Superman II (1981)
Critic Consensus: The humor occasionally stumbles into slapstick territory, and the special effects are dated, but Superman II meets, if not exceeds, the standard set by its predecessor.
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as Clark Kent/Superman
as Lex Luthor
as Lois Lane
as Perry White
as Eve Teschmacher
as The President
as Jimmy Olsen
as Gen. Zod
as CRS Man
as Cab Driver
as Krypton Elder
as Man at Bar
as President's Aide
as Football Fan (uncredited)
as Presidential Impostor
as Diner Owner
as News Vendor
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Critic Reviews for Superman II
The problem is that the film is too unwieldy to maintain any consistency of humor or tone. Whenever the relationships start to develop, the film has tobreak away for a stunt, leaving you feeling depressed and depleted.
What seems to have been lost is the straightforward heroic exuberance of the original film, despite Reeve's gallant and endearing efforts.
Let's face it, times change, and Superman and friend have sweetly embraced the spirit of the '80s as well as each other.
Manages to gain classic comic book feature status through a combination of great stunts and a great human angle.
Audience Reviews for Superman II
With the money rolling in from the first one, this one follows the recognised sequel formula faithfully in that there's more of everything that was in the first, and perhaps even too much more, the film being so self-consciously aware that it's nearly to the point of parody. It's still a big Superman movie...only with wild red hair and a big round nose.
It may not set an new standards in this series, especially because it's almost impossible to live up to the amazement that the original film brought to the table, but "Superman 2" exceeds in many more ways than one, embracing it's cheese and creating awesome action scenes, even if the extras become a bit distracting and the effects laughable. The effects are definitely dated, but the story is stronger than ever. As seen at the beginning of the first film, Zod and his sidekicks have been locked up in the phantom zone, only awaiting their accidental release in this film, making them the main focus as Kal-El/Superman faces real-life issues. I loved everything about this film, but it is just hard to praise it as much as the first, because I wanted to see just a little more of everything. Still, it's a fantastic superhero film that I can watch over and over again!
**** "Superman 2" is one off those sequels that does a lot of the same as the first one, but changes it up enough to actually be better. Here, everyone is back, only the villain is General Zod(Terrance Stamp) along with his 2 sidekicks, who have escaped their exile, and come to Earth to rule. Once here, they meet with Lex Luther(Gene Hackman) and learn that Jor-El's son, Superman(Christopher Reeve) is living on Earth. It then becomes their mission to destroy Superman and make him kneel, while ruling the world. There is a lot more action in this one that the first(and the 3 and 4th), and although the ending is one big rehash, it's very entertaining and keeps at a good pace. The version I watched is the Richard Donner cut released from 2006. I don't remember much from the original theatrical version, so I'd have to rewatch it sometime before I can say what's different, but this version works fine. Reeve was an awesome Superman, and just as awesome as he was, Stamp was amazing as Zod. For a guy dressed like a dominatrix, he was a perfect villain. The film runs a little long, and obviously looks dated, but it holds up better than the other 2 sequels by far. Actually, I would say this is the best of the Reeve's Superman movies. If your gonna revisit any of them before the new one, this is the one to check out. If anything, to compare the Zod performances.
Superman II Quotes
|Gen. Zod:||Why do you say this to me, when you know that I will kill you for it?|
|Gen. Zod:||[as somebody pulls a gun on him] These humans are beginning to bore me.|
|Gen. Zod:||I win. I always win. Is there no one on this planet to even challenge me?|
|Clark Kent/Superman:||Good afternoon, Mr. President. Sorry I've been away so long...I won't let you down again.|