Superman sacrifices his powers to be with Lois Lane, just as a trio of
Kryptonian rebels escapes from exile and plans to conquer Earth.
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (1980)
Directed by Richard Donner
Written by Mario Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman
Starring Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Terence Stamp, Margot Kidder, Marlon Brando, Sarah Douglas, Jack O'Halloran, Jackie Cooper, Ned Beatty, Valerie Perrine, Marc McClure, E.G. Marshall
Sequel to 1978's Superman
Based on characters from DC Comics
Superman II is one of the best superhero sequels of all time, and the only good sequel in the original Superman franchise. This film keeps everything we liked about the first film and adds the iconic General Zod into the mix. I am, of course, referring to the Richard Donner cut of this film, which is infinitely better than the theatrical.
This film gives us more insight into the relationship between Superman and Lois Lane, which thankfully isn't focused on so much that it starts to get corny. Instead, Superman II reintroduces us to the evil Kryptonian rebel leader General Zod, played impeccably by Terence Stamp. His vicious cry of "Kneel before Zod!" is one of my personal favorite movie quotes and he remains my favorite character from Superman's rogues gallery.
While Superman II does contain some fantastical elements from the first film that I think are a little silly (turning back time by flying around the planet, for example), it's still an enjoyable sequel that doesn't embarrass the first one. This one feels more like a comic book movie, without becoming ridiculous.