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||:||Dovemead Films, Film Export A.G., Warner Bros. Pictures|
|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 power, phantom zone, rocket fired grenade, crystal machine, superhuman strength, duringcreditsstinger|
SUPERMAN II is one of the most exiting movies of all time. The original, as good as it was, didn't exactly heap on the thrills. This sequel makes up for it - and then some. It gets down to business immediately, with supervillains coming to Earth, and builds to unbearably tense climax in Metropolis. Some of the scenes are absolute classics; the three villains descending silently through space towards Earth is chillingly ominous; the bad guys storming the White House and confrounting the President himself; the brilliant double-bluff ending which will have you pleading, "Oh No!!" and then cheering "Oh Yes!!"; the bit when it looks like it's all over, and then newspapers in the street get blown about, the farmiliar theme strikes up and we know who's back; and the best scene of all with a beaten up Clark watching the President on TV. Incredible stuff. Forget the million bullets+ finale of Face/Off, the climactic confrontation in the night time streets of Metropolis is surely the most spectacular showdown in film history, with Superman and the bad guys in a incredible battle of the titans. The action is truly astonishing - they punch each other through ENTIRE skyscrapers, and throw BUSES at each other! Almost everything in their way gets demolished - cars fly through the air and smash into each other, people get blown down the street, it's an amazing, almost orgasmically destructive scene. This film is far better than any of the other films in the series, and easily better than the legion of multi-million dollar blockbusters laden with CGI and non-existent characters. The only thing wrong with it is the poor version of the incredible theme tune, and the Clark and Lois bits are a dull. Apart from that, an absolute classic, and so damn exciting.