Superman Returns

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Superman Returns (2006)

Superman Returns is the 2006 film that continues the mythology of Superman established in director Richard Donner's Superman: The Movie. Directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men), the film stars Brandon Routh as the Man of Steel and is set after the events of Superman II while completely disregarding the events of Superman III and Superman IV. Superman Returns also features a reappearance of Marlon Brando (via newly discovered footage from the first film) as Jor-El. Unfortunately, due to not living up to box office expectations, this would be the last Superman feature film until the 2013 reboot Man of Steel.


The following weapons were used in the film Superman Returns:

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Machine Guns

"BFG XP/50 Mk. II" Minigun

This fictional 8 barreled minigun is seen used by a bank robber and appears similar to an oversized GE M134 Minigun, featuring similar "recoil adapter assembly" hardpoints mounting the gun to a Y-shaped frame. On the side of the weapon is stenciled "BFG XP/50 Mk. II." The Gatling gun is supported by a miniature crane allowing the gunner to move it around and aim in all directions. Based on the distance between the first and the second round fired in bullet time (assuming a muzzle velocity of about 850m/s), the weapon is firing at an insane rate somewhere in the neighborhood of 25,000 RPM. For comparison purposes, the fastest firing Gatling gun on the planet is the XM214, which General Dynamics literature circa 2009 advertised as having a cyclic rate of up to 12,000 RPM; even this speedy little gun, in prototype form, was set to fire at "only" 4,000 RPM.

The bank robber fires his Gatling gun at the police, injuring the police sniper.
A better shot as the bank robber fires at the police. This shot displays the 'anatomical' similarities between this weapon and an M134 Minigun.
The bank robber is turning the gun around to face the security guards behind him, revealing the stenciling on the weapon housing.
The bank robber fires his Gatling gun at Superman. You would think 400 rounds per second of .50BMG would be overkill, but the bullets bounce harmlessly off his chest. The Man of Steel doesn't even feel the effects of recoil as he effortlessly walks against the stream of bullets.

Rifles

Barrett M82

When the police arrive, a police sniper comes out and aims his Barrett M82 at the building until he's fired upon by the robber with the Gatling cannon.

Barrett M82A1 sniper rifle .50 BMG
A police sniper aims his Barrett M82.
The same police sniper aims his Barrett M82.
"Holy sh-!!".
The police sniper takes cover behind the police car with a Barrett M82 in his hands.

Handguns

M1911A1

In one of the film's most famous scenes, the bank robber gets a fantastic idea. If the minigun was useless, surely his pistol at point-blank range should do the job. He goes right up to Superman, draws a nickel plated M1911A1 and shoots Superman in the eye, but like his minigun, it's useless and has no effect, as the .45 ACP slug crumples like a can against Superman's eyeball, falling uselessly to the ground at the same time as the shell casing. Despite the fact that the shot is done with CGI, the gun handling is still incredibly realistic, as it shows a rifled .45-caliber bullet coming out of the barrel and the slide cycling back with the empty shell being ejected simultaneously.

Nickel plated M1911A1 - .45 ACP
The bank robber draws his M1911A1.
The bank robber aims his M1911A1 before firing in which the bullet bounces off his eye.

Colt Python

Two security guards use Colt Python revolvers against the bank robber, but with no effect as he is wearing a bullet proof suit. Notice the full lug underneath the barrel and the vented rib above the barrel.

Colt Python with 4" Barrel - .357 Magnum
The security guards fire their Colt Pythons.
The security guards realize their Colt Pythons are useless against the bank robber.

Glock 17

Police officers at the robbery are armed with Glock 17s.

A Generation 3 Glock 17 9x19mm. Note the finger grooves, thumb reliefs, and accessory rail on the frame, which differentiate it from the older model.
A police officer aims his Glock 17.
Another cop with a Glock 17 before he gets hit.

Launchers

BGM-71 TOW

A BGM-71 TOW is seen used by Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey) on his ship when he uses it to fire a modified kryptonite which grows and sprouts into landmass. Note how it's polished.

BGM-71 TOW mounted on M220 tripod 152mm
Luthor's BGM-71 TOW fires.
Luthor's BGM-71 TOW.

See Also

Superman Franchise
Film George Reeves Superman and the Mole Men (1951)
Christopher Reeve Superman: The Movie (1978)  •  Superman II (1980)  •  Superman III (1983)  •  Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
Brandon Routh Superman Returns (2006)
Henry Cavill Man of Steel (2013)  •  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)  •  Justice League (2017)
Television George Reeves The Adventures of Superman (1952-1958)
Dean Cain Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993-1997)
Tom Welling Smallville (2001-2011)
Tyler Hoechlin Supergirl (2016-)






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