Superman Returns – Fanedited by Booshman
- NTSC DVD-9
- Blu-Ray (BD-25)
Easter egg on DVD version.
Engish subs with CC.
I loved the original cut of Superman Returns when I saw it 5 times in the cinema. Over the years since then I have become less enchanted by it, to the point where I found it difficult to watch the whole thing in one sitting. There are too many things that annoy me to really enjoy the film as I once did, so I’ve decided to remove as many of them as I can. These include Lois’ bitching, some of Lex’s more OTT moments, Smallville flashbacks, obvious and unecessary CGI. Also, the colour of the original film is terrible, so I’ve colour corrected the entire edit.
* WB/ Legendary Pictures/ DC.
* Superman Shield. (taken from trailer). A bit like Batman Begins/ TDK. No Credits
* RTK – House of El crest omitted.
* Martha at home, no Ben Hubbard, spaceship crashes.
* Lex on the yacht, alternate deleted scene with wig added.
* Lex in fortress, Jor-El dialogue heavily cut.
* Clark wakes up, family photos deleted scene partially re-inserted.
* Clark in the barn deleted scene. Reading at super speed cut.
* Replaced Kent post box shot with alternate from “Look Up in the Sky”.
* Clark/ Martha talk at home. Combination theatrical/ deleted scene. Martha dialogue trimmed. Ben Hubbard “you flew in last week” cut.
* Clark arrives at the Daily planet. Jimmy’s cake and some dialogue cut.
* Clark and Jimmy talk to Jack Larson the barman, some dialogue cut.
* Blondie explains how the launch works, some Bosworth dialogue trimmed.
* Mission Control and blackout scenes run continuously, no train set.
* Clark leaves the bar without pause for thought. Shirt rip alternate angle from “Look Up in the Sky” inserted.
* Superman saves the 777, Lois faint cut.
* DP meeting, Perry’s dialogue trimmed. “All that stuff”.
* Clark meets Jason. References to frailty and inhaler removed. Awkwardness between Clark/ Lois trimmed.
* Lex reads the paper.
* Lois and Clark in the lift/ leave work. Super whistle for cab cut.
* Superman spotted above Metropolis, blatant CGI close-up removed.
Superman flies high and hovers above the Earth. Jor-El dialogue trimmed.
* Superman stops the rooftop gunner. Cop “Oh Sh…” removed.
* Kitty’s car out of control/ visit to hospital/ museum robbery. Writers cameo removed.
* Perry’s office. “I’s a bird…” removed. Lois whining trimmed. Superman called as a witness cut.
* Lois goes back to her desk. “relationship?” removed.
* Kitty hits Lex, Lex inspects Kryptonite.
* Lois talks to Richard about Superman. Richard suspects Clark removed, other dialogue trims.
* Lois drops her bag. Clark glasses coming off removed.
* Lois interviews Superman. “I forgot how warm you are”, and “Who’s Clark” removed.
* Night flight.
* Superman returns Lois to the roof. “I’m always around” removed.
* Lois returns to the office.
* Lois hands in Superman article to Perry.
* Superman finds his crystals are missing.
* Lois calls around about the blackout.
* Lois meets Lex on the boat. “you’re bald” removed.
* Lex talks to Lois and Jason. Some dialogue trimmed.
* Richard call Jason’s school/ talks to Perry & Clark
* Lex explains his plan to Lois. Over the top moments removed. Alternate “Wrong” take used.
* Krypto-crystal launch/ piano duet. Brief blackout before crystal release removed.
* Lex stands and admires his handy-work. Train set reference removed.
* Jason launches the piano.
* Clark and Richard learn where Lois is and set off.
* Superman spots the cracked sea-bed and flies back to save Metropolis. Lois trying to escape with rolling pin removed.
* Super saves in Metropolis.
* Richard arrives to save Lois and Jason.
* Superman flies to Lex’s new continent and get shanked.
* Superman in the water. Brando motivational dialogue removed.
* Richard and Lois save Superman.
* Superman raises the continent and falls to earth. Superman heart beat added.
* Perry prepares for the worst, Richard and Lois talk.
* Lois and Jason go to the hospital
* Lex on the tropical island. OTT laugh and “what will we eat” removed.
* Superman visits Jason.
* Lois sees Superman. Lois’ “… around” removed.
* Superman flies above the city/ smiles at camera.
* End credits. Noel Neil/ Vanderworth family/ 15 year old Clark/ Hospital theatre staff removed. Reeve dedication first followed by cast. Score swapped, Superman theme is last.
A very well done edit. The color correction was a great decision, making a notable improvement over the look of the original. Especially appreciated the trimming of much of the bad CGI, which always took me out of the moment before. I watched this edit with my nephew, and as the scene began with Kitty driving into the crowd, he stated with annoyance, "I hate this scene. It looks so crappy." He was pleasantly surprised with your cut.
