Three escaped criminals from the planet Krypton test the Man of Steel's mettle. Led by Gen. Zod, the Kryptonians take control of the White House and partner with Lex Luthor to destroy Superman and rule the world. But Superman, who attempts to make himself human in order to get closer to Lois, realizes he has a responsibility to save the planet.
|Release Date||:||December 4, 1980|
|Genres||:||Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction|
|Production Company||:||Warner Bros., Dovemead Films, Film Export A.G.|
|Production Countries||:||United Kingdom, United States of America|
|Director||:||Richard Lester, David Tomblin, Robert Lynn, Dusty Symonds, Gareth Tandy, Christopher Newman, Terry Madden, Roy Button, Paul Storey, Raoul Girard|
|Writers||:||Mario Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman, Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Mario Puzo|
|Casts||:||Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Sarah Douglas, Margot Kidder, Jack O'Halloran, Valerie Perrine, Susannah York, Clifton James, E.G. Marshall, Marc McClure, Terence Stamp, Leueen Willoughby, Robin Pappas, Roger Kemp, Roger Brierley, Anthony Milner, Richard Griffiths, Melissa Wiltsie, Alain Dehay, Marc Boyle, Alan Stuart, John Ratzenberger, Shane Rimmer, John Morton, Jim Dowdall, Angus MacInnes, Antony Sher, Elva Mai Hoover, Hadley Kay, Todd Woodcroft, John Hollis, Gordon Rollings, Peter Whitman, Bill Bailey, Dinny Powell, Hal Galili, Marcus D'Amico, Jackie Cooper, Richard LeParmentier, Don Fellows, Michael Shannon, Tony Sibbald, Tommy Duggan, Pamela Mandell, Pepper Martin, Eugene Lipinski, Cleon Spencer, Carl Parris|
|Plot Keywords||:||saving the world, dc comics, sequel, superhero, based on comic, loss of virginity, criminal, super powers, phantom zone, rocket fired grenade, crystal machine, superhuman strength, duringcreditsstinger|
In 1978, Richard Donner's Superman made us believe a man could fly. in 1980 the sequel, partly directed by Donner (he was sacked and replaced by Richard Lester, who received the sole directing credit) managed to do it again, and better.
Fans of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movies may find similarities between Superman II and the second Spidey flick: this new installment sees our hero (Christopher Reeve) give up his powers (sound familiar?) so that he can spend the rest of his life with the beloved Lois Lane (Margot Kidder), who has accidentally discovered his identity. Unfortunately, his happiness won't last, as the world faces new danger: Kryptonian criminal General Zod (Terence Stamp) and his sidekicks (Sarah Douglas and Jack O'Halloran), who were imprisoned in the Phantom Zone at the beginning of the first movie, are suddenly free and decide to conquer Earth. On top of that, they find an ally in Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman), recently escaped from jail. Looks like Supes picked the wrong week to quit his job...
Like its predecessor, Superman II works because the filmmakers focus on the contrast between his body and his heart: one's indestructible, the other is not, and that's why he's a believable, likable character (no wonder Bryan Singer based his Superman Returns on the first two S-movies). The contrast is made even stronger by the fact that this time he must choose between a normal life and what he vowed to do with his abilities.
Those looking for jaw-dropping action shouldn't worry either: the scenes where Superman fights his three opponents (with the same powers as he) in the middle of Metropolis are still as awesome as they were 26 years ago, a true joy for the eye.
And as usual, the acting is top notch: Reeve gives Superman that special mix of strength and vulnerability that make him unique, while the ruthless yet calculating Stamp and the hilarious Hackman form a perfect villain duo.
So, wanna see a superhero film with something special? Superman I and II have it all.