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After the camp disappointment that was 2006’s Superman Returns, the franchise certainly needed a reboot. And if you’re in any doubt as to how much of a stinker the comic book’s last big screen outing was, the fact that its star, Brandon Routh, is now languishing on a network television sitcom should give you some idea.

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