My one nitpick would be to agree with others about the opening needing some sort of seperation between the Krypton explosion and the return trip, but it didn't honestly lessen my enjoyment of the film. This edit is now my preferred version. Well done!
Superman Returns was a bit of a hit and miss for me. A film which promised so much felt as flat as it looked. This was indeed surprising as director Bryan Singer marketed the film as a vague sequel and homage to Richard Donner’s masterpiece Superman the movie and his nearly finished Superman II. Where those films are remembered for bright visuals and serious but fun performances Singer’s film is dark and morose in comparison.
When I revisited the film on DVD and later on Blu Ray the film seemed even darker in terms of colour pallet however I was taken by a few deleted scenes. Firstly some nice extra moments in Smallville, which was one element that I thought Singer did well with. Secondly we have the infamous Return to Krypton scene. Now whilst the scene isn’t essential to the story it does add real emotional impact especially when Superman draws parallels between his destroyed home planet and the barren landscape Lex engineers with the aid of the fortress crystals.
This brings me to Booshman’s fanedit of Superman Returns as he uses this epic scene to launch his latest Superman fanedit. Two elements that most pleased me with this cut were the colour correction and the subtleties of the editing. Where’s Singer’s film almost treats the audience as idiots as he dwells on minor details Booshman’s editing allows the story to unfold in a way that the audience actually discovers something. Prime example of this is the removal of the train set scene, a pointless waste of money set piece that only serves to explain how Lex causes the blackout. By removing this scene Booshman reveals a wonderful action piece that is no longer interrupted and later in the film the audience discovers it was Lex who caused the blackout.
Whilst perhaps we live in an age where it isn’t cool for Superman to state his purpose of fighting for truth, justice and the American way Singer’s approach to this famous line felt flat. Booshman’s simple trim to the end of Perry’s dialogue from “Does he still fight for truth, justice all that stuff” to simply does he still fight for truth, justice” is less jarring.
One of my favourite edits was trimming the end dialogue between Lois and Superman on the rooftop right after they almost kiss and then Lois declares her loyalty to Richard. Instead of the silly line “I’m always around” we now have the focus on Superman’s eyes as he looks blankly at Lois, says "goodnight" then flies off. This little trim shows the power of editing as I now found myself quite moved by this scene.
A nice touch to conclude this fan cut was moving the dedication to Chris and Dana Reeve to the beginning of the end titles as I always found it clumsy that the filmmakers placed it in between credits.
Overall with editing like this and some superb colour correction, Superman Returns has never looked better. Great job Booshman!
Note: I'd give a higher rating to the narrative if not for the setup at the beginning as I would have liked to see the main titles stay. I felt having the 'return to Krypton' scene straight after the Krypton explosion recap was a bit cramped. Two other cuts that I felt were a bit abrupt were cutting Lois fainting after the plane rescue and cutting the dialogue between Lois, Jimmy and Perry after they look at the photo ("is it a bird is it a plane").
Review by Neglify — June 3, 2012 @ 9:32 am
I haven’t watched Superman Returns since I saw it in the theater. I liked it then but I never had a desire to see it again. Boosh’s cuts were well done and I personally didn’t have a problem with the color correction. The movie itself is still too slow for my tastes and I had a hard time really getting into it. But overall I liked it and the changes were welcome. 8/10
Review by Omaru1982 — June 25, 2012 @ 12:42 am
Superman returns, many of us couldn’t wait for his return to the big screen after his last outing was almost 20 years previous and it left something of a bad taste in the mouths of many, however this was being Taken on by Bryan Singer who recently previously bougth 2 good x-men films to screen, what could possibly go wrong? Apparently quite a bit, there are lots of thing wrong with the theatrical cut, superman the stalker, some uneeded humour, lex still being camp despite more recent portrayals in other media showing him as an intelligent businessman. To name buy a few.
So Booshman sets out much like Sam Beckett, to put right what once went wrong. Does he succeed? I certainly think so. From the deleted intro which should never have been cut we get a slightly different take on the film, Unlike Neglify I don’t think the edit is too slow, in some ways the pacing feels sped up, the film still drags a little as it makes its way toward and through the third act but the film is just generally improved. Lex seems a little more serious and dedicated to his work, Kitty is no longer overly annoying either. Superman is no longer a serial stalkr and Richard just seems like a generall all around good guy (though he mostly felt like that anyway.)
The colour correction is fantastic and scenes were spliced or trimmed without any noticeable work done to them.
I think the biggest compliment I can say about the film is what my mom said;
“I never liked him [Brandon Routh] before, but he seems better in the role than I remembered.”
I always liked Brandon and thought he made a great superman, it’s a shame he never got to play the character for another film but there are obviously people who disliked him in the role, well thanks to oyou there’s at least one less.
I would probably give the original film a 6 or 7 out of 10 because I always felt that though it wasn’t great, it was an improvement over 3 and 4. This cut however I’d give a 9/10.