‘Superman II’ (Film)


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Superman with General Zod, Ursa and Non

‘Superman II’ is my favourite ‘Superman’ movie and it was the first one I saw with Christopher Reeve. I have happy memories seeing this movie and getting excited with the story and characters.

This movie has Superman facing his matches in three super villains from the planet Krypton. These are General Zod, Ursa and Non who come to Earth to rule the planet and Superman must stop them.

Also, Superman/Clark Kent finds his romance with Lois Lane developing into a new level. After he reveals his secret identity to the love of his life, Superman soon decides to give up his superpowers.

But Superman’s decision to give up his superpowers has consequences. Not only does he get hurt like an ordinary man, but he also has to regain his powers and stop these three Kryptonian criminals.

The film was originally meant to be directed by Richard Donner who did ‘Superman: The Movie’. Eventually the film was directed by Richard Lester, who provides a more comedic flavour to the film.

I did find myself laughing at certain comedic moments that I enjoyed during the movie. But I don’t know if that was part of Richard Donner’s original intention for the movie, since he partly directed it.

Christopher Reeve excels in his role as Superman in this second movie. I enjoyed the human journey Superman took when he wanted to be with Lois Lane and makes a decision on giving up his powers.

Terence Stamp stars as the villainous General Zod in this movie. I found Zod, Ursa and Non really cruel when they attacked to enslave Earth. General Zod is really determined to become Earth’s ruler.

Sarah Douglas stars as the villainess Ursa in this movie. I’ve met Sarah Douglas in real life at the ‘Collectormania Glasgow 2012’ convention and I even had a signed photograph of Ursa from Sarah.

I enjoyed chatting to Sarah Douglas at the Glasgow convention. I told her my favourite scene with Ursa was at the cafe where she ‘arm-wrestled’ a cowboy to the floor, saying “Let’s just hold hands!”

Jack O’Halloran stars as Non, the third Kryptonian villain in this movie. Non doesn’t speak at all and he’s so aggressive and violent without thought, when he does the destructive work for Zod and Ursa.

Margot Kidder is lovely as Lois Lane in this movie. I enjoyed the love story between Clark and Lois in this movie, especially when she finds out he is Superman and he gives up his superhero life for her.

Gene Hackman also returns as Lex Luthor in this movie. Lex is more comic relief as a villain in this movie, but he comes into his own when he is helping General Zod, Ursa and Non to find Superman.

The cast also features the return of Ned Beatty as Otis and Valerie Perrine as Miss Teschmacher. There’s also Jackie Cooper as Perry White; Marc McClure as Jimmy Olsen and Susannah York as Lara.

There were also faces in this movie that I was delighted to see. There was Shane Rimmer (who voiced Scotty Tracey) in ‘Thunderbirds’ and there was also John Ratzenberger (who was in ‘Cheers’).

The action sequences of ‘Superman II’ are superb. I was engaged watching Superman fight General Zod, Ursa and Non both in Metropolis and at the Fortress of Solitude. I hoped Superman would win.

‘Superman II’ is definitely one of my favourite superhero movies, as it has a good blend of action and comedy throughout. I greatly enjoyed this for those super villains and Superman and Lois’ romance.

The DVD special features are as follows. On the original DVD of ‘Superman II’, released in 2001, there is a theatrical trailer for the movie.

On the 3-disc DVD of ‘Superman II’, released in 2006, the special features are as follows. On Disc 1, there’s the original theatrical version of the movie from 1980/81. There’s also a commentary by producer Pierre Spengler and executive producer Ilya Salkind. There’s also theatrical trailer of the movie.

On Disc 2, there are two vintage TV specials including ‘The Making of Superman II’ and ‘Superman: 50th Anniversary’. There’s a new featurette called ‘First Flight: The Fleischer Superman Series’ and eight ‘Superman’ cartoons including ‘Japoteurs’, ‘Showdown’, ‘Eleventh Hour’, ‘Destruction, Inc’, ‘The Mummy Strikes’, ‘Jungle Drums’, ‘The Underground World’ and ‘Secret Agent’.

On Disc 3, there’s the Richard Donner cut of ‘Superman II’ with an all-new introduction by director Richard Donner. There’s also a commentary by director Richard Donner and creative consultant Tom Mankiewicz. There’s also a new featurette called ‘Superman II: Restoring the Vision’ as well as some additional scenes.

‘Superman II’ rating – 10/10

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4 thoughts on “‘Superman II’ (Film)

  1. Timelord 007

    If Richard Donnor hadn’t been fired from Superman 2 this could’ve been the definitive Superman movie, Donnor didn’t incorporate the comedic elements & went for more drama with the characters, Marlon Brando as Jor-El in Donnors cut who disapproved of Superman giving up his powers & restoring them came at a cost which was emotional drama, love to read a review on your thoughts on the Donnor cut as i actually prefer that version despite it being incomplete.

    Look at how different the Zod attack on the Whitehouse scene is in Donnors cut it’s far more dramatic & brutal with Zod shooting soldiers.

    Oh and this was the first film i ever seen at the cinema in 1981, the film was released in 1980 but releases were a lot slower back then & could be released in US 6 months before they were released in UK.

    A great review Tim & I’m so envious you met Sarah Douglas.

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  2. Tim Bradley Post author

    I’ve yet to see the Richard Donner cut of ‘Superman II’. Do you know where I can get a good link for the DVD of the Richard Donner cut on Amazon. It should be interesting to see.

    Interesting that you saw this movie later in 1982 compared to the US who saw it six months earlier. That’s pretty peculiar, although movies released on VHS were much slower as they were then compared to DVD releases of today.

    Glad you enjoyed my review on ‘Superman II’, Also pleased you like my photo of me with Sarah Douglas. I’m very lucky to have met her and she was very nice to meet at the convention.

    I’m sure you do a very good impression of Terence Stamp’s General Zod. 😀

    Thanks for your comments, Simon.

    Tim. 🙂



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