We live in a world where superhero movies are the most popular films at the box office. We also live in a world where video games based on superheroes are enormously popular. “Spider-Man: Miles Morales” is probably still the best game on the PlayStation 5 even more than six months after the console’s release. The “Batman: Arkham” games are quite rightly considered among the greatest video games ever made. Despite all of that success, Superman can’t get a look in. The most famous superhero of them all has a mixed record at the box office and an outright bad one on PCs and games consoles.
The last time a Superman video game was released to mainstream consoles was 2006, which saw the release of “Superman Returns.” It was very loosely based on the film of the same name. The movie got poor reviews from most critics, but they looked like birthday greetings compared to the venom directed at “Superman Returns.” From bad graphics to poor gameplay and underwhelming use of the license, the game was unfortunately guilty of everything it was accused of. It also killed the Superman gaming franchise stone dead. Because of the failure of “Superman Returns” on the PS2 and Xbox, we never got a new Superman game for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 or Xbox One. The closest we got was a few preview shots of “Superman: Blue Steel” in 2008, but that game was cancelled in a state of half completion. From a gaming perspective, the franchise appears to be cursed.