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Plot: Picking up where "Superman: The Movie" left off, three criminals from the planet Krypton are released from the Phantom Zone by a nuclear explosion in space. They descend upon Earth where they could finally rule. Superman, meanwhile, is in love with Lois Lane, who finds out who he really is. Lex Luthor escapes from prison and is determined to destroy Superman by joining forces with the three criminals. Runtime: 127 mins Release Date: 18 Jun 1980
The best sequel of all time my personal favorite a bit underrated (by ivo-cobra8)
Superman II 1980 is so underrated by fans and critics of Richard Donner's cut who are the same people rooting for Zack Snyder's Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice! Part II is another classic and excellent sequel from the 80's and the film from my childhood, not as good as the first original film, but still good. I am always going to cherish this movie. It is my personal Superman favorite sequel movie since my childhood. Christopher Reeve is the only Superman for me. I am defending this film from haters and people who put's down iconic superhero sequel who <more>
saves people. For some reason I didn't think it was as good as I remember and for my honest opinion it is still better than Richard Donner's cut or Zack Snyder movies! I grew up watching this film, I was 6 years old when I saw Richard Lester's version on TV but I only saw half of the film. Superman III was the first film I saw on VHS as a child, this was the third film I saw. I love this film to death I love this film the same as I love Superman I and III and it is my favorite sequel. Christopher Reeve is and always will be the only SUPERMAN! No one could play Clark Kent/Superman like Christopher Reeve, the film is still instantiate classic till it's day. If anyone could be Superman. It is Christopher Reeve, he fits the part perfectly as the shy yet great reporter Clark Kent, Kal-El last son of Krypton, and Superman, Earths savior from the forces of evil. Superman is a world known icon and is permanently set in stone as the best Superhero of all time. Though, the only Superman movies I enjoyed are the first three Superman movies that had Christopher Reeve in it! I hate the new Superman: Henry Cavill, he is not a Superman as I remember when I was a kid! We have now a Superman who kills people, who let's people die and he only thinks on him self, his mother Martha and Lois! I hate Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Superman Returns, Man of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice! Superman saves a lot of people in this film, a kid who falls of Niagra fall's, a young mommy and her baby, turn's off the fire from a oil truck caused by Zod. I love Superman Christopher Reeve in this film and I was always fan of this film!John Williams theme is still a classic song to Superman my favorite iconic character!Things I don't like: The film has a few problems that are really unnecessary and I really hate it:Eve Teschmacher Valerie Perrine disappears from the storyline after she and Lex Luthor Gene Hackman leave Superman's Fortress Of Solitude, and her absence from the rest of the movie is never explained. Ned Beatty as Otis also disappears from the storyline, why putting these two characters in this movie when they both had a cameo scene without explanation in it, is beyond me, even it was from Richard Donner cut, they could have removed it anyway.Clark Kent revels his powers to Lois Margot Kidder that he is Superman and he sacrifice his powers for Lois that I stupid idea! After 1 hour Clark find's out that General Zod Terence Stamp and his goons conquering Earth behind his back and Superman wasn't there to stop theme, I don't like this thing in this film at all. I don't like Ursa killing astronaut and kicking him in the groan. I hate Sarah Douglas, Margot Kidder and Jack O'Halloran for dissing Christopher Reeve! The only two actors I have respect beside Christopher Reeve is: Gene Hackman and Terence Stamp who was even in Smallville as the voice of Jor-El, Clark's biological father. Terence Stamp was perfect choice for playing General Zod he was brilliant and excellent as the main villain - respect to this actor! Overall: I don't like Richard Donner's Cut: the scene where Lois jumped into the Niagra Falls and Clark had to save her without revealing his identity... that was not in the film. It is a shame because I love that scene. Instead, Lois shoots Clark to prove he is Superman. There are also a few more scenes cut out and replaced with other scenes. It is very interesting to see a different version of the film. But I have great memories of watching this film when I was a kid so I prefer the original version.R.I.P. - Christopher Reeve 1952 - 2004 the only Clark Kent/Superman who we always be my favorite superhero of all time! This movie for my opinion is 10/10 I don't care what anyone says about this movie or Richard Donner's cut that it is better in my opinion I enjoy this movie much way better.
