Superman Returns is the 2006 film that continues the mythology of Superman established in director Richard Donner's Superman: The Movie. Directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men), the film stars Brandon Routh as the Man of Steel and is set after the events of Superman II while completely disregarding the events of Superman III and Superman IV. Superman Returns also features a reappearance of Marlon Brando (via newly discovered footage from the first film) as Jor-El. Unfortunately, due to not living up to box office expectations, this would be the last Superman feature film until the 2013 reboot Man of Steel. In 2019, it was announced that Superman Returns would be retroactively canonized into The CW Network's Arrowverse, with Brandon Routh reprising his role from the film in the crossover event, Crisis on Infinite Earths.
The following weapons were used in the film Superman Returns:
"BFG XP/50 Mk. II" Minigun
This fictional 8 barreled minigun is seen used by a bank robber and appears similar to an oversized GE M134 Minigun, featuring similar "recoil adapter assembly" hardpoints mounting the gun to a Y-shaped frame. On the side of the weapon is stenciled "BFG XP/50 Mk. II." The Gatling gun is supported by a miniature crane allowing the gunner to move it around and aim in all directions. Based on the distance between the first and the second round fired in bullet time (assuming a muzzle velocity of about 850m/s), the weapon is firing at an insane rate somewhere in the neighborhood of 25,000 RPM. For comparison purposes, the fastest firing Gatling gun on the planet is the XM214, which General Dynamics literature circa 2009 advertised as having a cyclic rate of up to 12,000 RPM; even this speedy little gun, in prototype form, was set to fire at "only" 4,000 RPM.
When the police arrive, a police sniper comes out and aims his Barrett M82 at the building until he's fired upon by the robber with the Gatling cannon.
In one of the film's most famous scenes, the bank robber gets a fantastic idea. If the minigun was useless, surely his pistol at point-blank range should do the job. He goes right up to Superman, draws a nickel plated M1911A1 and shoots Superman in the eye, but like his minigun, it's useless and has no effect, as the .45 ACP slug crumples like a can against Superman's eyeball, falling uselessly to the ground at the same time as the shell casing. Despite the fact that the shot is done with CGI, the gun handling is still incredibly realistic, as it shows a rifled .45-caliber bullet coming out of the barrel and the slide cycling back with the empty shell being ejected simultaneously.
Two security guards use Colt Python revolvers against the bank robber, but with no effect as he is wearing a bullet proof suit. Notice the full lug underneath the barrel and the vented rib above the barrel.
Police officers at the robbery are armed with Glock 17s.