Director Richard Lester (A Hard Day's Night
) took over the franchise with this first sequel in the series, though the film doesn't look much like his usual stylish work. (Superman III
is far more Lesteresque.) Still, there is a lot to like about this film, which finds Superman grappling with the conflict between his responsibilities as Earth's saviour and his own needs of the heart. Choosing the latter, he gives up his powers to be with Lois Lane (Margot Kidder), but the timing is awful: three renegades from his home planet, Krypton, are smashing up the White House, aided by the mocking Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman). The film isn't nearly as ambitious as its predecessor, but the accent on relationships over special effects (not that there aren't plenty of them) is very satisfying. --Tom Keogh
This fantastic new 3 disc Special Edition of Superman 2 features the original Richard Lester theatrical cut, as well as the Richard Donner version which includes the film as it was originally conceived and intended to be filmed; containing a beginning and ending never seen before with 15 minutes of restored footage! A nuclear explosion in outer space has freed rebel General Zod and his evil cohorts from their captivity in a fragment of Kryptonite. Having been banished from Krypton for their treachery against Jor-El they now plot revenge on his son - Superman. Arch villain Lex Luthor offers his services to Zod. Meanwhile, Lois Lane has finally discovered Clark Kent“s identity. Will Superman surrender his superhuman powers to marry her or will he save the city of Metropolis? Original cast members from Superman create a blend of thrills, humour and humanity that makes this sequel great fun for the whole family.