Supes When I was a kid, I went to Our Savior's in town here a church that worships Superman as a living god. The whole idea is that you take care of the kids all day and get fat and depressed. My friend and cousin still goes there and we almost got into a fight every time. The idea of Superman returning after over a decade of absence sold movie tickets and once again returns Supes to his origins as a gothic character. From what I recall, he had lost all his powers and all he could do was fly. Doomsday was Lex Luther, and he beat him up so bad he was retarded in The Death of Supermam, both Supes and Doomsday kill each other. Then four imposters appear claiming to be Superman. The cyborg WAS Superman. THEY teach you how to be successful. It's very serious because it's expensive. Pilgrim teaches you how to be smart. That's how wars are started- one person doesn't get another's other religion even if it's just a different branch of Lutheran. But I went there in the early 90s and one day they said I was too old for this. I don't know about the idea of worshipping Superman as a god but that mode of thinking is 50 years behind and it has a lot of good Christian values. The whole concept of Superman is a Christian moral lesson. It's really creepy.
I Gave the Movie 5 Stars and the Book was Even Batter! People are going to say I'm wierd, but I they shouldn't bother. I already know and I'm not troubled by it. I own the novelizations of a lot of my favorite movies so I think I'm enough of an authority to say that they're hardly ever any good. If nothing else, a book of a movie should do what the movie can't and relate exactly what the characters are thinking and feeling. My copy of Superman Returns is worn out through use. My brother's read it, my sister's read it twice, and, though I almost never read a book more than once (unless it's a comic and therefore not really considered READING), I read it four times. (I'd read it again but I have a stack of unread books on my dresser) For me, this book really hit the spot and here are some of reasons why. For the sake of length, the movie couldn't really go into what exactly Superman found on the other end of his trek into space or give you more insight into Jor-El and Lara as they prepare to make their son Krypton's only refugee on that fateful last day; this book does that and more! Here, Superman is unsure and vulnerable. But he is also strong and you see why he inspires people. It was great to see Martha Kent's reaction to her son's return and Superman's bewilderment at the changes in the world. Some of the highlights, though, are Superman's reaction to Lois' fiance, Richard White, what Richard thinks of him, Kitty Kowalski's meeting with Superman, and the confrontation with Lex Luthor toward the end which was a bit rougher than in the movie (PG-13 rating) and all the better for it. Another plus was that the story was still interesting to me even after seeing the movie, partly because the story was slightly different. Between the issues with Martha Kent and the farm, the only subtle hints about the origin of Jason White, and Lex Luthor's intensity as he does his own dirty work toward the end (and enjoys it--thoroughly) the book manages to slightly surpass the movie in suspense via the changes. I can't decide which version I like better but I'm glad the movie played out the way it did. Still, this review, like all of mine, only reflects MY opinion which seems to be consistently wierd so buy it and see for yourself. Enjoy!This was bad... it was just so bad. I gave this two stars out of respect for Superman, but wow was this bad. I think one of the main problems was that it was just too long. There was too much unneccessary filler plot. There is a LOT of background here. A character may have a few seconds on screen, but in the book he gets a few pages. Take for example, the astronauts from the shuttle in jeopardy. In the movie, we see they are tense and probably a little freaked out. That was enough for me. In the book, however we learn of their careers, family and long friendship. (I wish I was joking, really I do.) If you are fans of the nameless astronauts or family members of the actors who played them then I'm sure you'll love it. We also get "Lex and Kitty: How Their Unlikely Love Came To Be" for no extra charge, as well as some good info on Kitty's ex-boyfriend and his life of small crimes. It was too much for me... but again maybe you are the president of the Kitty Fan Club and you want this kind of in-depth reporting on her life. If that's the case, buy one for yourself and loved one. If you and your friends sit around debating the names and personal histories of Lex Luthor's henchmen you will find your answers here. What I'm getting at is that this is just not for everyone. Some will enjoy it despite it's flaws, some will write smart-mouthed Amazon reviews as a way of expressing their displeasure. To each his own.Different from movie-SPOILERS This is better than the movie because it does not establish that the kid is Superman's son, it is Lois' husband. Unfortunately, this forces Lois to be the killer of her brute assailant using leverage. This unabridged version gives all the characters back story, even the ones you already know all of their back story. It retreads the same ground for those just starting to follow this franchise, so there, it drags. It gives Luthor proper due. It's revealed he was the one who baited Superman to go in search of Krypton where he was supposed to die. Good audio, great for long car trips.Superman redeems himself once again When I heard about a new Superman film, I just hoped that it was able do better than Superman 3 and 4. To tell the truth, I've never seen the movie, but wanted to. Wolfman's writing was gripping and the character depth he put in gave more to the story. This novelization adds to the legendary Superman mythos.
This is a must-have for film novelizations readers and Superman fans