'Superman Returns'

Brandon Routh stars as Superman

Brandon Routh stars as Superman in the new movie iteration of the classic comic superhero. David James/Warner Bros. hide caption

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Superman returns this week, though he's never really been away.

There have been two popular television series devoted to his exploits, Lois and Clark and Smallville, and the Superman comics are still around — but his last big screen adventure was 20 years ago.

The new feature, Superman Returns, is directed by Bryan Singer, who made The Usual Suspects and X-Men. Newcomer Brandon Routh plays the man of steel, and Kevin Spacey is archenemy Lex Luthor.

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