Superman II is a 1981 superhero blockbuster sequel to the 1978 box office smash Superman. The film stars Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Jackie Cooper, Gene Hackman, Ned Beatty, Terence Stamp, Jack O’Halloran and Sarah Douglas.
Before the destruction of Krypton, three criminals are banished into the Phantom Zone for insurrection and murder, amongst all other crimes. Years after the planet Krypton exploded and after Superman came to Earth, Superman foils the plot of terrorists by hurtling their nuclear device into outer space, but the bomb's shock waves free the Kryptonian villain General Zod (Terence Stamp) and his henchmen Ursa (Sarah Douglas) and Non (Jack O'Halloran) from their imprisonment. Traveling to Earth, they threaten the planet with destruction at the same time that Superman decides to renounce his superpowers in order to live a normal life as Clark Kent with his new love, Lois Lane (Margot Kidder).
Superman II currently holds an 87% “Certified Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes with a critic consensus that reads "The humor occasionally stumbles into slapstick territory, and the special effects are dated, but Superman II meets, if not exceeds, the standard set by its predecessor." Film critic Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times gave the film a four out of four stars and stated "Superman II begins in midstream, and never looks back..."
Why It Rocks
- A good follow-up to the original film and takes place almost exactly where the previous film left off.
- The original cast returns, except for Glenn Ford since his character died in the previous film.
- Good superhero action and good special effects.
- Flashbacks from the first film are shown which keeps the film in good continuity (especially the opening scene from the first film).
- Zod, Ursa, And Non are awesome villians in this sequel.
- The Screenplay is just pretty good.
- Richard Donner's cut rocked also.
- Like the first film, the fighting effects haven't aged well.
- The last two sequels were just terrible. Thankfully, Superman Returns ignores the events of the last two sequels.
Richard Donner Cut
On November 28, 2006, Warner Brothers released a Special Edition DVD of Superman II titled Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut, which had more extended scenes in contrast to the standard edition DVD which only has the theatrical version. Richard Donner, the director of the first film shot several scenes for the second film, but either decided to quit filming the second film, or had been fired.