I just couldn't wait for the director's cut, so anything I say here might soon be outdated. "Superman II," directed in 1980 by Richard Lester, is probably the best sequel of the first wave of superhero movies. "Superman II" is big, goofy fun, with a sense of action, romance, and humor that wouldn't quite be seen again in the genre until last year's "Fantastic Four." "Superman II" is one of the great sequels, despite its sloppy editing and a controversial back-story worthy of a movie of its own.We know that "Superman" 1978 <more>
director, Richard Donner, was originally supposed to direct the sequel but was fired under highly suspicious and to this day unknown circumstances following a dispute with that film's producers, the Salkinds. Supposedly, it began with issues over creative direction. Compounding that, Donner had gone over the originally planned budget for "Superman," and the Salkinds had been rushing the poor man to complete the film. Conversely, Marlon Brando Jor-El in "Superman" , didn't want to be in the second movie and filed suit over his percentage of that film's earnings. Simultaneously, Donner had also been shooting footage for "Superman II" and had completed somewhere around 75% of it between 1976-1978 before he was fired. But of course, the lore is well-known to those who pay attention to this film's history, and what I just described were probably the biggest reasons for Donner's removal.Lester was brought in after Donner, scrapped most of Donner's footage, and replaced it with his own material that was filmed between '79-'80 to the untrained eye, the different footage appears seamless but to those aware of "Superman II's" history, it'll be a lot like a shooting gallery for continuity errors . Only about 25% of the original scenes Donner filmed are in the movie we know today, with jarring transitions between scenes since nearly three years had passed between the two directors' filming of scenes. This all caused a near-mutinous insurrection on the set, and many of the actors Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve - R.I.P., Margot Kidder, and Terence Stamp were quite vocal about this; Hackman refused to appear in any of Lester's new scenes and it's easy to tell when a body double is being used.Original composer John Williams also walked away from the project following Donner's removal, and was replaced by Ken Thorne, who takes material from Williams's score and merely covers it with his own in much the same way Lester did with Donner. Lastly, cinematographer Robert Paynter gave a comic book look to the film that conflicted with the sparkling, epic cinematography of the late Geoffrey Unsworth. What we get, to paraphrase another viewer, is "sloppy seconds," but still an enjoyable and moving experience in its right. "Superman II" still made a box office killing in 1981, so it couldn't have been that bad ? . Hopefully, this will all be cured by the new Richard Donner cut that's due out on Nov. 28 later this year, which should include more of Donner's original material, more Hackman footage, Marlon Brando, more violence and story dealing with the three Krypton villains' task on Earth, more scenes with Reeve and Kidder, completed special effects, a new opening and ending - ?, and Lester footage to fill in the gaps. In "Superman II," the Man of Steel, as Clark Kent Reeve , is getting serious with Lois Lane Kidder , and considers giving up being Superman. If he were to do this, however, he will become a normal human being, with no way to restore his powers, and no way to stand up to a diner's bullying customer. This romantic infatuation probably could not have come at a worse time because a nuclear explosion in outer space shatters the Phantom Zone, the eternal prison of three outcasts from Superman's home planet Krypton. The blast frees the traitorous head of Krypton's military forces, General Zod Stamp , the man-hating Ursa Sarah Douglas and the brutish Non Jack O'Halloran , who then make a bee-line for Earth in a bid for world domination. Once on Earth, they discover they have all of Superman's powers, and then some. Meanwhile, Lex Luthor Hackman manages to escape from prison with help from Miss Teschmacher, played by Valerie Perrine , leaving a hapless Otis Ned Beatty behind, and sets out on a quest to the North Pole to find the Fortress of Solitude using a device he constructed while incarcerated.What this all climaxes in, is an action-packed if not somewhat slapstick special effects bonanza that takes place in the skies over Metropolis, with Superman and the three Krypton villains going head to head. It's really exciting stuff to see Superman grappling with the new experience of fighting three adversaries of his power level.Is "Superman II" a failure? Yes, because it betrays what was originally laid out by a great director and is probably one of the great, early examples of Hollywood "chopping & screwing." "Superman II" is still highly regarded as a cult classic, and director Sam Raimi makes a few nods with "Spider-Man 2" 2004 . I can see that DC Comics is making a comeback; if original Superman co-creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster could see these films, I bet they'd be proud.P.S.: R.I.P. - Marlon Brando10/10
"Superman II" opens up with a spectacular opening shot of Superman Christopher Reeve saving Lois Lane Margot Kidder from danger at the Eiffel Tower in Paris and goes on to deliver exciting events at every turn that gives this film plenty of firepower and the viewer alot of heart racing excitement."Superman II" continues te events of the man of steel in which he must battle three supervillains Terence Stamp,Jack O'Halloran and Sarah Douglas with the same powers he has.These villains take over the world which results in plenty of nonstop excitement that I thought was <more>
spectacular in every way.I enjoy fast paced action films and "Superman II" is one of them.The romance between Superman and Lois Lane is given first class treatment and the score by Ken Thorne is grand and really great.The battle scenes in Metropolis is a perfect example of great special effects. "Superman II" is a film that entertains to the fullest.
