First Image From Superman Returns

If you’ve been wondering what newcomer Brandon Routh is going to look like in those iconic blue tights and a red cape, the wait is over. Warner Bros. Pictures today released the first image from the highly anticipated Superman Returns.

Directed by Bryan Singer (X2: X-Men United, X-Men, The Usual Suspects), Superman Returns has the Man of Steel returning to Metropolis after a mysterious absence of several years. While an old enemy plots to render him powerless once and for all, our hero faces the heartbreaking realization that Lois Lane has moved on with her life. His bittersweet return challenges him to bridge the distance between them while finding a place in a society that has learned to survive without him. In an attempt to protect the world he loves from cataclysmic destruction, the caped crimefighter embarks on an epic journey of redemption that takes him from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space.

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.

Superman Returns is slated for release on June 30, 2006. The Imax Corp. is even in discussions to convert it to stereoscopic 3D for large-format exhibition. 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.