Superman barely having any dialogue and not smiling in this movie were only fragments of the overall problem with "Superman Returns." The overall mood of this movie was very gloomy, making it extremely depressing to watch. If a studio were to give a movie director a multi-million dollar budget for an "Art House Film"...."Superman Returns" is what the end result would be.
Bryan Singer ignored everything that made Superman "Pop Culture Joyous", and instead made a superhero film for manic-depressives on the brink of suicide.
Bryan Singer of course, is the one to blame solely for this movie. How dare he think that he could have competed with the great Richard Donner and the late great Tom Mankiewicz with their joyous and endlessly upbeat interpretation of the character, which made "Superman - The Movie" one of the major pop culture events of the 1970s. Which of course, was an accurate interpretation of the character from the 1930s to the 1970s. Beyond that of course, the character should always remain pop culture friendly and upbeat.
Ronald D. Moore's "GINO" - (Galactica in Name Only) Series
Shaking my head "no" in endless incredulity.