I just saw Superman Returns last night and I must say it is one of my favorite Superman movies thus far. Now don't get me wrong Reeve is still my favorite Superman and always will be, but I think Routh did an excellent job of picking it up.
I was very doubtful when they began the shooting process about the quality of Routh, but I did end up being very impressed.
The movie is a long one (2 1/2 hrs) but to a fan that is not long enough. In this movie I believe he is faster and stronger than ever before. I wont spoil anything for those who have not seen this film however, I will say this..If you were skeptical at all about seeing this film don't be it is an excellent film. I would give 4 out of 4 stars if asked.
Routh: Well, I did a lot of things. I lifted weights, obviously. I did this rope yoga, which is a mix between karate and yoga, that my first trainer, Gudni Gunnarsson, created. ... Basically, it's a great core-building routine, so that was put in place so that I could sustain myself in the wires and the harness for extended periods of time. And so we did that very early on. And also with weights, and basically trained my body to get in shape. We got my body in shape to be in shape. And, I mean, I was in shape. I was an athlete before that [training]. I did certain things [swimming and soccer in high school], but never to this extent. So that by the time we got to Australia, two months into my training, we started hitting the weights really hard and building more and more mass, and I ended up putting on 22 pounds for the film. Which was fantastic, to see my body change in five months' time. I had a little extra time when we went into Sydney, because we didn't start filming Superman right away ... .
There were a couple of times when we got a little overzealous with the workout, and I started to get a little bit [too big and] had to back back down. Because you start to lift a lot, and you go, "OK, well, how much more could we do?" But I had to maintain a limit.
I don't know how I feel about the whole "too big" aspect. I haven't seen it yet, and initially I thought he could pull it off initially, but I'm having my doubts. I hope the movie will prove me wrong... we'll see this weekend though...
I just got home from seeing "Superman Returns" with the wife. The movie was great. I would see it again. Superman is stronger and the costume is much better than previous movies. When he flys, you actually see him break the sound barrier. The special effects are awsome.
Superman has a bio-electric aura that extends millimeters past his skin, granting his clothes the same level of invulnerability he would have otherwise. It is theorized that it is this bio-electric aura that also grants him such a high level of invulnerability.
It has also been theorized that Superman can, unconsciously it seems, extend this aura, i.e. allowing him to lift a car by the roof without the bottom half falling off. Or in this scenario, carrying someone at a high speed without ill effect to said person.