Superman's only worthy sequel (by the_mysteriousx)
For those who are into the comic book movie craze today, this one is one of the best comic-y movies from the beginning of the summer blockbuster heyday. The original Superman is really an excellent film with solid, honest direction by Richard Donner. Donner shot around half of this sequel and his scenes are all excellent Note: Every Gene Hackman scene was shot by Donner - Hackman refused to return to production after Donner was fired .There is still much hope that Donner's footage will re-surface. Most importantly of all there are vital scenes with Marlon Brando returning as <more>
Superman's father, Jor-El and giving his "life" to save his son and save the planet from the evil villains he vanquished from Krypton. It would also be interesting for audiences to see the difference between Donner's scenes and the ones re-shot by Lester.The characters are great. Superman, played by Christopher Reeve, is in solid form and he and Lois are given the opportunity to enhance their relationship from the original story. Jackie Cooper is once again great as Perry White, the chief editor of the Daily Planet.What makes this movie move is the villains. Gene Hackman is funnier and still up to no good and the villains from Krypton are menacing. His dialogue is truly witty and Hackman's timing is perfect. Terence Stamp is the power hungry General Zod, out for revenge against the son of Jor-El. Stamp plays it straight and his scenes directed by Donner show a true megalomaniac. Jack O'Halloran is solid as the hulking Non.Best of all is Sarah Douglas as the cold and evil Ursa in a truly underrated performance. She is the most curious and most interesting of the bunch. She collects badges as trophies for her conquering of earth, wearing them to mock male hierarchy. Ursa seems to be a forerunner of all of the sexy female superwomen today, but her role is not overstated and stale. She is not given gratuitous cleavage shots or anything of the sort. Ursa is a beautiful vamp and a tease, and if anything we wish she would have more screen time. Sarah Douglas constantly gives us hints as to Ursa's wishes, and we can only try to surmise what evil plans she is up to.The music is John Williams' score from the first film, but used differently. Not sure if much of the music is original. Ken Thorne does a good job here of accenting cuts with Williams' original score Williams too refused to return after Donner was fired. Some great cues are Superman returning to fight the villains, which is wonderfully heroic; Ursa's shocking appearance to both the astronauts on the moon a violent scene that uses the darkest motifs from Krypton in the first film ; and the whole Metropolis battle in the end, which is well supported by the music.The effects are very good for 1980. I keep reading how people are unhappy and always apologize for the FX in any movie more than a couple of years old. This one is solid and for the film it serves, does well. The only major goof is when Superman delivers the American Flag at the end - The water fountain in front of the White House is clearly a model with "frozen" bursting water! The scene in the de-powering chamber is not well-handled either.Overall, this is a very entertaining film, and really amazingly considering it is obviously the work of two directors. Of all the comic book movies made from the 60s thru the 90s, this one definitely rates in the top five along with the first Superman, the first two Batmans. Supermans 3 and 4 were really poor. It is too bad that Christopher Reeve did not make more good Superman films. This one has some camp, but it's way too entertaining and it's the only sequel to still have the flavor of the original. And please, let's see a special edition DVD with all of the missing Richard Donner footage!!!!!
