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Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (2006)

Superman II (original title)
Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to start a relationship with Lois Lane, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth.

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Lex Luthor (archive footage)
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Clark Kent / Kal-El / Superman (archive footage)
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Jor-El (archive footage)
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Otis (archive footage)
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Perry White (archive footage)
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Ursa (archive footage)
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Lois Lane (archive footage)
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Non (archive footage)
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Eve Teschmacher (archive footage)
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Sheriff (archive footage)
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The President (archive footage)
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Jimmy Olsen (archive footage)
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General Zod (archive footage)
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Controller #1 (archive footage)
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Before Krypton exploded and Jor-El put his baby son, Kal-El, in a rocket ship to Earth, the benevolent ruler was forced to banish three irredeemable criminals to another dimension called The Phantom Zone. The trio's leader, General Zod, vowed revenge. Later, of course, Kal-El grew up to become Superman, Earth's mighty champion. A battle with the criminal mastermind, Lex Luthor, ends with Superman hurling a nuclear warhead into space where it explodes, but not harmlessly. Instead, it frees the Kryptonian threesome from their other-dimensional prison. They soon discover they have almost unlimited power (the same powers, in fact, as Superman), which they use to take over the Earth. Meanwhile, the intrepid reporter, Lois Lane, learns that her bumbling colleague, Clark Kent, is really Superman, a revelation that leads to him bringing her to his frozen Fortress of Solitude and renouncing his powers in order to make love to her. It is only when Superman and Lois return to civilization that ... Written by J. Spurlin

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Rated PG for sequences of action violence, some language and brief mild sensuality | See all certifications »

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$54,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

After the President kneels to Zod, the scene switches to a car (presumably with Clark and Lois in it) as they drive through the snow and then up to the diner. The trumpet music playing is a jazzed up version of the track "The Planet Krypton" from John Williams' score from Superman (1978), a theme that you hear many times throughout the franchise. See more »

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During the scenes of the Kryptonian villains flying around Metropolis during the Super Battle, and when they fly with Lois and Lex in tow toward the Fortress Of Solitude, you can see the cityscapes through them, and the mountains through Non when he has Lois on his back. See more »

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Jor-El: I ask you now to pronounce judgment on those accused. On this... this mindless aberration, whose only means of expression are wanton violence and destruction; on the woman Ursa, whose perversions and unreasoning hatred of all mankind have threatened even the children of the planet Krypton; finally, General Zod. Chief architect of this intended revolution and author of this insidious plot to establish a new order amongst us... with himself as absolute ruler. You have heard the ...
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Crazy Credits

After the Warner Bros./DC Comics logos, there is an on-screen dedication "in loving memory" of Christopher Reeve, "Without whom we would have never believed a man could fly". See more »

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Not sure it was worth the trouble...
29 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

I was eagerly anticipating the release of this version of Superman II. Having enjoyed I and II a great deal, I was intrigued by the possibility of a more 'epic' style to the second movie. The Richard Donner version has some interesting moments, and is probably worth watching if you're a big Superman fan but, overall I was disappointed by it and found it less satisfying then the original. Aside from having a disjointed feel to it, the dialog was actually more campy in many places, sometimes bordering on silly. The evolution of the Lois/Superman romance is less well-developed (one of the strengths of the original Superman II) and the ending was particularly unsatisfying. However, the Brando/Reeve scenes, almost by themselves, were worth the viewing (especially the second one), and it would have been nice if these scenes could have found their way into the original cut.


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