The Establishing Shot: See - The return to Krypton deleted scene from Superman Returns

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 Craig Grobler 0 Comments

Superman AnthologyRecently I watched the Superman Anthology Blu-ray set. Or rather recently I watched most of the Superman Anthology Blu-ray set as the set I received was missing the two films I was most looking forward to seeing in glorious high definition; Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut and Superman Returns.

I also unfortunately made a not so regrettable error. When the Superman Anthology arrived I thought I would watch the 2 final series of Smallville in their entirety essentially Smallville covers The New Adventures of Superboy comics before he heads off to Metropolis and makes a good springboard into the Superman film series.

My error was thinking that I could possibly make my way through 37 hours of Smallville and then another whopping 15 hours or so of Blu-ray high resolution goodness in a reasonable amount of time. Well I'm on the other side now and my review of The Superman Anthology will be up soon.

In the meantime I came across this incredible clip of the deleted opening of Superman Returns it is apparently on the extras of the Superman Returns Blu-ray. I remember getting a heads up about this clip awhile back, but I thoughtI would rather wait for the official release. But I received the link to it again last night and while I was in a Superman mood gave it a spin. HOLY COW!

I enjoyed Superman Returns, granted it was a little flat and didn't quite live up to my expectation but I was glad to see the cape on again. After watching the deleted clip with my MDR-XB300 Extra Bass headphones to really accentuate the sound. I am in absolute awe.

I can't help but think that leaving this opening in would have really lifted the entire film just that little bit by reminding us that Superman is different and set a tone that for Superman Returns that would have made the remainder of the film that struggled to show us how human he is a little more cohesive.

Anyone know why it didn't make the final cut? All I can think is that if they used it they were limiting growth for a possible sequel or that they were concerned that some of the scenery may be a bit repetitive later on. It is absolutely astounding and has to be seen.
Superman Returns
Director: Bryan Singer
Stars: Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey and Kate Bosworth

The Establishing Shot: See - The return to Krypton deleted scene from Superman Returns