Bryan's angsty Superman, ok it actually made money but it took a long, long while with an over bloated production budget of $310 million, One of the most EXPENSIVE movies of all time
That sounds a bit misleading, as we all
know $310 million wasn't used by Superman Returns.
It was used by Superman Reborn, Superman Lives, Superman: The Man of Steel, Superman: Flyby, etc etc.
It really isn't fair to mention Singer with that budget.
But it really does help to illustrate the point WB has NO clue what they're doing. They had huge names in film making attached to those movies at one time or another and had no idea what to do with any of it.