Although Superman Returns had it's fair share of critics, it was a good effort from Bryan Singer in trying to recapture the look of the 1978 original.
As part of the Superman Anthology recently released on DVD, here is a video of the original opening scene for Superman Returns.
It's dark and mostly quiet and features an intense look on Brandon Routh as he returns to Krypton based on claims that parts of his home planet were discovered by astronomers. The deleted scene is rumoured to have cost $10 Million to put together.
Superman Returns was released in 2006 in a planned reboot of the franchise, however it did not perform up to expectations at the box office and possible sequels were cancelled. The movie stared Brandon Routh as Superman / Clark Kent, Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane and Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor.