Superman (movie), Lex Luthor (movie)
So was Superman Returns as a false start for the franchise? I donno. I thought it had some interesting elements and some cool moments. In retrospect, I'm not sure how I feel about the kid though. Did they paint the franchise into a corner?
I don't really have a problem with Brandon Routh, I like him. Hopefully they'll let him throw some punches if he's around for another film.
If they did decide to re-reboot the series I think I could live with that, as long as they find the right director who can do as good a job with Supes as Chris Nolan has with Batman. But you don't need to rush it, WB.