotlight I did was from the original  Superman movie!

But the reason I feature Superman Returns today is because my sister in-law who lives in Seattle called over the weekend and said she sat next to Brandon Routh during a movie premiere. She was attending the Seattle International Film Festival and the movie was an indie dark comedy Miss Nobody, where Routh is part of the cast that include Leslie Bibb and Adam Goldberg . I’m so jealous! Not only I’m a huge Superman fan, but Mr. Routh is muy caliente! 🙂

Routh at Miss Nobody’s Q&A

Too bad she didn’t get to have a photo taken with Mr. Routh, obviously she has much more restraint than I would, ha..ha..! A bit of info from the SIFF official site, “From May 20-June 13, SIFF presented 408 films in 25 days, with 73 premieres and more than 600 screenings and special events…” One of the festival highlights include a tribute to Edward Norton where the Oscar winning actor received the 2010 Golden Space Needle Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting and he also screened his latest film, dark comedy Leaves of Grass.

Anyway, back to the scene in question, this is one of my favorites from the movie. Sure the plot leaves much to be desired and Kevin Spacey makes for a lame Lex Luthor, but most of the movie’s flaws aren’t about Routh’s casting. Don’t get me wrong, I still think Christopher Reeve will always be the greatest Superman ever, yet considering the massive shoes to fill, Routh pulled off the role quite well. He’s got a nice combination of strength and vulnerability, with the perfect dorky-ness as the bumbling Clark Kent. Alas, chances are he won’t reprise his role as Supes. Oh btw, my sister in-law said that during the Q&A after the movie, someone asked Routh what role he’d like to do next. He paused for a moment before answering “Superman.” Boy, I hope he’s just being sarcastic.

This flying sequence – albeit not as iconic as the ‘Can you read my mind’ of the original – is still quite romantic. A bitter Lois confronts Superman for leaving her so abruptly, but it’s clear the two still have strong feelings for each other… “I forgot how warm you are…” Yeah, I’d think the temperature goes up a few notches when Supes is around 😉 The flying sequence is brimming with sexual tension up until the romantic near-kiss at the end.

Thanks to Prairiegirl for capturing the clip for me. I always dig flying sequences in Superman flicks. One can’t help wishing I could switch places with Lois Lane just for a day… [sigh]

9 thoughts on “Scene Spotlight: Superman Returns – Taking Lois Up

  1. Haha, odd. I just watched this movie a couple nights ago. I liked it more than most, and completely disagree with you on Spacey.

    I did like this scene quite a bit. And while I admit the movie is far from perfect, this is certainly one of the more standout scenes.

    1. Did you just see it for the first time, Red? I don’t totally hate Spacey’s performance, just considering how good Gene Hackman was there’s just no comparison. Yup, not perfect by any means but the standout scenes are quite memorable. My other favorite is the plane rescue scene, there’s something so exhilarating and jovial to see the crowd clapping to welcome their hero back… and the part when he asks Lois, ‘are you ok?’ I practically swoon! 🙂

      1. No, it was a re-watch. I was back home with no cable and no internet and no new movies. So I figured I would give Supes another look.

  2. It’s strange how this movie has received great acclaim from critics but is mostly getting no love from mainstream audience. I thought the movie was incredibly long and tedious and the casting of mostly unknown actors left a bit to be desired.

    1. I know, it was VERY well-received in the UK more than here I think. But such a beloved character will naturally take a beating from fans if it’s not done properly. As for the casting of unknown, I actually prefer it that way, as Christopher Reeve was an unknown when he was cast as the original.

  3. I did quite like Superman Returns but I have been quite negative about most superhero films from the past ten years. I’d say this was one of the more enjoyable ones but as Castor says it is a little too long. But it did a decent job of making the character dark enough without skimping from Nolan’s Batman franchise, and Spacey was a serviceable baddie.

    1. Yeah, it seems like with the increasingly ubiquitous superhero flicks, only a tiny handful emerge to be of quality. I like some parts of this movie, but as a whole it didn’t hold up. There were considerable discussions about whether it’s wise to make Superman ‘dark’ like Batman. I’m ok either way, but it takes a real meaty script to be able to pull off a brooding version of the naturally chirpy superhero… speaking of script, the plot is what I had a lot of problems with SR, especially that whole bit about the kid.

  4. sister in-law

    Hey sis, thanks for writing him and yes he was simply “Gorgeous” in person.
    Although I must say that acting wise he’s not the brightest crayon in the box, but nevertheless his stunning smile sells and that’s all that matters to me! ^^ v

    1. No, thank YOU for sharing the story and pic to me… ahhh, lucky you to be sitting next to him. Obviously you have more willpower that you didn’t immediately run over to him and grab his hand 😀 Yeah, he’s not the brightest crayon in the box acting wise, but he probably should seek out less-pretty boy roles. Every time I see him in Chuck I felt like he was just channelling Superman, it’d be great if he expand his range a bit more.

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