‘Superman Returns’ Deleted Opening Scene Released (Video)

An alternate beginning for the 2006 film shows Superman flying to Krypton.

A never-before-seen opening for 2006's Superman Returns, starring Brandon Routh, has hit the web, and may surprise fans and critics alike.

While the Warner Bros. film received mixed reviews, director Bryan Singer’s opening could have added an added explanation to the conflicted film.

Provided as a deleted scene extra on the Superman Anthology Blu-Ray release in June, the dark, slow segment has Kal-El (Routh) traveling back to his home planet of Krypton in a star-shaped ship. Viewers will notice a significant Superman S carved into his home planet. What could that mean?

The five-minute sequence was apparently expensive to produce, costing an estimated $10 million.

The wordless piece, which feels a little bit like Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, could have explained to viewers why Kal-El left Earth in the first place.

A reboot of the Superman film series directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill as Superman is planned for release in 2013.