E3 06: Superman game gets super cast

EA's Superman Returns gets voices, likenesses of film's actors; Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth get digital treatment.

Continuing the trend set by games based on movies, Electronic Arts today announced that several of the cast members of Superman Returns will lend their acting skills to Superman Returns: The Videogame. The game flies into North American stores on June 28, just days before the film hits theaters.

The movie's star, Brandon Routh, will contribute both his voice and likeness as Superman and Clark Kent. Kevin Spacey (Lex Luthor--pictured), Kate Bosworth (Lois Lane), Sam Huntington (Jimmy Olsen), and Parker Posey (Kitty Kowalski) will all voice their respective characters in the game.

The game is currently being developed by the house that Madden built, EA Tiburon in Orlando, Florida. The Man of Steel will save Metropolis on the Xbox 360, Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube, PC, PlayStation Portable, and DS.

Superman Returns: The Videogame has not yet been rated or priced. For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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savage161
savage161

Im actually going to get this game, Everyone who has bagged this game has not given a reason why the game wont be good and just talked about other games that failed. The game sound's awsome just read this Product Description: As the Man of Steel, you'll hone your unworldly super powers such as Flight, X-Ray Vision, Heat Vision, Super Hearing, Super Strength, Super Speed, and Super Breath to fight villains that only SupermanTM can defeat. Explore your super powers to discover new uses and combinations: use Heat Vision to melt a rogue car or as a focused laser-like beam to cut through thick metal; use Super Breath to move heavy objects or freeze villains into solid ice. You can also combine powers and interact with your environment; for instance, freeze water spouting from a broken fire hydrant into a giant icicle with your Super Breath and use your Super Strength to hurl it at an enemy. Get ready to take flight, as Superman Returns' revolutionary new mechanics allow you to take full command of your aerial maneuvers. You're not limited to flying over 800 mph (faster than a speeding bullet you can also corral your enemies, perform stunning in-air acrobatics, instigate Super Speed missile-like attacks, and much more. In Superman Returns: The Videogame, you explore and protect the truly living city of Metropolis one that is not only expansive (with 80 sq miles and over 10,000 buildings), but also changes dynamically with you as you affect gameplay. Citizens will run away in terror from newly-erupting danger and also exit their cars to cheer and snap photos as you fly overhead to save them. Superman may be invincible, but Metropolis is not. Player choice matters, as Metropolis' destruction will affect your ability to progress. You must face the internal conflict facing Superman at every turn: will you pause your pursuit of super villains to stop a massive tornado sweeping through the city and save its civilians? Every decision made is critical to Metropolis' existence and can affect the collateral damage meter, which ultimately keeps the player in the game. This is not just another movie-based game. This is the Superman game you've always wanted to play. Utilizing more than 60 years of rich history, Superman Returns: The Videogame is the ultimate Superman experience for players. * True to the fiction in every respect, this is the game based on the Superman universe that fans have been anticipating for decades. * From excited citizens stopping to take your picture as you fly overhead to the traffic on the streets, every detail of this vibrant city has a mind of its own. These 80 square miles are brought to life for the first time in a videogame. * Go anywhere and do anything in Metropolis as Superman. Non-linear gameplay allows you to explore and play the game exactly how you want to at your own pace. Where and how you fly to the top of skyscrapers, dodging elevated trains is completely up to you, since gameplay is designed as a true open world experience. * With notorious villains like Metallo and Parasite, and colossal challenges only Superman can overcome, you must navigate the Man of Steel to monitor and protect Metropolis from destruction. * Three distinct types of gameplay Flying, Rescue, and Combat will keep the action constant and the challenges relentless. Play both film-inspired missions as well as original content created exclusively for the videogame. * Graphics, sound, and gameplay have been taken to the next level to create a Metropolis like you've never seen it, with three dimensional sound, a complete orchestra soundtrack, and Oscar-wining sound designer. I think it sounds great and should get at least a 8 like the Incredible hulk but with a massive map of 80sq miles, (oblivion 17) and the ability to fly at over 800 miles an hour, I think game will be solid unlike that joke of a xmen game that's on the 360.

i_love_my_ds
i_love_my_ds

I have a feeling this game is not gonna be much better than the last superman game............ :(

geckosprouch
geckosprouch

I'm looking forward to get a look at this game.

the1andonlyreal
the1andonlyreal

Flop factor of movie and game hitting critical mass abandon licensing run to your escape pods. For god's sake Run!! Oh The Horror, the ho..rror....

