JEFF PEARLMAN

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My greatest movie disappointment …

… might have been Superman Returns, which came out nearly five years ago.

When I first saw the above trailer I thought, “Yes! Right! Yes!” I loved the idea of ignoring the final two Superman films (Superman III—dumb. Superman IV—unwatchable), which both sucked, as well as the utterly inane Supergirl flick. This looked to have it all: Authenticity, a proper continuation of the saga, Marlon Brando, better special effects, etc …

When the movie came out, I went with my dad. And, man, did I want to love it. I mean, I grew up a superhero junkie. Anything Superman, Flash, Batman, Wonder Twins … I just ate up. So I couldn’t wait for Superman Returns, which …

Stunk. Well, not stunk. But it was extremely dull, with wooden acting and a stupid plot.

Bummer.