Book Reviews - "Superman Returns" Titles
Superman Returns: The Movie StorybookAdapted by: Benjamin Harper
Published by: Meredith Books (June 30, 2006)
Reviewed by: Steve Younis
Back Cover Text: Following his mysterious absence the Man of Steel comes back to Earth in the action-adventure Superman Returns, a soaring new chapter in the saga of one of the world's greatest super heroes.
With images from the movie, this 48 page book does a great job of telling the story told in the movie, while leaving out some major plot points, and yet including others not seen in the final cut of the movie shown in theatres.
Adaptation - 4: Benjamin Harper does a masterful job of condensing the two and a half hour film into 48 pages of text. He expands on elements not included in the film, while easily explaining the action and drama.
Some interesting inclusions in this version of the story include the entire description of Kal-El's return to what's left of Krypton, detailing how the Kryptonite in the area both weakens Kal-El and threatens to destroy his spaceship. Also interesting is the detailing of Clark's time in Smallville, both with increased scenes from his flashback sequence and his discussion with Martha about what his role is on Earth. The landmass created by Lex is actually called "New Krypton" by Lex himself in this book, with the villain also admitting to Superman that he came up with the false reports about Krypton possibly surviving, in the hopes that the trip would result in Superman's death (as it almost did).
The storybook interestingly leaves out the role Jason White plays in the movie.
Photos - 4: An excellent selection of photos are displayed with the text to give visual reference to the reader. Especially interesting are images of footage not seen in the film, of the above mentioned deleted sequences.
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- Superman on Film, Television, Radio and Broadway
- Beyond Lois Lane
- The DC Comics Action Figure Archive
- Superman vs. Hollywood
- Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman
- Flights of Fantasy: The Unauthorized but True Story of Radio & TV's Adventures of Superman by Michael J. Hayde
- Our Hero: Superman on Earth by Tom De Haven
- Superman On Earth: Reflections of a Fan by Gary D. Robinson
- DC Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book by Matthew Reinhart
- The True Adventures of the World's Greatest Stuntman by Vic Armstrong
- The Ages of Superman: Essays on the Man of Steel in Changing Times
- Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero by Larry Tye
- Superman is an Arab by Joumana Haddad
- Superman is Jewish? by Harry Brod
- 100 Things Superman Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Joseph McCabe
- Superman: The Persistence of an American Icon by Ian Gordon
- Superman: Last Son of Krypton
- Superman: Miracle Monday
- The Further Adventures of Superman
- It's Superman! by Tom De Haven
- DC Universe: Last Sons
- DC Universe: Trail of Time
- Last Days of Krypton by Kevin J. Anderson
- Enemies & Allies by Kevin J. Anderson
- DC Super-Pets! by Picture Window Books
- Fallout (Lois Lane) by Gwenda Bond
- Double Down (Lois Lane) by Gwenda Bond
- Triple Threat (Lois Lane) by Gwenda Bond
- Superman: Dawnbreaker by Matt De La Pena
- Smallville: Strange Visitors
- Smallville: Dragon
- Smallville: Hauntings
- Smallville: Whodunnit
- Smallville: Shadows
- Smallville: Silence
- Smallville: Curse
- Smallville: City
- Smallville: Arrival
- Smallville: See No Evil
- Smallville: Flight
- Smallville: Animal Rage
- Smallville: Speed
- Smallville: Buried Secrets
- Smallville: Greed
- Smallville: Temptation
- Smallville: Sparks
- JLA: Batman - The Stone King
- JLA: Wonder Woman - Mythos
- JLA: The Flash - Stop Motion
- JLA: JLA - Exterminators
- JLA: Green Lantern - Hero's Quest
- JLA: Superman - The Never-Ending Battle
- Superman Returns: Strange Visitor
- Superman Returns: Novelization
- Superman Returns: Coming Home
- Superman Returns: Earthquake in Metropolis!
- Superman Returns: I am Superman!
- Superman Returns: Be A Hero!
- Superman Returns: Thank You, Superman!
- Superman Returns: The Movie Storybook
- Superman Returns: The Visual Guide
- Superman Returns: The Official Movie Guide