Sequel to "Superman" is a rarity--it's better than the first film.Lois Lane Margot Kidder finally discovers that Clark Kent Christopher Reeve is Superman. He loves her but to have sex with her not said but implied he must renounce all his powers. He loses them just as three villains from Krypton--General Zod Terence Stamp , Ursa Sarah Douglas and Nod Jack O'Halloran --escape from their prison and invade Earth...and Superman is powerless to stop them.I loved this in 1981--I must have seen it three times in the theatre. The special effects were back then state of <more>
the art and I found the action just terrific. Seeing it now over 20 years later I'm seeing difficulties I didn't see before.The special effects are really bad now but kind of amusing; the story ceases to make sense in several spots it's established in the first film that Superman can't lie--but he has no problem doing it here and what DID happen to the three villains at the end? ; the comic book level script and dialogue just got annoying I was practically gagging at the love scenes between Supes and Lois and what the hell was Luthor doing in this not much ? Still I'm recommending it.Reeve is just perfect as Superman--he WAS the hero. He plays Clark Kent a little too whiny but as the Man of Steel he's totally believable. He was able to show off the innocence and kindness of Superman without making it seem silly. Kidder is just great as Lane--she now regrets doing the movie but she's very good here. Hackman having a whale of a time spices up his few scenes he has as Lex Luthor. And I really liked Douglas as Ursa--incredibly sexy and evil. Stamp got on my nerves--his overacting was overbearing and O'Halloran who has NO lines is just there. Also the sex angle was handled very tastefully--basically Superman can't have sex with Lois--he'd kill her. That's why he has to give away his powers. It's not addressed at all explicitly and the bedroom scene is actually very romantic.Some people complained about the violence in this film. Well. has anybody read a comic book lately? Comic books are violent too and all the violence here is non-bloody and VERY cartoonish. The only misstep is when they kill the three astronauts on the moon--why? And the rousing score pushes the movie right along.I recommend this very much--just turn off your mind, kick back and enjoy!
While 1978's Superman launched the superhero movies genre and proved that good movies could be made out of to be blunt childish comic book characters, it was it's sequel that set the standard for just how great superhero movies could be. Sam Raimi's wonderful first two Spider-Man films in particular his second one, a masterpiece can both be traced back to this, as it focuses on the man behind the blue costume. The film focuses on Superman ultimately being forced to reveal his secret identity to love interest Lois Lane after a series of clues causes her to catch on. As they <more>
fall deeper in love, he ultimately decides he wants to be with her, and gives up all of his powers to do, although after an ugly encounter with a man named Rocky at a cafe that makes him uncomfortable with how vulnerable he now is, and the arrival of escaped Kryptonion criminal, the ruthless General Zod, who conquers Earth with the help of his equally dangerous associates Ursa and Non, he is forced reconsider. The plot ultimately resolves itself after Zod's defeat, with Lois becoming depressed at the thought of never being able to be with him or or move on from him, so Clark does the noble thing of wiping her memory of his true identity to spare her the pain. This aspect is very well written and one of the few romance story lines in the superhero genre they've managed to get right.Acting wise, I can't even express how good Reeve is as Clark/Superman. He absolutely nails Clark's awkward facade to a tee, and strikes the perfect line between corny and badass as Superman. I'm still not sure how he manages to pull off this character so well. It's uncanny. Kidder also impresses as Lois, being given a much wider range of scenes and emotions in this, and thus more to do. Gene Hackman also returns as chief antagonist Lex Luthor in a supporting role, and even he is much better in this than the previous one, finally free of his annoying associates and awful dialogue that dragged his character down in the first movie. It's Terrance Stamp who owns the entire thing though, with his scene stealing performance as the diabolical General Zod, completely nailing every line, facial expression and movement for his character. He's so good that he managed to turn a forgettable character from the comics into a cultural icon.This movie had a troubled production, with director Richard Donner being replaced after completing half of the movie due to conflicts with the producers, with credited director Richard Lester finishing the product. Donner's full vision for the film would be released as "The Richard Donner cut" in 2006, and is also brilliant, but the theatrical version remains just as good and just as well made despite the behind-the-scenes nightmare. In fact, Lester's more comedic version seems to work well here, blending in with the drama seamlessly with the exception of the terrible slapstick used during the Metropolis battle scene to to create a highly enjoyable film filled with romance, humour, action and drama and ultimately the best Superman movie of then all. Just a shame Lester then ruined it all with the...Uh....next installment.
This is the best of the Superman movies because of the three villains, played by Terrence Stamp, Sarah Douglas and Jack O'Halloran.Those three are so good, particularly Stamp, that they make this easily the most memorable of the four films. The scenes with them on the moon, their first encounter on earth and their climactic fight against Superman in the skies above Metropolis are all outstanding.Once again, Superman goes a little overboard in his romance to Lois Lane do you believe some reviewers are upset there weren't explicit sex scenes in the film? Hey, folks, it's just a <more>
comic book and it's supposed to be innocent, clean fun. Sorry that turns you off. For the rest of us, this is generally very enjoyable film from start to finish, with no real lulls.
