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London Life


- Superman Returns


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After nearly 20 years, one of our favourite superheros has returned to the silver screen; yes, we're happy to report that Superman is back in town - London Town!

In this edition of London Life, we hear from director Bryan Singer on what is possibly the most controversial feature of "Superman Returns".

Before you listen to the programme, look at these comprehension questions; the answers are in the programme. You can also download the script below.

1: What types of images in the film might some people find offensive?
2: Why wouldn't you describe Superman as 'a schmuck'?
3: What does Lex Luther plan to use to take over the world?

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Vocabulary from the programme

something that many people disagree and argue about because it's very important to them is controversial

to get a thrill out of something
to be pleasantly surprised and extremely excited by something

biblical stories
stories that have been taken from the Christian holy book, the Bible

pop culture
films, TV, music and literature that are popular with ordinary people rather than only the experts

a side-kick
a person that works with someone who's much more important than they are

a dime a dozen
not very valuable, easily replaced. Literally, 12 (a dozen) can be bought for as little as 10 cents (an expression from the US)


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BBC review of "Superman Returns"
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