Warner Bros. today announced the start of principal photography on Superman Returns, the latest big-screen incarnation of the DC Comics franchise. Under the direction of Bryan Singer (X2: X-Men United, X-Men, The Usual Suspects), cameras began rolling in Sydney, Australia, where filming is scheduled to continue through mid-August.
Filling in the big shoes left by Christopher Reeve, newcomer Brandon Routh is taking on the dual role of Clark Kent and his super-powered alter-ego. A 25-year-old Iowa native, Routh previously appeared in episodes of the TV series Cold Case and Gilmore Girls. Kate Bosworth (Beyond the Sea, Blue Crush) plays love interest Lois Lane and Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey (Beyond the Sea, American Beauty) takes a turn as the villainous Lex Luthor. Also on board are James Marsden (X-Men) as Richard White, Eva Marie Saint (North By Northwest) as Martha Kent, Parker Posey (Blade: Trinity) as Kitty Kowalski, Kal Penn (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle) as Stanford and Sam Huntington (Detroit Rock City) as Jimmy Olsen.
Singer comments, “Rather than being a remake of the original movie, this film explores Superman’s influence on our global culture and the impact of his return to Earth after an absence of several years. It’s my great pleasure to bring this new chapter of the Superman legacy to the screen with this incredible cast.”
Superman Returns is slated for release on June 30, 2006. Jon Peters is producing through his Peters Ent., in association with Singer’s Bad Hat Harry Prods. Singer and Gilbert Adler are also listed as producers, and Chris Lee is exec producer. The screenplay was written by Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris.