MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 129 this week

Superman II (1980)

 -  Action | Sci-Fi  -  19 June 1981 (USA)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 62,338 users   Metascore: 87/100
Reviews: 257 user | 106 critic | 11 from Metacritic.com

Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to marry Lois, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth.

Directors:

, (uncredited)

Writers:

(character created by: Superman), (character created by: Superman), 5 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 titles
created 18 May 2011
 
a list of 43 titles
created 09 Sep 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 18 Sep 2011
 
a list of 48 titles
created 05 Apr 2012
 
a list of 33 titles
created 11 Aug 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Superman II" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Superman II (1980)

Superman II (1980) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Superman II.

User Polls

2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Superman (1978)
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman
Superman II (Video 2006)
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to marry Lois, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth.

Directors: Richard Donner, Richard Lester
Stars: Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando
Superman III (1983)
Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Synthetic kryptonite laced with tobacco tar splits Superman in two: good Clark Kent and bad Man of Steel.

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Margot Kidder
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Superman reappears after a long absence, but is challenged by an old foe who uses Kryptonian technology for world domination.

Director: Bryan Singer
Stars: Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth
Batman (1989)
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.

Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When a corrupt businessman and the grotesque Penguin plot to take control of Gotham City, only Batman can stop them, while the Catwoman has her own agenda.

Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

When the Man of Steel is rendered almost powerless by an evil mastermind, he must find a way to prove to the world that he is still a super man.

Director: Gene Fallaize
Stars: Paul Khanna, Stacy Sobieski, Lucy Bruegger
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Batman must battle Two-Face and The Riddler with help of an amourous psychologist and a young circus acrobat who becomes his sidekick, Robin.

Director: Joel Schumacher
Stars: Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey
Superman (1948)
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Superman comes to Earth as a child and grows up to be his home's first superhero with his first major challenge being to oppose The Spider Lady.

Directors: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Thomas Carr
Stars: Kirk Alyn, Noel Neill, Tommy Bond
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

Batman & Robin try to keep their relationship together even as they must stop Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy from freezing Gotham City.

Director: Joel Schumacher
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Stars: Richard Donner, Michael Thau, Karen Rasch
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Non
...
...
...
...
...
...
Leueen Willoughby ...
Leueen
Robin Pappas ...
Alice
Edit

Storyline

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 Keith Howley <lald@ptdprolog.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Miraculously freed from eternal orbit, the three outlaws from Krypton descend to earth, for the ultimate confrontation. See more »

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

| |

Release Date:

19 June 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Superman 2  »

Box Office

Budget:

$54,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$108,200,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Richard Donner Cut)

Sound Mix:

(MegaSound encoding) (70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Towards the end of the movie, when Clark Kent enters the Daily Planet floor to talk to Lois for the last time, a sign in the background on the white board says "Daha iyisi olamaz". It's in Turkish, and means "There can't be anything better". See more »

Goofs

When the boy at Niagara Falls begins to fall it takes approx. 28 seconds for Superman to catch him. Since the fall would have been only about 200 feet it would have taken the boy around 4 seconds to hit the water. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Krypton guard: Alert, alert, alert.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits incorporate an extensive amount of footage from the first Superman movie. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Supergirl: The Making of the Movie (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Pick Up the Pieces
Written by Roger Ball, Hamish Stuart, and Average White Band (as The Average White Band)
Performed by Average White Band (as The Average White Band)
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Superman's only worthy sequel
23 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

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 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 human hierarchy. Ursa seems to be a forerunner of all of the sexy female superwoman 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!!!!!


31 of 38 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Salkinds Made The Right Business Decision in Cutting Out Brando lenlarga
So, Paris is closer to us than the moon? Bluebull32
Zod, Ursa, + Non didn't age. Jedi6215
What if they didn't shoot Superman and Superman 2 back to back? blackrock316
Margot Kidder's face changed from Superman I guardkid
Funny underated scene richardpaperboy
Discuss Superman II (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?