Mehfuz
Mehfuz

another flop game? like spiderman

rbenns2
rbenns2

The 360 trailer looks awesome, but has CG gameplay target video written all over it, and never in the history of gaming has the final, playable game looked anywhere near as good as it's target.

Kaizen4
Kaizen4

No...Way. I'm boycotting this whole Superman movie. The game could be as good as one of the greats (Mario/Goldeneye/Final Fantasy...etc) and I still wont play . They should have waited for Smallville to be ready to go into telling the Superman story and THEN made a movie using that cast. Warner just shot a good franchise in the foot. I know it's nerdy and pathetic. But i'm a nerd... and pathetic. Sorry.

Skelitor
Skelitor

Will this game crash and burn like my bank account when the ps3 hits?.................yes........yes it will. :D

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

its got a nice cast but i dont think it will be successfull

madgamer2000
madgamer2000

I can only hope its as totally awesome as superman 64...

bizarrorollins
bizarrorollins

"Maybe it'll be like Riddick. People loved the game, hated the movie. " Well lets hope that they include the parts where superman stalks people from the shadows and then snaps their necks.....

grave_rob
grave_rob

Pffffft. Come on man! Kevin Spacey is rad...

DrKill09
DrKill09

"Now we will have to wait and see if the movie or the game will be the bigger flop...." Maybe it'll be like Riddick. People loved the game, hated the movie.

NightRain
NightRain

Kevin Spacey BALD as Luthor is AWESOME. However, Superman as a VIDEOGAME is CATASTROPHY IN THE MAKING.

yermomsboxx
yermomsboxx

Why does everyone seem to hate this game so much, but think the new X-Men game will be cool?

ImaCarrot
ImaCarrot

EA isn't even developing the game for all consoles. EA Tiburon is developing it for the 360 and maybe porting it down to the current gen consoles, but they aren't doing the handheld games. I don't know who's doing the PC version. Rumor has it that the DS version is actually pretty cool

bryehngeocef
bryehngeocef

To bad Activision isn't doing this one. They seem to have the hero games down. I know Superman's a DC franchise, but aren't they and Marvel the same company now anyways? EA's track record with Hero games is not good. Not good indeed.

SailorCallie
SailorCallie

Let's wait and see how the video game adaptations of Superman Returns does, shall we.

ewjim
ewjim

I did't saw ANY good spider... :oops:, sorry, SUPERman game on ANY system!!! I don't think something will change now! 8)

jonnyjd
jonnyjd

I'm looking forward more to the movie than the game, but I will give it a rental to see what it's like.

maxsteel86
maxsteel86

Superman is one hell of a character with some serious potential there. I cant believe no one's managed to make a decent game out of it so far! I have a feeling this one's gonna suck too. A licensed game tends to be created by lazy developers who expect the hype of the movie to get the game to sell. And for some reason, it seems to work :-O

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

bunch... of.... losers. also it's a delicious irony that Superman (possibly americas fave superhero) is actually a Nietzchean ideal, ie it is 100-year-old Fascist German super-race propaganda. see Man & Superman, its a book by the aforemantioned crazy visionary, Nietzche. enjoy.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

superman is the dumbest comic book char. ever. he's nearly invincible but manages to get beat up an awful lot.

Koffdrop
Koffdrop

The very worst of gamer culture is right here in these comments. Keep it up guys - you're the reason people believe gamers can't be trusted to behave like adults - because you all behave like children. Or are you going to blame THAT on EA too?

KiLLer_ba
KiLLer_ba

Movie games seem popular than ever. This game is going to sell well when it's release, no matter what it gets.

