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Superman II

Original movie poster.
Directed by Richard Lester
Richard Donner
(uncredited)
Produced by Pierre Spengler
Written by Mario Puzo
David Newman
Leslie Newman
Tom Mankiewicz
(Creative Consultant)
Jerry Siegel
(Characters)
Joe Shuster
(Characters)
Starring Christopher Reeve
Gene Hackman
Terence Stamp
Ned Beatty
Jackie Cooper
Sarah Douglas
Margot Kidder
Jack O'Halloran
Valerie Perrine
Susannah York
Clifton James
E.G. Marshall
Marc McClure
Music by Ken Thorne
John Williams
(Themes)
Cinematography Robert Paynter
(Lester footage)
Geoffrey Unsworth
(Donner footage)
Editing by John Victor-Smith
(Lester footage)
Stuart Baird
(Donner footage)
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) December 4, 1980
(Australia)
June 19, 1981
(United States)
Running time 127 minutes
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Budget $54,000,000
Preceded by Superman
Followed by Superman III

Superman II is the 1980 sequel to the 1978 superhero film Superman. It was the only Superman film to be filmed by two directors. For this reason the film is surrounded with controversy since original director Richard Donner had completed, by his estimation, roughly 75% of the movie in 1977 before being taken off the project. Many of the scenes shot by second director Richard Lester (who had been an uncredited producer on the first film) in 1979 are refilmed Donner sequences. It was released in Europe and Australia in late 1980 but not in the United States until June 19, 1981 (one week after the release of Raiders of the Lost Ark). Selected premiere engagements of Superman II were presented in Megasound, a high-impact surround sound system similar to Sensurround.

According to statements by Donner, roughly 25% of the theatrical cut of Superman II contains footage he shot, including all of Gene Hackman's scenes. In 1984, when Superman II premiered on television, 24 minutes were re-inserted into the film (17 minutes on ABC). Much of the extra footage was directed by Richard Donner. In the ABC-TV version, a U.S. "polar patrol" is shown picking up the three Kryptonians and Lex Luthor at the end of the film. Without this ending, it appears that Superman has let the Kryptonians die, though Superman has a strict code against killing and their deaths aren't necessary once they are depowered. On the other hand, the theatrical version's ending implies that Luthor is left stranded at the Fortress of Solitude, leaving the viewer to wonder how he got to prison in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace — that question was answered in the extended versions. The ending of the extended cuts also has Superman, with Lois standing beside him, destroy the Fortress of Solitude.

A brand new re-cut of the film, restoring as much of Donner's original conception as possible, titled Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut, was released in November 2006, with approximately 83% of the footage therein having been filmed by Donner, and the remainder being Richard Lester footage kept to fill in the gaps of footage that Donner had never been able to film before his firing. The latter part of the aforementioned scene can also be found on Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut, while the part where the police arrive is a deleted scene.

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Plot

Prior to the destruction of Krypton, the criminals General Zod, Ursa and Non are banished into the Phantom Zone by the Kryptonian Council of Elders. The planet's foremost scientist Jor-El (biological father of Kal-El, the child destined to become Superman) carries out the sentence, as Zod swears vengeance against Jor-El and his heirs. The Zone travels across the galaxies for many years and eventually drifts near Earth, where it is caught in the explosion of a hydrogen bomb that Superman threw into space in order to save the Eiffel Tower and the city of Paris. The explosion causes the Zone to shatter and free the three Kryptonians, who have not aged at all and find they have super powers due to the yellow light of Earth's sun. They discover and kill human astronauts on the moon, and mistakenly believe, after overhearing the astronaut's communications, that the planet Earth is actually called "Houston" and travel there to claim the planet for themselves. After destroying much of the town of East Houston, Idaho and defacing the presidential faces on Mount Rushmore, they travel to the White House and force the President of the United States, before an international T.V. audience, to surrender to General Zod. Although the President does so, he also warns Zod that Superman will defeat them, causing Zod to defiantly challenge Superman and rant for him to "kneel before Zod!"

Superman and Lois Lane at the Fortress of Solitude.

Meanwhile, Clark Kent and Lois Lane are sent on assignment for the Daily Planet to Niagara Falls. While Lois and Clark tour the Falls, Lois sends Clark for refreshments. Meanwhile, a small child accidentally plunges into the Falls but before he can reach the bottom, Superman quickly swoops in and saves the boy. Lois, noticing Clark's absence during Superman's appearance, becomes suspicious that Clark is Superman. She tells Clark of her suspicions and to prove them, throws herself into the water upstream of the Falls, expecting Clark to become Superman to rescue her, but Clark manages to secretly use his heat vision to cut a tree branch into the water, saving Lois by more conventional means. Humiliated, Lois quickly abandons her suspicions. However, later back at the hotel, Clark trips, catching his hand in a fireplace, and is forced to reveal his identity when Lois notices that Clark's hand is not scarred at all.

With his secret revealed, Superman decides to take Lois to his Fortress of Solitude. There, he shows her the traces of his past stored in energy crystals, one of which Lois misplaces under her purse. Against his mothers wishes, Superman decides to undergo the irreversible process of immersing himself in stored red Kryptonian sunlight, thus taking away his superpowers permanently, in order to be able to live a normal life and to love Lois. Lara begs him to reconsider but Superman is steadfast in his descision. After his transformation, the two spend the night together and then return to Metropolis. On the way to the city, they stop at a diner where Clark encounters a bully who disrespects him and Lois. Clark stands up for himself but finds that he is no match for the bully without his superpowers and gets pummeled. Beaten and humiliated, Clark observes by a news broadcast, where he and Lois finally learn what about the arrival of Zod and his companions, including Zod's direct challenge to Superman. Clark realizes he must return to the Fortress to try to restore his powers, and begins the long trip to the Arctic alone. Once at the Fortress, he discovers the crystal that Lois had misplaced, and uses its power to restore his abilities.

During these events, Lex Luthor has managed to escape prison (leaving his henchman Otis behind) with the help of Miss Teschmacher, and travels to the Arctic to find Superman's Fortress using an alpha wave detector Lex has created. Inside, Lex uses a crystal to trigger a holographic image of Lara (Superman's biological mother) and learn of the hero's past. He also learns that it was Superman's father Jor-El who banished the Kryptonian criminals to the Phantom Zone. He then discovers through the detector the location of Zod, Ursa, and Non. The two return to Washington D.C. where at the White House, Lex manages to earn Zod's trust when he tells Zod that Superman is actually Jor-El's son and that he knows where to find him. He wants in exchange to become the ruler of Australia, and Zod, consumed by the lust of destroying Jor-El's offspring, agrees. The Kryptonians bring Lex with them as they travel to Metropolis and smash into the offices of the Daily Planet, cornering Lois, Jimmy Olsen and Perry White. After not finding Superman, Luthor points out that kidnapping Lois would assure Superman's appearance. Shortly thereafter, a fully restored Superman finally arrives and challenges Zod and the others, but quickly finds that the three of them are a formidable match.

