Brandon Routh in Superman Returns

With 'The Da Vinci Code' off making Daddy Warbucks dollars and drawing the fire-and-brimstone infused fury of movie critics and the Catholic Church, it would be easy to overlook another, more modest new release: the kick-ass international trailer for 'Superman Returns,' which is, incidentally, showing in front of 'Da Vinci' in some countries. For those who haven't kept up on our boy Kal-El's latest flick, in theaters June 30th, there have already been U.S. teaser and full-length trailers. After viewing the INTERNATIONAL TRAILER on, however, it's safe to say that this version -- with some added action footage and snappier editing -- is like Kryptonite to its less powerful American brethren.

I'm not dissing the U.S. trailers -- I really liked them -- but they didn't get me out-of-my-mind-psyched for the movie the way this one has. You see, when I was a kid, I didn't just love Superman; I modeled my life after his. I wore my Superman Underoos beneath a three-piece suit to school, went through a bottle of hairspray a day to ensure that my Supe-like curl stayed perfectly in place, and regularly came to the rescue of kids getting pummeled on the playground. I even used to think that I had X-ray vision and the ability to see objects three miles away if I squinted real hard. Of course, I abandoned those illusions years and years (two) ago.

Brandon Routh in Superman Returns

'Superman' and 'Superman II,' starring Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel, still hold a special place in my heart. They were the reason I suffered those aforementioned delusions of grandeur. But, as any 'Super'-fan knows, the glory of the first two films was all but destroyed by the two subsequent installments -- especially 'IV,' in which Supe battles Fabio the Metrosexual Sun God.

So basically, I'm very protective of Superman and do not wish to see his spandex-clad image tarnished by a sub-par film. Judging by this new international trailer, I think it might be time to break out the Underoos again -- you know, just to celebrate.

Watch the Full-Length International Trailer

Watch the U.S. Trailers

Tags:The Da Vinci Code, Superman, Superman Returns, Christopher Reeve, Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Summer Movies

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