The Greatest Superhero Movie Ever Made (by The_Movie_Cat)
I have a confession to make. I love Superman II. Such innocent, almost niave, filmmaking, it personifies the term "family entertainment" and is, simply, great fun to watch.Other superheroes have floundered at the box office, and maybe this is to do with lack of affinity between the makers and the source material. Certainly, the Superman films are tongue-in-cheek but never so that they're disrespectful to their content or their audience. The Crow was a good example of the "graphic novel" set, and the Batman series did well under the underrated Michael Keaton, but <more>
floundered under the flat Val Kilmer and increasingly childish set-pieces. The less said about "Batman and Robin" the better.Of course, Superman had his own "Batman and Robin" in the guise of "Superman VI: The Quest For Peace", a movie made four years after the third and with seemingly a fraction of the budget. But Superman II was the series at its' peak. The theme music, a startling Star Wars sound-a-like by John Williams, fades to edited recaps of the previous film. These involve Superman as a baby being sent from the destruction of his home planet and are cleverly spliced together so as to avoid having to pay Marlon Brando any more royalties. Yet we do see Brando's hand. Surely that's worth half a million? . 20% of this movie was shot alongside the 1978 vehicle and so we get reminded in this sequence of the three Kryptonian villains, about to be accidentally released by Superman in a h-bomb explosion.This was still in the days when films were properly constructed to allow for a genuine build-up, a fully-formed middle and a proper end. Even minor players, such as Perry White Jackie Cooper have great lines and characterisation thrusted upon them. This may be just a "fun" movie, but it is lovingly put together, not "thrown together" as many films are. All the actors are wonderful, Christopher Reeve is just right as Superman, Margot Kidder is the definitive Lois Lane despite almost drowning in soft focus for her close-ups and Gene Hackman is, of course, absolutely hilarious as Lex Luthor. But my favourite player in this sequel is Terence Camp as General Zod. Terence plays Zod exactly the same as he plays Bernadette in "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" and makes great work of the lead villain that must be, in Hollywood circles, always English. "Why do you say these things when you know I will kill you for it?" he minces to Hackman with great effect.Of course, now twenty years old, this film is less "You'll believe a man can fly" than "You'll believe a man can swing on wires in front of an unconvincing backdrop" but this is still wonderful entertainment. Maybe the middle section, with Clark getting cut to ribbons after being thrown through a plate glass window is a little violent, as is the confrontation between Superman and the trio of villains. There's also the nagging feeling that this section is the biggest single example of product placement ever seen on film. Or is it coincidence that a Superman who featured in a comicbook anti-smoking campaign against "Nick O'Teen", no less is continually thrown into a Malboro van? Even Zod gets to know "things look better with Coca-Cola" as he is unceremoniously hurled into a neon sign for the corporation.But these are minor gripes, and how anyone can hold them against such a harmless film is beyond me. Superman II isn't Citizen Kane by any means, but I defy you to sit through this movie and not love it.
The Richard Donner cut is not as good as the original. (by richieandsam)
SUPERMAN IIThis is another classic from my childhood... as it is still good, but for some reason I didn't think it was as good as I remember.I did watch the Richard Donner cut... there are a few scenes that were replaced. If you remember the scene where Lois jumped into the Niagra Falls and Clark had to save her without revealing his identity... that was not in the film. It is a shame because I love that scene. Instead, Lois shoots Clark to prove he is Superman. There are also a few more scenes cut out and replaced with other scenes. It is very interesting to see a different version of <more>
the film. But I have great memories of watching this film when I was a kid so I prefer the original version.The action is great, the acting is great and the story is great. I love this film... but it is not as good as the original. But then it is very very rare for a sequel to be better than the original.All of the original cast returned in this film from the first movie. You even see more performance from Marlon Brando. Also, the Richard Donner cut is dedicated to the memory of Christopher Reeve.I love the villains from this film too... you saw them briefly at the beginning of the original movie. General Zod and his sidekicks... 3 people with the same super powers as Superman... and they just happen to arrive to take over the planet when Superman gives up his super powers and becomes human. I will give this film 7 out of 10... but I will give the original version 8 out of 10.Very good and enjoyable, but not as good as the original.For more reviews, please like my Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ordinary-Person-Movie- Reviews/456572047728204?ref hl