At first Superman struggles to battle the villians but begins to turn the tide and fights them to a standstill, with their battle destroying parts of the city. Zod gains the advantage when he recognizes that Superman cares greatly for the humans and seeing this as a weakness, tries to use that against him by putting the humans directly in harms way. He instructs Ursa and Non to hurl a busload of passengers whom Superman saves by catching the bus but while doing so is knocked into a wall. When Superman does not re-emerge from the wreckage, Metropolis citizens, believing that Superman was killed, form a mob and angrily attack the three supervillans who easily repel them with thier super-breath. Emerging from the wreckage, Superman realizes he cannot fight Zod with innocent bystanders around and flies off seemingly in defeat, leaving Metropolis and the villains behind. After Luthor discloses the location of the Fortress of Solitude to Zod, the villains fly off in pursuit of Superman with Lois and Luthor in tow.

In the Fortress, Superman resumes his battle with the villains and outsmarts them, managing to catch Zod in an unbreakable hold. Ursa and Non then threaten Lois and demand Zod's release. Zod then tries to force Superman to swear allegiance to him by threatening Lois and the people of Earth if he refuses. After the villains determine that they have no more use for him, Luthor tries to side with Superman and seemingly gains his trust. Superman secretly instructs Luthor to try to lure the criminals to a chamber that would take away their powers. Seizing the opportunity, Luthor double-crosses Superman and informs Zod of the trap. Zod then forces Superman into the chamber and has Luthor activate the machine. As Superman appears to lose his powers, the villains are unaware that they themselves have been exposed to the red sunlight instead. Upon exiting the chamber, Superman makes short work of the now powerless villains who all fall into the bottomless depths created by the Fortress. Lex tries to convince Superman that he was in on this plan, but Superman returns him to the authorities.

As Superman returns Lois to her home, she reassures him that his secret is safe with her. He replies, consolingly, "I know Lois, I know." The next day at the Daily Planet, Clark finds an emotionally distraught Lois who says she is torn between her love for him and his duty to protect the planet. Removing his glasses, Superman kisses Lois, using his telepathic abilities to erase her memory of the past few days to keep his secret safe, and take her grief away. Soon afterward, Clark goes back to the diner where he was beaten up without his powers earlier and challenges the same bully, but this time the results are different as Clark easily makes short work of the lout, telling the amazed onlookers at the diner that he had been "working out." Later, as he helps to repair the damage left in Zod's wake, Superman restores the American flag atop the White House and assures the President that he will never again abandon his duty.

Cast

  • Christopher Reeve as Clark Kent / Superman: Born on Krypton and raised on Earth, Superman is a being of immense strength, speed and power. Morally upstanding and instilled with a strong sense of duty, Superman tirelessly uses his formidable powers, which he gets from the Earth's yellow sun, to protect the people of his adoptive homeworld. His alter ego is mild mannered Daily Planet reporter Clark Kent. Superman's abilities include: X-ray and heat vision, vast strength, speed and invulnerability, super intelligence and flight.
  • Margot Kidder as Lois Lane: Feisty and intelligent ace reporter for The Daily Planet and Clark Kent's love interest. Lois, who's madly in love with Superman, is a driven career journalist who lets nothing stand in the way of breaking the next big story and scooping rival reporters while sometimes ignoring the potential consequences which sometimes puts her in peril.
  • Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor: Evil criminal genius and Superman's arch nemesis. Armed with vast resources and scientific brilliance, Luthor's contempt for mankind is only surpassed by his hatred for Superman. Luthor strikes a bargain with the three Kryptonian criminals in an effort to destroy Superman.
  • Terrence Stamp as General Zod: The ruthless leader of three Kryptonian criminals banished to the Phantom Zone and unwittingly set free by Superman. Zod, upon landing on Earth and gaining the same super powers as Superman, immediately views humans as a weak and insignificant sub species and imposes his evil will for world dominance. His insatiable lust for power is replaced however by revenge when he learns that the son of Jor-El stands in the way of his absolute rule of the planet.
  • Sarah Douglas as Ursa: Zod's second in command and consort. Ursa's evil will and powerlust is equal to and sometimes surpasses those of General Zod himself. Her contempt and utter disregard for humans as well as her twisted taste for wanton destruction make her a deadly adversary.
  • Jack O'Halloran as Non: The third of the Kryptonian criminals, Non is " as without thought as he is without voice." Standing at seven feet tall, Non is a formidable hulking mute with the intelligence and sometimes curiosity of a child. His only form of communication are gutteral grunts and growls. However he posesses the same destructive will as his criminal companions.

Gene Hackman, Valerie Perrine, Ned Beatty and Marlon Brando are the only actors who didn't participate in the film's reshoots. Their scenes in Lester's version (with the exception of Brando) were portrayed with body doubles.

In the 2006 documentary You Will Believe: The Cinematic Saga of Superman (included in the DVD set Superman Ultimate Collector's Edition), Sarah Douglas says she was the only cast member to do extensive around-the-world press tours in support of the movie, as she was one of the few actors who held a neutral point of view in the Donner/Lester controversy.

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Cameos

Rhea Perlman and John Ratzenberger both make cameo appearances in the film. They would later appear on the long running sitcom Cheers from 1982-1993.

Richard Donner briefly appears in a "walking cameo" in the film. In the sequence where the de-powered Clark and Lois are seen approaching the truck-stop diner by car, Donner appears walking "camera left" past the driver's side. He is wearing a light tan jacket and appears to be smoking a pipe. In his commentary for Superman II, Ilya Salkind states that the inclusion of his cameo in that scene is proof that the Salkinds held no animosity towards Donner, because if there were, then surely they would have cut it out. Conversely, Donner has used his inclusion in the scene to debunk praise heaped on Lester around the release of the film where Lester took credit for the intense nature of the "bully" scene in the diner, pointing out that he (Donner) filmed the scene and not Lester.

Controversy and cult status

Off-screen problems hampered production of this movie. Like other Salkind productions such as The Three Musketeers (1973) and The Four Musketeers (1974), Superman and Superman II commenced filming at the same time. Director Richard Donner argued with the producers over their attempts to make the film "more campy," in his opinion, which led to his removal and replacement on the project by Richard Lester. Following that, Gene Hackman declined to return for any reshoots by Lester, which cut down the number of scenes in which he appears in the final cut (or with a few scenes where a body double was obviously being used).

