Did you know that Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns had a $10 million opening sequence that was cut? If you have the Bluray, then yes, but not many people do as the film sucked. Well the clip is here to save you the expense.
The clip explains what Superman was doing for the 5 years that he was away. There are a few flaws with it, which may be why is it was cut. One such flaw is that Superman’s dad tells him that while only 5 years passed for him on his initial trip to Earth, 1000s of years passed in the region where Krypton once stood. This is because even Superman is bound by the laws of physics when concerning space travel and superfast near light-speed velocities. So this trip back to Krypton, and the return, would not have had him returning to Earth after a 5 year absence. Sorry to be geeky about this but a story should be consistent within its own narrative.
You would also think that his ship might have had some lead shielding to save him from Kryptonite radiation, and perhaps some sensors as opposed to relying on a piss-weak searchlight. This could be explained by the fact that Superman is generally pretty thick. His main nemesis is just a really clever human after all. In the Reeve/ Hackman film, Luthor tricks him into getting close enough that he can pull some Kyptonite on a chain out of a lead box and drape it over his neck for god’s sake. In Singer’s film Superman flies to an island made from Kryptonite and gets stabbed by a Kryptonite dagger. Duh.
You may have guessed I’m not a Superman fan. General Zod was much cooler. I quite like Smallville though so I’m just a massive hypocrite. Anyway, see what you think: