I enjoyed Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns but can see why it received a thorough critical kicking on its release, and now there’s a little more of Singer’s Supes to enjoy/hate.
For all it did right, and I hold to the opinion that it did quite a lot of things right, it disappointed a lot of people and I doubt this rediscovered opening sequence would have held any sway with them. Available on the Superman Anthology Blu-ray set this sequence would have preceded the events we saw in the film and I’m guessing would have been our first introduction to Routh’s Superman, which seems like a poor beginning to such an iconic role.
Apparently this sequence cost $10m and is available to watch in full HD below. Several of the commenters on the Youtube video claim to have been involved with the production of this sequence which was excised during the production and taking them at their word it must be something to have your work finally make it out into the world.