2006 DVD re-release.

Another reason behind Richard Donner's removal may have been that the Salkinds were upset that Donner went over their originally planned budget for the movie. Warner Brothers ended up getting more and more involved in the race to complete the film, allowing the studio to receive more profits from the film's box office take than the Salkinds had originally agreed to. With their power slipping away, Donner was unfortunately made the scapegoat.

Despite all the difficulties, and with only a few noticeable shifts in tone between the two directors' scenes (Lester's scenes tend to be more campy and humorous), it was noted by critics to be a remarkable and coherent film, highlighted by the movie's battle sequence between Superman and the three Phantom Zone prisoners on the streets of Metropolis. Scenes filmed by Donner include all the Gene Hackman footage, the moon sequences, the White House shots, Clark and the bully, and a lot of the footage of Zod, Ursa and Non arriving at the Daily Planet. Since the Lester footage was shot almost two years later, both Margot Kidder and Christopher Reeve's appearances look different between the Lester and Donner footage. Reeve appears less bulked up in Donner's sequences (filmed in 1977), as he was still gaining muscle for the part. Kidder also has dramatic changes throughout; in the montage of Lester/Donner material, shot inside the Daily Planet and the Fortress of Solitude near the movie's conclusion, her hairstyle, hair color, and even make-up are all inconsistent. Indeed, Kidder's physical appearance in the Lester footage is noticeably different; during the scenes shot for Donner she appears slender, whereas in the Lester footage she looks frail and gaunt.

Marlon Brando's scenes, including some key plot explanations, were excised from the second film, for budgetary reasons (as noted in the DVD special in The Richard Donner Cut). Thus Brando was totally absent from the Lester cut of the film.

The original script had the nuclear missile from Superman: The Movie releasing Zod and companions from the Phantom Zone, instead of the Eiffel Tower bomb. In The Richard Donner Cut, the nuclear missile scene has been restored, and all scenes involving the Eiffel Tower plot were removed.

In the years since the film's release, the controversy continues to be fueled, while the film itself has achieved cult status. In 1983, Alexander Salkind's production company pieced together an "Expanded International Cut" of the film for television using approximately 24 minutes of footage not shown in the theatrical release, some of which was original Richard Donner footage shot before Richard Lester became director. The "new" footage expanded on the film's many subplots, including a further explanation of the villains' task on Earth, Superman and Lois' romance and an alternate ending involving Lex Luthor, the three Kryptonian villains and the final fate of the Fortress of Solitude. This 146-minute expanded version was released throughout Europe and Australia in the 1980s (the initial expanded U.S. ABC and Canadian CBC telecasts, though edited differently, were derived from the European/Australian TV edit).

In 2005, several Superman movie fans attempted to bring the film closer to Donner's original vision by creating their own professionally-made video restoration of the "International Cut" and offered free DVDs of it on one of the many Superman fan sites, but their efforts were thwarted by Warner Bros., who reportedly threatened legal action.

All four Superman films received Special or Deluxe Edition releases in 2006 coinciding with the release of Superman Returns. It was confirmed that Ilya Salkind had released Donner's footage for a separate Superman II disc and that Donner was involved in the project. According to an interview conducted by website supermanhomepage.com, Ilya confirmed that Time Warner now owns all of the footage shot for 1978's Superman, 1980's Superman II, 1983's Superman III, 1984's Supergirl and 1987's Superman IV: The Quest for Peace including distribution rights. Special Edition restorationist Michael Thau worked on the project alongside Richard Donner and Tom Mankiewicz, who supervised the Superman II reconstruction. Despite some initial confusion, Thau confirmed that all the footage shot by Donner in 1977 was recovered and transferred from England. The new edition was released on November 28, 2006 and called Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut. The new cut also features less than 20% footage filmed by replacement director Richard Lester.

Reception

Superman II, like the original, received much praise, receiving a 6.7 in IMDb,[1] and an 87 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, with the summary saying "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." [2] Roger Ebert, who gave the original film very high acclaim[3] also praised Superman II, giving it four out of four stars, claiming that "Superman II begins in midstream, and never looks back..."[4]

Score

As John Williams chose not to return to score the film due to obligations with other projects, (such as the Star Wars film series), Ken Thorne was commissioned to write the music upon Williams' recommendation. However, the score contains frequent excerpts from Williams' previous score to the first film. Thorne wrote minimal original material and adapted source music (such as Average White Band's "Pick Up the Pieces", which appears both in the diner in Idaho as well as during Clark's second encounter with Rocky, the bullying truck driver).

In relation to other Superman films, comics etc.

Films

In the version of the film planned by Richard Donner, Superman flies around the Leaning Tower of Pisa at incredible super-speed, accidentally causing it to stand up straight. This was dropped by Richard Lester, but re-used in Superman III, where Evil Superman straightens the Tower of Pisa on purpose.

The idea of Superman and Lois having sex is in the back-story to Superman Returns.

Comics

Clark also uses the rare "super-kiss" to make Lois forget he is Superman. While this was a real power Superman had in the comics, it was rarely used, and eventually removed.

After attacking the White House, Lex Luthor enters the Oval Office to make a deal with the Kryptonians. By the end of the scene, he is sitting behind the President's desk. In the comics (in the year 2000), Lex Luthor ran for President of the United States and won.

In 2006, the Superman comics themselves adapted elements from the Superman movies, specifically the ice-like look of Krypton, and Jor-El banishing the criminals to the Phantom Zone. Ursa and Non made their first ever appearances in the comic book continuity. This was facilitated in the Superman: Last Son storyarc, for which Richard Donner served as a writer.

Television

In the television series Smallville, much of the imagery and concepts of the first two Salkind/Donner Superman films has been revived as a conscious homage to the film series by the show's creators. These include the ice-crystal Fortress of Solitude (and its construction from a single glowing green crystal); the spinning rectangle in space to represent the Phantom Zone; and the continued presence of the deceased Jor-El as a disembodied counselor and teacher to young Clark/Kal-El. Terence Stamp, who played Zod in the first two films, now provides the voice of Jor-El for the series, and Christopher Reeve made several appearances on the show as Dr. Virgil Swann, a crippled scientist who had acquired knowledge of Krypton to pass on to Clark, before his death in 2004. A section of John Williams's Superman theme was included when Reeve made his first appearance. Margot Kidder, Marc McClure (Jimmy Olsen), and Helen Slater (Supergirl) have also made appearances on the show. Annette O'Toole (Lana Lang in Superman III) plays Martha Kent.

