(June 18, 2006 - Burbank, CA) – Brandon Routh, the star of Warner Bros. Pictures’ epic action adventure "Superman Returns," made a special appearance at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station, where he announced details of Operation Super Hero. The program pays tribute to America’s servicemen and women serving both here and abroad, whom Routh called “America’s true Super Heroes.” Kicking off Operation Super Hero, more than one million postcards are already being made available to the public at the following nationwide movie theatre chains: Mann’s Theatres, UA Theatres, Regal Theatres, Edwards Theatres, Loeks Theatres and Rave Theatres. Postcards can also be obtained at some local retail outlets. People are encouraged to write messages of appreciation and support to our men and women in uniform, and can then drop the pre-paid postcards in any U.S. Postal Service mailbox. The postcards will be delivered to Warner Bros. Pictures, which is working with the U.S. Military to deliver the million-plus postcards as a special July 4 greeting. A downloadable, non-pre-paid version of the Operation Super Hero postcard is also available on the "Superman Returns" website, although those choosing this option will need to add postage to mail it. Go to www.supermanreturns.com and click on the News section to find the postcard. Warner Bros. Pictures is not forgetting the servicemen and women, as well as military families, who are currently stationed at bases in the United States. On the weekend of June 24 & 25, the Studio will be hosting special advance screenings of "Superman Returns" at 45 military bases across the U.S. Operation Super Hero concludes, appropriately enough, on the Fourth of July, when Warner Bros. Pictures treats our troops overseas to special Independence Day screenings of "Superman Returns." Screenings will be held at the U.S. Naval base in Naples, Italy, which provides support for the troops serving in Iraq, and the U.S. Naval base in Yokosuka, Japan, which provides support to the troops stationed in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition, the film will be shown to our men and women on the front lines at Camp Anaconda in Balad, Iraq, located outside of Baghdad. "Superman Returns" opens nationwide on Wednesday, June 28, 2006. ABOUT "SUPERMAN RETURNS" Following a mysterious absence of several years, the Man of Steel comes back to Earth in the epic action-adventure "Superman Returns," a soaring new chapter in the saga of one of the world’s most beloved Super Heroes. While an old enemy plots to render him powerless once and for all, Superman (Brandon Routh) faces the heartbreaking realization that the woman he loves, Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth), has moved on with her life. Or has she? Superman’s bittersweet return challenges him to bridge the distance between them while finding a place in a society that has learned to survive without him. In an attempt to protect the world he loves from cataclysmic destruction, Superman embarks on an epic journey of redemption that takes him from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space. Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures, presents a Jon Peters Production in association with Bad Hat Harry Productions, a Bryan Singer film, "Superman Returns," starring newcomer Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth ("Beyond the Sea," "Blue Crush"), James Marsden ("X2: X-Men United," "The Notebook"), Frank Langella (HBO’s "Unscripted"), Academy Award winner Eva Marie Saint ("North By Northwest"), Parker Posey ("Best in Show"), Kal Penn ("Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle"), Sam Huntington ("Detroit Rock City"), and Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey ("Beyond the Sea," "American Beauty," "The Usual Suspects"). Directed by Bryan Singer ("X2: X-Men United," "X-Men," "The Usual Suspects"), the film is produced by Jon Peters, Bryan Singer and Gilbert Adler. The executive producer is Chris Lee. The screenplay is by Michael Dougherty & Dan Harris, and the story is by Bryan Singer & Michael Dougherty & Dan Harris. The director of photography is Newton Thomas Sigel A.S.C.; the production designer is Guy Hendrix Dyas; the film is edited by John Ottman and Elliot Graham; the costume designer is Louise Mingenbach; and the music is by John Ottman. The film is based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. A special groundbreaking version of the film – "Superman Returns: An IMAX 3D Experience" – will also play in IMAX theaters worldwide. "Superman Returns: An IMAX 3D Experience" will be the world’s first live action feature to include select segments converted from 2D into IMAX®3D. Using IMAX’s revolutionary live action 2D to 3D conversion technology, approximately 20 minutes of the motion picture will be converted into 3D. The entire film will be digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience through the proprietary IMAX DMR® (digital re-mastering) technology. The IMAX 3D Experience is recognized around the world as the highest-quality, most immersive cinematic experience ever created. With crystal clear, larger than life 3D images, complemented by up to 14,000 watts of digital surround sound, audiences feel as though they are actually in the movie, flying alongside the Man of Steel. About DC Comics DC Comics, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world and home to such iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woma and the Sandman. These DC Super Heroes and others have starred in comic books, movies, television series (both animated and live-action) and cyberspace, thrilling audiences of all ages for generations. DC Comics’ Web site is located at www.dccomics.com. SUPERMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. "Superman Returns"has been rated PG-13 for some intense action violence.
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