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, the trio returned into the story and joined Lex Luthor to make him become President.
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).
Richard Donner Cut
In 2006, Warner Brothers released a Special Edition DVD that was called 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 decided to quit filming the second film.