See also

  • Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut

References

External links

Awards
Preceded by
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film
1981
Succeeded by
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Superman II is the 1980 sequel to Superman: The Movie (1978). The story continues the adventures of the orphan Kryptonian, Kal-El, who has become the world's greatest hero. Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to marry Lois Lane, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth.

Directed by Richard Lester. Story by Mario Puzo, Screenplay by Mario Puzo & David Newman, and Leslie Newman.
Based on the DC Comics characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
The three outlaws from Krypton descend to Earth to confront the Man of Steel in a cosmic battle for world supremacy. Taglines

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Lex Luthor

  • Even with all this accumulated knowledge, when will these dummies learn to use a doorknob?
  • Certainly, but, uh… oh, Magnificent One, he is… just one, where you are… three! Or four, if you count him [Non] twice.
  • Superman! Thank God. I mean… get him!
  • What do I get for my triple threat? Bow! Yield! Kneel! That kind of stuff closes out a town.
  • Promises were made, gifts exchanged, I… I gotta hand it to you, you know. You always told the truth. Guy always knew where he stood with you.
  • Did you see the way they fell into our trap!

Clark Kent

  • I have to go back.
  • This order's to go.
  • I'm, uh, terribly sorry about all the damage, sir. Oh, I've been, uh… uh, working out.

General Zod

  • You will bow down before me, Jor-El! First you and then one day, your heirs!
  • I like the globe that flashes red like our Krypton sun but not this irritating noise. Make way!
  • I see you are practiced in worshiping things that fly.
  • I win! I always win. Is there no one on this planet to even challenge me?!
  • These humans are beginning to bore me.
  • Son of Jor-El! We were beginning to think you were a coward.
  • Why do you say this to me… when you know I will kill you for it?
  • Scruffy. So morbid! A sentimental replica of a planet long since vanished! No style at all!
  • Come to me, son of Jor-El! KNEEL before ZOD!!
  • And now… finally. Take my hand. Swear eternal loyalty… to Zod.

Ursa

  • I have powers beyond reason here!
  • If the whole planet is watching, cannot we show them something more interesting?
  • General Zod does not take orders!... He gives them.
  • Look. They need machines to fly.

Others

  • Non, you are as without thought as you are without voice. ~ Kryptonian Councilmember
  • Then, if this is what you wish, if you intend to live your life with a mortal, you must live as a mortal. ~ Lara
  • I'll bet you 10 dollars they're from Los Ange-leez. ~ Sheriff as he spots Zod and company in the road

Dialogue

Spoiler warning: Plot, ending, or solution details follow.
Kryptonian Councilmember: Non, you are as without thought as you are without voice.

Perry White: Kent, I need a story to run with the page three sidebard. Get me everything you can on this terrorist group.
Clark Kent: Right! [stops] Uh, sorry. T... terrorists?
Perry White: Get your head out of the closet, Kent! Where've you been for the past twelve hours?
Clark Kent: Home.
Perry White: Well, don't you watch television?
Clark Kent: Frankly, Mr. White, I really don't enjoy television. Too much violence. I was just reading Dickens.
Jimmy Olsen: [races in] Mr. Kent! A gang of terrorists seized the Eiffel Tower! In Paris!
Perry White: He knows where the Eiffel Tower is, Olsen! You do, don't you Kent?
Clark Kent: Yes, sir. Has anybody been hurt?
Jimmy Olsen: Well, so far the hostages are unharmed.
Clark Kent: The hostages?
Jimmy Olsen: Yeah! Tourists! About twenty of them!
Perry White: Yeah, but that's just petty stuff. These guys claim that if the French government doesn't meet their demands, they've got a hydrogen bomb ready to level Paris.
Clark Kent: Well, geez Mr. White. That's t... terrible!
Perry White: That's why they call them "terrorists," Kent.

[Zod, Ursa, and Non have descended on the Moon.]
General Zod: The closer we come to an atmosphere with only one sun… a yellow sun… the more our molecular density gives us unlimited powers.
Ursa: They come from there. A place called Hoo-ston.
General Zod: Then we will go there, too... to rule. Finally, to rule.

[A Niagara crowd witnesses Superman rescue a plummeting boy.]
Woman: What a nice man! Of course he's Jewish.
[Superman sets the boy down.]
Boy: Again! Again!
Superman: No, I'm sorry. Only one ride to a customer.

[Lex Luthor and Miss Teschmacher explore Superman's Fortress of Solitude.]
Lex Luthor: It's beautiful! It has everything.
Miss Teschmacher: Wrong.
[They exchange a "look".]
Lex Luthor: Why didn't you go before we left?
Miss Teschmacher: That was two days ago.
. . .
[Lex interrupts a crystal-borne recitation of "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer.]
Miss Teschmacher: I like trees!
Lex Luthor: So does your average cocker spaniel.

Lex Luthor: Think of it. Three… count them, three supervillains! … They'll need a contact here on Earth! Someone with the same wonderful contempt for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness!

[Landing on Earth — more accurately, in a lake — General Zod looks around.]
General Zod: So this is planet Hoo-ston. A very strange surface!
. . .
[Ursa, bitten by a snake, reflexively zaps it with heat vision.]
Ursa: Did you see that? Did you see what I did? I have powers beyond reason here!
General Zod: We all have them, my dear.

[Clark has inexplicably exposed his superpowers to Lois.]
Clark Kent: I don't know why I did that.
Lois Lane: Maybe you wanted to.
Clark Kent: I don't think I did.
Lois Lane: Well… maybe you didn't want to… with your mind, but maybe you wanted to with your heart.

[Spotting the strangely dressed Kryptonians in the road, a sheriff flips on his police lights and siren.]
Sheriff: Hey, ya hippies! Get your butts off the road!
General Zod: I like the glow that flashes red like our Krypton sun. But not this irritating noise. Make way.
Sheriff: Did I hear right? That son of a bitch give me an order?!
[He hands a shotgun to his deputy.]
Sheriff: Dwayne, you take care of him.
Dwayne: But I—
Sheriff: Dwayne, you gotta learn to kick ass, you wanna be a peacemaker.
. . .
[Zod experimentally shoots himself with the shotgun, without harming himself.]
General Zod: Crude noisemaker.

[Superman takes Lois to his Fortress of Solitude.]
Lois Lane: Wow! This is your home?
Superman: [laughs] No. Actually, I live in the city, about three blocks from you.

[The Kryptonian criminals enter a restaurant in "East Houston", a small Idaho town.]
Bar Patron: Oh, my! The circus is in town.

