You know, I gotta agree with one of the previous posters. The way the storyline works in SR is that Superman was gone for 5 years. Reeve played the role of Superman at the same age in STM, however, there wasn't a 5-year backstory of when he knew Lois Lane and worked at the Daily Planet. The casting, and emphasis on realism when comparing the storyline and age of the cast members was poorly done. and WB is wisely waiting for that to run out so they can try again with the franchise and do a better job. Singer is part Hollywood, part "other". It's not that I don't like his movies, there are things in SR that keep my full attention, and are original, and well-done. However, it's not a perfect movie. STM was a perfect movie (despite the fact that it was made in 1978) - the story, the casting, the concepts...it was a 3 Act movie and it played so naturally. You're not going to see movies like that today because big Studios are apt to make those "Spidermans" and "X-Mens"...it's all about the mighty dollar sign..."you have to make it like such and such, etc"; pathetic. Spielgerg or even Lucas would have done a better job, though I STILL like SR - I hated the casting choices! And the script could have been better. It's just not a perfect "Donner" Superman movie. Singer went way too much for the feel of the Spider-Man movies. Here's wishing that there is a Director out there who would make a movie out of self-expression and not just to match what everything else is like today. a story that managed to discard all the spirit of Donner's original while being incredibly derivative, and too much moodiness. Routh was very moody, and yet, he could have been directed with much more PAZAZZ... put a little life into it why don't you. But it's the acting method; a style of acting chosen by Singer. And some of it I liked; it's acting without much movement, for example, after Routh gets hit with the bullets and the bullet bounces off his eye and lands on the ground, he gives a slight, cool smile. Method acting. Cool, eh? That worked very well in that particular scene.