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If you’re ever wondered where the reported $204-million budget went for Bryan Singer’s often-derided 2006 film Superman Returns, you should first look the financial baggage from more than a decade of development. From there, though, you should cast an eye on the fabled “Return to Krypton” scene originally planned to open the franchise’s not-so-triumphant return to the big screen.
The elaborate five-minute sequence was completed, at a rumored cost of $10 million, and then cut from the final product, never to be seen — until the recent release of The Superman Motion Picture Anthology on Blu-ray, which includes “Return to Krypton” as a deleted scene. Thankfully it’s been making the rounds on YouTube, so even those of us who didn’t shell out $80 for the eight-disc set can get a peek — in HD, no less.