[A townie aims a shotgun at Zod.]
Jody: All right! Get 'em up! Keep 'em up!
General Zod: These humans are beginning to bore me.

[In East Houston, Zod stops Non from destroying a TV newscrew's equipment.]
General Zod: Wait! Who else is seeing this?
Reporter: Ah… well, with this satellite link up, uh… just about everybody. I mean, the whole planet!
General Zod: The whole planet Hoo-ston?
Reporter: Earth. The whole planet Earth.
[Zod looks arrogantly into the camera.]
General Zod: You may continue.
Reporter: As the extraordinary story continues… as this extraordinary st—
Ursa: [petulantly, to Zod] Enough of this nonsense! If the whole planet is watching, cannot we show them something more interesting?
Army Major: [over bullhorn] Throw down your arms and surrender! This is an order!
Ursa: General Zod does not take orders. He gives them.

[After Zod literally blows off a flamethrower attack from soldiers…]
Reporter: I haven't seen the likes of this since Superman.

[An Army helicopter fires on the Kryptonians, to no effect.]
Ursa: Look! They need machines to fly!
General Zod: What bravery! Be nice to them, my dear. Blow them a kiss.
. . .
General Zod: I win! I always win. Is there no one on this planet to even challenge me?!

Ursa: Come forward. Your General wishes to speak.
General Zod: I am General Zod. Your ruler. Yes, today begins a new order! Your lands, your possessions, your very lives will gladly be given in tribute to me, General Zod. In return for your obedience, you will enjoy my generous protection. In other words, you will be allowed to live.
[Zod rips an Army general's stars from his shoulder.]
General Zod: So you are a general? And who is your superior?
Army General: I answer only to the President.
General Zod: And he will answer to me! Or all of his cities will end up like this one.

[In the Fortress of Solitude, with Lois watching, Superman addresses the image of his Kryptonian mother, Lara.]
Lara: Your father and I tried to anticipate your every question, Kal-El. This is the one we hoped you would not ask.
Superman: But I have to, because… she's everything I want in life.
Lara: And she, the one you have chosen, she feels as much for you?
Superman: Yes.
Lara: Then, if this is what you wish, if you intend to live your life with a mortal, you must live as a mortal. You must become one of them.

[The U.S. president watches on TV as Zod et al. remake Mount Rushmore in their own images.]
President: Thousands of hours to create, and they defaced it in seconds. Imagine what they'll do to the world if we resist!

[Zod demands that the "President" kneel before him. The man complies.]
General Zod: You are not the President. No one who leads so many could possibly kneel so quickly.
[The real President emerges from the group.]
President: I am the man they're protecting. I'm the President. I'll kneel before you if it will save lives.
General Zod: It will. Starting with your own.
President: What I do now, I do for the sake of the people of the world. But there is one man here on Earth who will never kneel before you.
General Zod: Who is this imbecile? Where is he?
President: I wish I knew.
[The President kneels before Zod.]
President: Oh, God...
General Zod: Zod.

[After losing his superpowers, Clark gets beaten by rude diner patron "Rocky".]
Clark Kent: I think... think maybe we oughta hire a bodyguard from now on.
Lois Lane: I don't want a bodyguard. I want the man I fell in love with.
Clark Kent: I know that, Lois. I wish he were here.

[Clark and Lois watch the President address the nation on TV.]
President: This is your President. On behalf of my country, and in the name of the other leaders of the world, with whom I have today consulted, I hereby abdicate all authority and control over this planet... to General Zod.
Clark Kent: Zod!
President: Only by strict compliance with all his directions will the lives of innocent millions be spared... [desperately] Superman! Can you hear me? Superman! Where—?
[The camera pans to Zod as he grabs a microphone.]
General Zod: Who is this "Superman"?!
President: You'll find out, General, and when you do—
General Zod: Come to me, Superman! If you dare. I defy you! Come! Come and kneel before Zod! Zod!

[Non, Ursa, and Zod lounge about the Oval Office, bored.]
Ursa: You're master of all you survey.
General Zod: So I was yesterday. And the day before.
[Lex Luthor waves a white handkerchief in the doorway, knocks, then enters.]
Lex Luthor: Hello, there. Lex Luthor. Lex Luthor. Possibly you've heard of the name — the greatest, eh, criminal mind on Earth?
Ursa: I told you this was a puny planet.
[She and Non advance on Lex]
Lex Luthor: Wait just a moment! Wait— till you get to know me better, will you, please? [laughs nervously] Wait! Look! I-I-I-I-I can give you, uh, anything you want! I-I can give you the brass ring! The… uh, unlimited freedom to maim, kill, destroy! Plus… Lex Luthor's keen mind, Lex Luthor's savvy…[He grasps Ursa's hand.] … Lex Luthor's career guidance, Lex Luthor's school of better re—
[Ursa squeezes. Lex grimaces as his bones audibly crunch.]
General Zod: We have all of this without you. You cannot bargain with what you don't have.
Lex Luthor: Oh, Magnificent One. [bows] What I am bargaining with is what you do not have. The Son of Jor-El.
General Zod: The Son or Jor-El! On this planet?
Lex Luthor: Ah, possibly you know him better by his nom de voyage, or his… name he travels under — Superman.
General Zod: Ah, so this is Superman. How do you know of Jor-El?
Lex Luthor: Oh, my Fullness… as I explained to you before… I'm about the best there is.
General Zod: Revenge! We will kill the son of our jailer!
Ursa: Revenge!
Lex Luthor: REVENGE! Heh heh, now we're cooking, huh?
General Zod: He flies, then?
Lex Luthor: Constantly.
General Zod: He has powers as we do?
Lex Luthor: Certainly, but, uh… oh, Magnificent One, he is… just one, where you are… three!
[Non growls menacingly.]
Lex Luthor: Or four, if you count him twice.
General Zod: We will bring him to his knees!
[Zod strides toward the door, Ursa and Non following.]
Lex Luthor: Wait!
[They turn back to Lex.]
Lex Luthor: First you must find him. And Lex Baby is the only one who knows where he is.
General Zod: What… do you want?
[Lex makes himself at home in the President's chair and lights a cigar.]
Lex Luthor: Well, General… the world is a big place. Thank goodness, uh… my needs are small. Eh, as it turns out, I have this affinity for, uh… beachfront property.
General Zod: What do you want?
[Lex, feet up on the Oval Office desk, makes a Nixonian double-V sign with his fingers.]
Lex Luthor: Australia!

