“Look! Up in the sky!” No one ever actually says, “Truth, justice, and the American way,” but the general idea of that still permeates the entire movie and I couldn’t help but think of it a lot. At least they do acknowledge now and then that there is a world outside of Metropolis and Smallville, which is more than a lot of action / disaster movies do. It kind of is a disaster movie, though that isn’t too surprising. When Superman fights people of roughly his own power level, the collateral damage is going to be huge.
Kevin Costner is Mr. Brooks, successful businessman, family man, and the Portland Chamber of Commerce’s Man of the Year. William Hurt is his sinister, deadly alter ego, Marshall. And Demi Moore is — in another movie altogether, playing homicide detective Tracy Atwood. We’ll get back to her later.