Following the debacle that was Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, the Man of Steel seemed as if he would never return to the big screen (television, of course, was a different story, what with Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and Smallville). In the almost two decades after Superman IV, noted directors and writers Kevin Smith, Tim Burton, J.J. Abrams, Brett Ratner and McG were each attached to a fifth film in some capacity. At one point, Nicolas Cage — a man so obsessed with Superman that he named his son Kal-El — was set to star. But it was only when Bryan Singer, director of The Usual Suspects and the hit second film in the X-Men series, was brought on board that the movie finally came to be. The result was a slow-moving, often action-free film that couldn’t help but make a tiring number of visual parallels between Superman and Jesus Christ. Lead Brandon Routh, seemingly picked only for his resemblance to Christopher Reeve, lacks any sort of charisma (fittingly, he has not made a major movie since). There is someone who disagrees with us, however: Quentin Tarantino. He was recently quoted as saying he is writing a 20-plus-page positive review of the film.