[Lex, walking through the Daily Planet, observes the destruction wrought by Non.]
Lex Luthor: [muttering] Even with all this accumulated knowledge, when will these dummies learn to use a doorknob?
[He enters Perry White's office.]
Lex Luthor: Hi! You should see the White House; they'll be cleaning it for months.
. . .
[Lex suggests that Superman will emerge if Lois Lane is threatened.]
Lex Luthor: They're the best of friends. [snickers] You know what I mean?
Ursa: What an undemanding male this Superman must be.
Lois Lane: Yeah, and you could use a tuck here and there yourself, sister.
. . .
General Zod: She lives for now. Kill the rest. [nods to Lex] Starting with him.
Lex Luthor: W— w— wait! W-wait! Wait! Don't you remember the White House? The- the Oval Room? We had a few laughs, right?
[Superman arrives, floating just outside Perry White's office window.]
Superman: General? Would you care to step outside? (or "Haven't you heard of freedom of the press?" in Richard Donner cut)
Lois Lane: Superman!
Lex Luthor: Superman! Thank God.
[Zod looks sharply at Lex.]
Lex Luthor: I mean… get him!
General Zod: Come to me, son of Jor-El! Kneel before Zod!

General Zod: Son of Jor-El. We were beginning to think you were a coward.
Superman: I'm not a coward, Zod.
Ursa: Let him prove it!
[Zod fetches slab of concrete and prepares to throw it at Superman.]
General Zod: Then die as you deserve to!

General Zod: This… Super-man is nothing of the kind! I've discovered his weakness.
Ursa: Yes.
General Zod: He cares. He actually cares for these Earth people.
Ursa: Like pets?
General Zod: I suppose so.
Ursa: Sentimental idiot.
. . .
General Zod: I'll draw his fire… with some of my own.

Man in Crowd #1: They killed Superman!
Man in Crowd #2: Let's go get 'em!

[Superman flies off, abandoning Metropolis to Zod.]
General Zod: The next time we will kill him.
Lex Luthor: The next time? The next time? What am I gonna do with you people, huh? I held up my end; I delivered the Blue Boy… What do I get for my triple threat? "Bow! Yield! Kneel!" That kind of stuff closes out of town.
General Zod: Why do you say this to me… when you know I will kill you for it?
Lex Luthor: Kill me? Lex Luthor? Extinguish the greatest criminal flame of our age? Eradicate the only man on Earth with—
Ursa: Kill him!
Lex Luthor: Superman's address?

[Zod and company arrive at the Fortress of Solitude, Lex and Lois in tow.]
General Zod: Scruffy. So morbid! A sentimental replica of a planet long since vanished! No style at all!
Superman: [off-camera] I expect better manners from my guests, Zod.

General Zod: Now. The son of Jor-El will be my slave… forever. If not, the millions of Earthlings you protect will pay for your defiance. Destroy this place.
[Lex finally makes his way down the crystal walls.]
Lex Luthor: Hi, guys. Uh, sorry I'm late—
General Zod: We have no more use for this one. Kill him.
Lex Luthor: Me?! Lex Luthor? General… y-you came to me with nothing! I gave you Superman!
General Zod: Silence!
[Non pushes Lex, who moves off.]
Lex Luthor: Watch it! Don't touch me.
[Lex approaches Superman.]
Lex Luthor: [muttering, to Superman] Guy's a clod! [laughs nervously] Promises were made, gifts exchanged, I… I gotta hand it to you, you know. You always told the truth. Guy always knew where he stood with you.

Superman: I'd knew you'd double-cross me, Luthor. A lying weasel like you couldn't resist the chance.
Lex Luthor: Are you kidding? That was beautiful! Did you see the way they fell into our trap!
Superman: Too late, Luthor. Too late.

[Back at the Daily Planet, Clark nervously enters the office of a brooding Lois.]
Clark Kent: Hi.
Lois Lane: Hi.
Clark Kent: How'd you sleep, all right?
Lois Lane: No, I didn't close my eyes all night.
Clark Kent: Look, Lois—
Lois Lane: I understand. I understand. I sat up all night listening to the voices of reason. Do you know how vile it is to hear the first bird of the morning singing, when you've been sitting up all night, crying?
Clark Kent: I'm sorry.
Lois Lane: I'm sorry, too. I guess it's, uh… sorta like being married to a doctor, you know. The doctor gets wakened in the middle of the night, and then the wife has to cope with the fact that he's gone. I guess I'm just too selfish.
Clark Kent: No, no, you're not selfish at all.
Lois Lane: Yes, I am selfish when it comes to you. I am selfish. And I'm jealous of the whole world.
Clark Kent: Lois, it may not be easy for you to hear this now, but… someday, you'll—
Lois Lane: Clark! Look. Don't tell me that I'll meet somebody. You're kinda… tough act to follow, you know? Now, I'm gonna be fine. You don't have to worry about me.
Clark Kent: I like worrying about you.
[Lois fights more sobbing as she continues.]
Lois Lane: Would you stop? Don't you know that this is killing me? Do you know what it's like to have you come in here, every morning, and not be able to talk to you? Not be able to… show I have any feelings for you, not… be able to tell anyone I know who you are? I don't even know what to call you!
Clark Kent: Lois, I don't know what to say.
Lois Lane: I dunno, just... say that you love me.

[Clark returns to the diner where he was beaten by Rocky, who is stuffing his face.]
Rocky: Gimme another plate of this garbage.
Waitress Ann: Garbage?! That's my number one special, Rocky!
Rocky: All right, Ann! Gimme some more coffee, too, will ya?
Clark Kent: Gee, that's funny. I've never seen garbage eat garbage before. Excuse me, sir, I believe you're sitting in my favorite seat.
Rocky: Come and get it, four-eyes.

[Inside the ceiling-less Oval Office, the President sees Superman arrive with a new dome.]
Superman: Good afternoon, Mr. President! Sorry I've been away so long. I won't let you down again.

Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut

Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut is an offical 2006 re-edit of Richard Lester's 1980 film, Superman II and sequel to Richard Donner's Superman: The Movie (1978).

Directed by Richard Donner and written by Mario Puzo, David Newman, and Leslie Newman.
Based on the DC Comics characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
The Version You Have Never Seen Taglines

Lex Luthor

  • Wrong Lex? Miss Teschmacher, those are two words we don't use in the same sentence.
  • "Funny" is a person trying to smile without any teeth.

Kal-El / Superman

  • Father? If you can hear me I failed. I failed you, I failed myself, and... and all humanity. I traded my birthright for a life submission in a world that's ruled by your enemies. There's nobody left to help them now... the people of the world... not since I... FATHER!!
  • General, haven't you ever heard of freedom of the press? [alternate line of "General, would you care to step outside?"]

