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. Written by
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Originally, Richard Donner had filmed Superman talking to his father for Superman II (1980), but Marlon Brando sued for (and won) a share of the first film's profits. The lawsuit also awarded him a share of this film's profits, even though he doesn't appear in it. Brando's scenes were replaced by scenes with Superman's mother. Brando's scenes appear in Superman II (2006) and briefly during a scene in Superman Returns (2006). See more »
When Zod, Ursa, and Non leave the Daily Planet offices to chase Superman, all three of them fly out of separate windows, and only those windows break. After the shot of a bunch of debris falling to the sidewalk, and the whole wall of Perry White's office is gone. See more »
Alert, alert, alert.
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Opening credits incorporate an extensive amount of footage from the first Superman movie. See more »
Excellent film from the days when a good story was essential!
Not many films from the 70's have stood the test of time but those that have had one basic fact in common: "a good story". The fact that this film has a great story as well as some of the best special effects available in the 1970s is perhaps the reason for it's success. If you are reading this thread and have not seen this film you must certainly be from another planet.
I will not spoil this film by telling you the plot or anything that happens in the film as others more worthy of my name ("filmspoiler") have done. I will only say that this film joins the very few (Terminator 2, Back to the future 2, Final Destination 2) sequels that are as good as, if not better than, there prequels. I only hope that the 2006 remake "Superman Returns" is 30 years ahead of it's time!!
(PS: Above comments written by someone old enough to remember the much older "Rocket Man" TV series)
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