Judging by the teaser and now the trailer for Superman Returns, I'd say this film is shaping up to be the movie of the summer. This is the first time we get to see Spacey as Luthor and he seems pretty damn good -- maybe this will end the slide of suckery he's been on for I don't know how many movies. He even gets to shout like a lunatic, which is great. In the original movies, Gene Hackman's Luthor seemed diabolical, sure, but never really insane. I like the idea that they're going to make Lex a crazy man in this new, Singer-directed 21st-century permutation. Some of the CGI looks pretty rote (the plane stuff at the end), but I think the physical effects (like Routh rocketing down the streets of Metropolis), are going to really sell the movie.
Also, interesting news from IMDB regarding AMC, the #2 theater chain in the US. They're going to start showing art-house movies in their multiplexes THIS WEEKEND. Seventy-two of who-knows-how-many screens will now be devoted to showing independent movies. So now, at AMC, brilliant films like The Benchwarmers will be forced to open on just 2 screens per megaplex instead of the usual 3. Anyway, the article from the ever-reliable IMDB states that AMC's going to start their new indie movie campaign (called AMC Select) with An Inconvenient Truth, the Al Gore global warming documentary, and the new Altman movie, A Prarie Home Companion, both of which I really want to see. So good news there. All right. I'll let you chew on those items for a little while. There'll be more tomorrow.