Jor-El

  • Listen carefully, my son, for we shall never speak again. If you hear me now then you have made use of the only means left in you: The crystal source through which our communications begun. The circle is now complete. You have made a dreadful mistake, Kal-El. You did this of your own free will in spite of all I could say to dissuade you. Now you have returned to me for one last chance to redeem yourself. This too finally I have anticipated, my son. Look at me, Kal-El. Once before when you were small, I died while giving you a chance for life. And now, even though it will exhaust the final energy left within me- Look at me, Kal-El. The Kryptonian prophecy will be at once fulfilled. The son becomes the father, the father becomes the son. Farewell forever, Kal-El. Remember me, my son.

Other

[after Superman throws the missle into space and breaks the Phantom Zone]
General Zod: FREE!!!

[reading Lois' story about Lex's arrest]

Perry White: Ah, Luthor, you've never looked lovier.

Dialogue

[Prologue]
Jor-El: I ask you now to pronounce judgment on those accused: on this - this mindless aberration, whose only means of expression are wanton violence and destruction. On the woman Ursa, whose perversions and unreasoning hatred of all mankind have threatened even the children of the planet Krypton. Finally, General Zod - once trusted by this Council, charged with maintaining the defense of the planet Krypton itself - chief architect of this intended revolution, and author of this insidious plot, to establish a new order amongst us - with himself as absolute ruler! The decision of the Council will now be heard.
Council Member #1: Guilty.
Council Member #2: Guilty.
Council Member #3: Guilty.
Council Member #4: Guilty.
General Zod: The vote must be unanimous, Jor-El. It is now therefore your decision. You alone will condemn us, if you wish, and you alone will be held responsible by me. You will bow down before me, Jor-El. I swear it, no matter that it takes an eternity! You will bow down before me! Both you and then one day your heirs!

[Clark and Lois enter Mr. White's office]
Clark Kent: Good Morning, Lois. How are you today?
Lois Lane: Oh, I'm just super. Thanks.
Clark Kent: Good morning, Mr. White.
Lois Lane: [elbows Clark] I'm super.
Perry White: Yeah, morning. Your late, Kent.
Clark Kent: Yeah, uh, sorry, Mr. White. I got stuck in traffic.
Lois Lane: Oh, that's a new one.
Clark Kent: Excuse me?
Lois Lane: I mean, as opposed to: "I got stuck in a phone booth" or "I got locked in the men's bathroom".
Clark Kent: Lois, what are you talking about? I'm sorry I was late -
Perry White: If you two wanna bicker, that's great! I have just the assignment for you. You're gonna pose as a honeymoon couple in Niagara Falls to get an expose on the newlywed racket. Some of the hotels up there are just bilking those poor kids for every cent they can get. Real human-interest stuff, though. Make your Aunt Hatie cry her eyes out.
Clark Kent: Um, newlyweds?
Lois Lane: That is a great idea, Mr. White!
Clark Kent: Excuse me, Mr. White, I'm sorry, but I'm right in the middle of a series on the city council and I -
Lois Lane: I mean, it wouldn't take long! We could just fly right up there and zoom back down again. No, Superman?
Perry White: Ha! Yeah. If he'd give you two a ride, maybe we could save a couple bucks.

Clark Kent: Well, my goodness, you sure look like the cat that has swallowed the canary this morning.
Lois Lane: A canary? No, I was thinking of something a lot more bigger. Something that flies. Something more in blue.
Clark Kent: Uh, Lois, as usual, I'm totally in the dark -
Lois Lane: Let me just turn on the lights for you then. [shows Clark Superman's picture with Clark's discription drawn on it] Get the picture?
Clark Kent: Hmm...
Lois Lane: You know, I didn't start to put this together until this morning, which is really strange because a good reporter isn't supposed to let anything slip by her.
Clark Kent: Hmm. Well that's, um, very amusing. Yes. Excuse me.
Lois Lane: Amusing?
Clark Kent: Yes siree. That's, uh, that's very ammusing.
Lois Lane: Amusing, huh? Tall, broad sholders, dark hair; I gotta give you credit, you really had me fooled. And I'm nobody's fool... Superman.
Clark Kent: S-Superman? You mean you think I'm Superman?
Lois Lane: Willing to bet my life on it.
Clark Kent: [laughs] Lois, you know, you are priceless. Really! I mean that is the single most ridiculous thing I've ever - [Lois opens a window] Lois, what are you doing!?
Lois Lane: You wouldn't let me die, Superman! [she jumps]

Otis: How're we gonna get over that wall?
Lex Luthor: How'd we get in here?
Otis: We flew in, doncha remember?
Lex Luthor: That's how we're gonna get out.
Otis: Oh, no! Not that guy...
Eve Teschmacher: [Offscreen from a baloon] Psst.
Lex Luthor: Shh! Did you do "psst?"
Otis: I wish I had, Mr. Luthor, before we left.
Eve Teschmacher: Psst.
Lex Luthor: Not that "psst", that "psst."
Eve Teschmacher: Psst.
Lex Luthor: Psst.
Otis: Psst.
Lex Luthor: Don't go "psst" when I go "psst".
Otis: Oh.
Lex Luthor: Get out there and find it.
Otis: Okay. What am I looking for?
Lex Luthor: You'll know it when you see it.
Otis: Oh. Psst.

[After Miss Teschmacher rescues Lex from prison]
Lex Luthor: Miss Teschmacher, how would you like to go on a vacation?
Eve Teschmacher: A vacation!? Do I get to wear a bikini, Lex? Please tell me you thought about me in a bikini, Lex?
Lex Luthor: No, actually I thought about you in a parca.
Eve Teschmacher: You thought about me in a parca!? You are sick, Lex. You're really sick.
Lex Luthor: That's possible. [points] North, Miss Teschmacher. Due north.
Eve Teschmacher: Um, Lex...[points the other way] North!
Lex Luthor: That's what I said North!
Eve Teschmacher: Well, you said -
Lex Luthor: Don't repeat what I just said.

Lois Lane: You are Superman, aren't you?
Clark Kent: Lois, now we've been through these haullcinations of yours before. Can't you see what you almost did? Throwing yourself off a building 30 stories high? Can't you see what a tragic mistake you almost made?
Lois Lane: I made a mistake? I made a mistake because I risked my life instead of yours.
[Lois pulls a gun on Clark]
Clark Kent: Lois! Don't be insane!
Lois Lane: And don't fall down 'cause you're just going to have to get up again!
Clark Kent: Lois, don't be crazy! LOIS!
[Lois fires at Clark, who is not affected]
Lois Lane: It is you. I guess I've know it for the longest time.
[Clark removes his glasses and reveales himself as Superman]
Superman: You realize, of course, if you'd been wrong, Clark Kent would've killed.
Lois Lane: With a blank? Gotcha!