MeTaL-HeaD
MeTaL-HeaD

Man I wish Its really really good, The last and only good superman game was The Death and The Return Of Superman on Sega (Gen...), I really hope this one is good.

suprsolider
suprsolider

nemes1s3000 Why's everyone so negative about this game? Just because EA is developing it? Grow up. You bad mouthed Spider Man the movie and game when they first debut, after that they pretty much topped the charts Well, the Spiderman game was developed by Neversoft and published by Activision. They at least have some history of making good licensed games like Spiderman, X-men, Tony Hawk, ect... But EA, look at Batman Begins game. It featured the voices of the people on the film, and they tried hyping the game to be the best Batman game ever. But what happened, it was a basic video game tutorial throughout the whole game. You couldn't use your Bat gadets unless the game told you so. You really couldn't do much at all, without the game telling you so. EA is a company that is trying to drive gaming into the ground. They get licesnes and put out a cheap made game, just to cash in on the license itself. Or they will barley promote a game that is exclusive to one system. EA also pumps out the same sports games every year. With very little changes except for maybe updated rosters and play lists. Also, their trying to buy up all the stock of Ubi Soft because their scared of a little competetion. EA sucks period.

MrPuzzlez
MrPuzzlez

Do all the Superman games hafta suck?

crazygunz
crazygunz

I don't really understand why people complain so much about advertisements being in video games. I mean, unless you feel like paying even more money for a game because your supersensitive nature can't handle some corporate ads, maybe you should just deal with it and move on with your life.

bizarrorollins
bizarrorollins

Now we will have to wait and see if the movie or the game will be the bigger flop....

DrKill09
DrKill09

Kevin Spacey? DOn't they mean Gene Hackman? I'm a purist. To hell with new movies!

WolfSkill5544
WolfSkill5544

I wonder how good the games its gonna be in the current gen. and how good the gameplay will be too.

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

All this hate towards EA is unnecessary, and what's even funnier is that most of the people in here don't even know why they hate EA in the first place. It's just a matter of monkey see, monkey do.

wokisan
wokisan

Can they actually make a decent Superman game??? I guess there is a first time for everything but I'm not very hopeful.

kaosprince
kaosprince

You do realize that not every game based on a movie sucks. Some games like Goldeneye 007 for the N64 were based off movies and look how that game turned out to be. Second, just because its a Superman game doesn't mean it'll be like Superman 64. I mean atleast a company who knows how to make games is doing it and chances are it will be alot better than Superman 64.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

This would be cool if the game wasn't going to suck. And since it's based on a movie...it's pretty much a 100% guarantee that it will.

1valiantknight
1valiantknight

All you people complain about sucky movie based games, and yes most of them do suck, but then again every once in a while you get a jewl like The Chronicles of Riddick Escape from Butcher Bay. Not only is it the best movie to game video game it's also an amazing game, and in my opinion better than the 2nd movie.

n2Deepeth
n2Deepeth

I have to admit that videogame licenses have gotten much better over the past years. Batman Vengeance and Rise of Sin Tsu were average games, but they really stayed faithful to the license. Rocky the game was a decent boxing sim before Fight Night came out and Simpsons Hit and Run actually had a lot of decent content. The one game I was really surprised with was Spider-Man 2, which featured some really fun and original gameplay, especially with webslinging (but the repetitiveness kinda killed it).

umd1998
umd1998

$50 floppity flop flop flop

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Doubt this game will succeed, no matter who voices it... but I'm still keeping an eye on it.

TongLong
TongLong

Yeah, and instead of an "S" on Superman's chest, there'll probably be an ad for axe body spray, Tiger Woods Golf 200X, burger king, or something equally obnoxious and out of place.

THF2
THF2

why all the negativity? I'd say with EA behind the game, it will be at least decent. Just not at all original.

Thrillhouse
Thrillhouse

I will not be buying this game, and neither will many other people.

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

Why's everyone so negative about this game? Just because EA is developing it? Grow up. You bad mouthed Spider Man the movie and game when they first debut, after that they pretty much topped the charts -- What makes you think Superman won't do the same? Bunch of hypocrites.

zrocknrollerz
zrocknrollerz

For the love of God, if you run out of ideas DONT base a game off a movie.

damned_beast
damned_beast

wow... i dont see this game doing amazing

Drudaddy
Drudaddy

they better not price the xbox360 version 59.99 because it will not be worth it not even 49.99 more like 39.99 and the rest for the other consoles 29.99, anyways this game is gonna follow like every other superman game, The Hall Of Shame.