I saw this yesterday, on the Fourth. It was a husband treat for me... I gave Amy a morning without the kids and "got" to go to a movie while Jack was taking his nap, so...
Anyway, like I say- it rocked. Exceeded expectations (which had been set to "reasonable" by mixed reviews).
Singer totally made the right choice in jumping shio from the increasingly complicated and blurry X-Men franchise in favor of resurrecting one with more potential for poetry and big, beautiful moments... which Superman Returns has in spades.
This movie is gorgeous in places- Singer has an amazing eye for visuals and he pulls out all the stops here, recreating even the first Superman cover ever, , the iconic image of Atlas holding the Globe, amazing shots of Superman hovering over the earth... Just a lot of great visual moments.
Kevin Spacey, while no Gene Hackman, was great as Lex Luthor, and the choice to keep the score from the original movie was inspired... It took me right back to fourth grade, made me feel like a kid again.
The story was great- I realized half-way through that the movie was avoiding all the predictable, cheesy-poor choices that movies today often succumb to- no "action hero" catch phrases, no bad dialogue stringing together incoherent action sequences... There was actually some good emotional depth to this movie.