[After Kal-El and Lois sleep together in the Fortress of Solitude, Kal-El addresses the image of his father, Jor-El]
Jor-El: The people of your planet are well pleased with you, Kal-El. You have served them faithfully and they are grateful for it. And yet you have returned to reason with me once again. My son, I have tried to anticipate your ever question. This is one I'd... hoped you would not ask.
Kal-El: My attatchments, um, the feelings which I have developed for a certain human being have deeply affected me, Father.
Jor-El: You cannot serve humanity by investing your time and emotion in one human being at the expence of the rest. The concepts are mutally exclusive.
Kal-El: And if I no longer wish to serve humanity...
Jor-El: Is this how you repay their gratitude? By abandoning the weak, the defenceless, the needy for the sake of you selfish pursuits?
Kal-El: Selfish!? After all I've done for them? Will there ever come a time when I've served enough? At least they get a chance for happiness. I only ask as much, no more.
Jor-El: Yours is a higher happiness. The fulfillment of your mission, as inspiration you must have felt. You must have felt that happiness within you. My son, surely you cannot deny that feeling.
Kal-El: No, I cannot... any more than I can deny the other, which is stronger in me, Father. So much stronger. Is there no way then, Father? Must I finally be denied the one thing in life which I truly desire?
Jor-El: If you will not be Kal-El, if you will live as one of them, love their kind as one of them, then it follows that you must become one of them. This crystal chamber has in it the harnessed rays of the red sun of Krypton. Once exposed to them all your great powers on Earth will disappear... forever. Once this is done, there's no going back. You will feel like an ordinary man and you can be harmed like an ordinary man. Think, Kal-El, I beg you.
Kal-El: Father... I lover her.
Jor-El: Think, Kal-El.
[Kal-El steps into the chamber]

[Extended version with Lex visiting the villians in the Oval Office]

Lex Luthor: Oh, Magnificent One. [bows] What I am bargaining with is what you do not have. The Son of Jor-El.
General Zod: The Son or Jor-El!
Lex Luthor: [to himself] I said that right?
General Zod: Jor-El!? Our jailor?
Lex Luthor: No, Jorel the baseball player... [Non growls] Yes, Jor-El, your jailor. Ah, possibly you know him better by his nom de voyage, or his... name he travels under — Superman.

General Zod: [thinks Jimmy is Superman] This is the son of Jor-El?
Jimmy Olson: No, but I bet your a son of a-
Lois Lane: Jimmy!

General Zod: Son of Jor-El. We were beginning to think you were a coward.
Clark Kent: I'm not a coward, Zod.
General Zod: It is extremely likely you are merely a fool. Like father, like son.

[Lex Luthor takes Jimmy Olson's cup of coffee]
Jimmy Olson: Hey, that's for the chief!
Lex Luthor: The chief's got it.

[Superman flees Metropolis; the villians return to the Daily Planet]
General Zod: Our victory is complete. The Son of Jor-El has fled.
Jimmy Olson: Superman fled?
Perry White: I don't believe it.
Lex Luthor: Believe it.
General Zod: He fled in fear of us!
Lois Lane: He'll be back! Believe me, he'll be back.
General Zod: Then next time we will kill him.
Lex Luthor: Next time? What am I gonna do with you people, huh? I held up my end; I delivered the Blue Boy. What do I get for my triple threat? "Bow! Yield! Kneel!" That kind of stuff closes out of town.
General Zod: Why do you say this to me when you know I will kill you for it?
Lex Luthor: Kill me? Lex Luthor? Extinguish the greatest criminal flame of our age? Eradicate the only man on Earth with—
Ursa: Let me kill him!
Lex Luthor: Superman's address?
General Zod: What more do you want? I can see the greed written on your face.
Lex Luthor: A small incentive, oh Fullest One. A mere bauble to jog the memory.
General Zod: What more?
Lex Luthor: Cuba.
[Non growls]

[After Superman destroys the Fortress of Solitude]
Superman: Look, Lois -
Lois Lane: No regrets, okay? I did it. I got the man I loved to love me. Didn't I?
Superman: Oh, yeah.
Lois Lane: Well, okay then. Those people need you. Do you think I don't understand that?
Superman: We can still see each other, you know. I mean, all the time. But it just can't be -
[Lois kisses Superman]
Lois Lane: Just don't forget, that's all. Don't ever forget.

[Superman returns Lois Lane home]
Superman: See you at work in the morning.
Lois Lane: Bright and early, huh? The same old Clark and the same old Lois.
Superman: Yep.
Lois Lane: Except, maybe I won't be quite so mean to you from now on. You don't have to worry. Your secret's safe with me.
Superman: I know. I know that, Lois. [flies off]
Lois Lane: Well, there he goes, kid. Up, up, and away.

[Clark arrives for work the next day after he turned back time again]
Clark Kent: [hangs his coat up] Good morning, Lois. [his coat falls down; Lois ignores him] Good morning, Lois.
Lois Lane: Oh. Hi, Clark.
Clark Kent: Jeepers, I have seen some faraway looks in my time, but with that look, you might as well be on the North Pole.
Lois Lane: The North Pole! No, that's too silly. Did you ever feel like you knew something that was so important that... No, you never did. I mean, I'm sitting on the single most important story of my career and I can't even remember what it is.
Clark Kent: Well, knowing- knowing you it must be about Superman. Maybe how he saved the city or saved the world or saved the universe.
Lois Lane: Clark, Clark. Listen, jealousy's really not counterproductive. Now there's some things that you can do.
Clark Kent: Oh, yeah? Really? Like what?
Lois Lane: Like... get us a pizza!
Clark Kent: A pizza? Now?
Lois Lane: Yah, I'm hungry.
Clark Kent: Actually, I don't think Mr. White would like it if -
Lois Lane: I'll pay for half of it, all right.
Clark Kent: I'm going. [Clark gets his coat and hat] Lois, you know about the pizza? It's okay. I'll pay for the whole thing.
Lois Lane: You know you really are super!
[Clark stops and glares at her thinking she was about to say "Superman"]

Taglines

Superman II

  • The three outlaws from Krypton descend to Earth to confront the Man of Steel in a cosmic battle for world supremacy.
  • The adventure continues.
  • The Man of Steel meets his match!
  • The Man of Steel is back, and better than ever!

Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut

  • As Originally Conceived and Inteded.
  • The Version You Have Never Seen.
  • A Hero Revealed, A Vision Restored.

Major cast

See also

External links

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