16. 'Superman Returns' (2006)

Curiously, one thing the superhero genre hasn't offered is memorable images -- the costumes may be iconic, but there's no single shot that encapsulates the genre the way, say, John Wayne in that doorway in "The Searchers" means western or a curl of smoke from a cigarette summons all of film noir. This noble failure at lending resonance to a chunk of wood -- also see Ang Lee's "Hulk" -- does, however, have the most lyrical moment in any superhero film to date: Superman in space, hovering over the Earth, eyes closed, the thoughts and fears of every soul on the planet ringing in his head.

( August 27, 2012 )

Curiously, one thing the superhero genre hasn't offered is memorable images -- the costumes may be iconic, but there's no single shot that encapsulates the genre the way, say, John Wayne in that doorway in "The Searchers" means western or a curl of smoke from a cigarette summons all of film noir. This noble failure at lending resonance to a chunk of wood -- also see Ang Lee's "Hulk" -- does, however, have the most lyrical moment in any superhero film to date: Superman in space, hovering over the Earth, eyes closed, the thoughts and fears of every soul on the planet ringing in his head.

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