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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28 November 2006 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?
One major sequence that had to be omitted from the film was the "villains conquer the world" sequence, which depicted Zod, Ursa, and Non destroying national monuments and landmarks across the globe. As the original sequence was never shot, Michael Thau
had considered using computer effects to augment existing footage to simulate the scenes, until Richard Donner
vetoed the idea, not wanting the new computer effects to clash with those of the original film. See more
In the hotel/Tuxedo scene where Clark and Lois are discussing whether he is Superman or not, several times Clark's hair changes from being dry and long, to being shorter and with a lot of hair gel. 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