And, based on reviews and my own gut feeling, not a great one. But usually reliable New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis gives "Superman Returns" the messiah treatment in her overbaked review of a flick based on a comic book icon who wears tights –
There’s always been a hint of Jesus (and Moses) to the character, from the omnipotence of his father to a costume that, with its swaths of red and blue, evokes the colors worn by the Virgin Mary in numerous Renaissance paintings. It’s a hint that proves impossible not to take.
As for all the talk about Superman being gay, I’m not getting it. Besides, do we really need another queer superhero? Aren’t Batman and Robin enough?