Classic Cinema: Superman II (1980) – By Jason S. Lockard


Our world has being over run by comic book movies and tv shows. Some great some no so much! Last month we looked back at a film that made us believe a man could fly. Now let’s take a look at the sequel!

Superman I and II were being shot simultaneously. This lead to a lot of tension between Director Richard Donner and producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind, and Pierre Spengler over the huge shooting schedule and final cut privileges. Richard Donner was replaced by director Richard Lester.

In Superman II a detonation of a hydrogen bomb sends shockwaves shattering the Phantom Zone were General Zod, Ursa and Non Kryptonian criminals were banished before the destruction of Krypton. Now released on Earth they are on a collision course with the supposed last son of Krypton Kal-EL.

All of the great actors return to their roles in Superman II. Gene Hackman as Lex, Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, Jackie Cooper as Perry White, Christopher Reeve as Superman and the addition of Terence Stamp as the menacing General Zod, awesome casting!

The action in this film is amazing, but Richard Lester’s film is a little more light hearted than the first film. A few years ago Warner Brothers gave Richard Donner a chance to do The Richard Donner cut of Superman II. This cut of the film is more action with less chuckles. I like Richard Donner’s cut better.

Again looking back at the film almost 30 years later it’s still a fairly flawed but still impressive film! It is an extremely enjoyable sequel film and one worth checking out!

So until next month when we take another look at a classic comic book movie. This is Jason Lockard reminding you, if you want to see a good movie, check out a classic.

Moral Rating: Violence
Audience: Not Suitable for small children
Genre: Sci-fi fantasy comic book adventure romance
Length: 127 min.
Year of Release: 1980
Our Rating: A-