Posted by: Jonathan Barron | November 18, 2009

It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s The Bryan Singer Cut!!!!

The Superman Film Franchise has seen it’s ups, and downs since Christopher Reeve first put on the red cape and wowed audiences and made people “believe that a man can fly”. ‘Superman: The Movie” flew into theaters in 1978 and wowed audiences all over the world. Since that time the series has never found a good footing. From the firing of Richard Donner to an ever expanding budget in the hundreds of millions, the series has seen it’s share of drama and complications.

In 2006, after almost 30 years since the original film, fans were finally gifted with a new installment to the series. Warner Bros. and Bryan Singer released “Superman Returns”. The film was massively anticipated and with any film with such a legacy, the guy in the blue tights had an uphill battle. Indeed, comic book fans (particularly Superman fans) can be notorious for there criticism of film adaptations. However, the film is considered, by many, to be a relative failure. In a world of box office hits, it’s funny that a film that earned a little over $200 million dollars, domestically, can be considered a flop.

I, on the other hand, was very pleased with the film. I find it frustrating that Warner Bros. has been seeking to reboot the franchise yet again. Let’s not forget, the film enjoys a 76% fresh rating on Critics were generally happy with Bryan Singer’s vision for the film, and so was I.

There is now an internet campaign that seems to have an underlying focus on keeping the continuation of the franchise alive. There is a website called The URL speaks for itself, and is advocating the release, on DVD and Blu-Ray, of the original cut of the film. According to the website, the original version of “Superman Returns” was 2 hours and 45 minutes. The Warner Brothers Studio chose, unfortunately, to trim it down to 2 hours before the relase of the movie. One of the interesting things cut from the film is Superman’s journey to discover Krypton, his homeworld. In the current release, the film establishes this quest but leaves audiences to imagine what that journey was like for “The Man of Steel”. Additionally, there are other character developments that were left on the cutting room floor.

It is important to give a shout out to Brandon Routh, the actor who played Superman in the newest installment. His performance was phenomenal. He understood that the fans were expecting a lot. He knew that his job was to, not just play the role of Superman, but to capture Christopher Reeve playing the part of Superman. In essence he had to successfully play the late actor portraying Superman, portraying Clark Kent (think about it…it makes sense).

Finally, I invite you (my loyal readers) to join the advocacy of releasing the Bryan Singer Cut of “Superman Returns”. After almost 30 years of waiting, fans finally received the original Richard Donner cut of “Superman II”. I don’t want to wait that long. This release has the potential to garner new interest in the film. Furthermore, it will show Warner Bros. that they do not have to scrap the concept and start from scratch. Bryan Singer didn’t break anything. He succeeded beyond my wildest dreams. If it’s not broke, Hollywood shouldn’t try to fix it. So, go the the aforementioned website, watch the trailer posted above, and show your support for “Superman Returns: The Bryan Singer Cut”.

Thank you citizens!!!!

Jonathan Barron


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