Superman "is probably the most heterosexual character in any movie I’ve ever made," said Bryan Singer, director of "Superman Returns," a new movie about the crime-fighting superhero that opens June 28. "I don’t think he’s ever been gay."
The article continues: "So he wears a leotard and flies around in a red cape. Big deal, Singer said, noting Spider-Man wears tights. The X-Men do too, and they aren’t gay. Singer ought to know, he directed 2000’s ‘X-Men’ movie and 2003’s ‘X2: X-Men United.’"
Which were, okay, only the most obvious gay cinematic metaphors since "Top Gun" â€” but whatev, act all wide-eyed, Mr. Singer. The real "Superman Returns" story is clearly when they’re going to announce that star Brandon Routh exists only on a computer: no actual human being looks that matte. Born in Iowa…right.
At Hollywood Elsewhere, Jeffrey Wells has a glowing review: "’Superman Returns’ still feels like a truly personal film that came from somebody’s heart. And this, to me, is an extraordinary thing, and why it surprised me as much as it did."
In other countries…Anupama Chopra at the New York Times writes about "Krrish" (and do visit the website, it’s fairly amazing) "a film that showcases Bollywood’s first fully realized Superman-style hero."
There is little precedent in Hindi cinema for a Western-style superhero, although Indian mythology and the great Indian epics, "The Mahabharata" and "The Ramayana," brim with spectacularly heroic men and women. While the exploits of gods like Hanuman and Krishna have captivated generations over centuries, Hindi films have traditionally featured outsize human heroes.
+ Faster than bullets, yes. But Superman, gay? No way (Reuters)
+ Blue, Baby…Blue (Hollywood Elsewhere)
+ In ‘Krrish,’ Bollywood Gets a Superhero of Its Own (NY Times)
+ Hrithik: Ready to play Superhero (Rediff)