Since C. Jerry (see below) big-footed my brilliant Superman Returns review, stealing all my gags before I could even write them, I’ll have to gnaw on the leftovers. First of all, Batman Begins is “probably the smartest superhero film ever made”? Smarter than Superman and the Mole Men? I don’t fucking think so. I gave BB a thumbs down here.
This site provides lots of “subtext” on the Batman and Robin relationship, using art from the original comic books, including a great splash panel showing various superheroes frightened that they’ve given their girlfriends AIDS, while poor Batman is worried about the Boy Wonder. If you’re mad, simply mad, for Superman, well, you’re seriously fucked up, but you do need to go here.
I saw Superman Returns on the giant IMAX screen off Union Square in San Francisco, eight stories high, “the largest in North America.” (In Latin America there’s a bigger one?) It’s definitely the only way to fly. About 20 minutes of the IMAX Superman is in 3-D, pretty cool, but not so cool as the totally cool 3-D western I saw as a kid, where a bad guy spat tobacco juice into the audience. Talk about pure cinema!