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 ...
As Originally Conceived and Intended
Motion Picture Rating
Rated PG for sequences of action violence, some language and brief mild sensuality
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Did You Know?
Most of the new scenes in this cut were shot during the production of Superman
(1978). They had to be re-written and re-shot by Richard Lester
because, under Director's Guild rules, he had to direct more than half the film to be credited. One exception to this, is the new alternate scene where Lois discovers Clark's true identity by shooting him. Richard Donner
was never able to shoot this scene during principal photography. The take now used in this cut, was used as a screentest for Christopher Reeve
and Margot Kidder
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In the Richard Donnor cut during the sequence where Superman reverses time there are several crowd shots which clearly show modern day New York instead of when the rest of the movie takes place. You can tell by the style of clothes and the cars in the background. See more
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 ...
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
28 November 2006 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut
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Aspect Ratio: 2.39 : 1
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