History Film / SupermanII

15th May '18 4:25:20 AM jormis29
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An alternate cut of this film, ''Superman II - The Richard Donner Cut'', was eventually released on DVD in 2006. While several scenes had to be reconstructed from incomplete materials (in one case, a 1978 ''screen test'' between Creator/ChristopherReeve and Margot Kidder was used), this cut is as close to Donner's vision of ''Superman II'' that anyone will ever see.

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An alternate cut of this film, ''Superman II - The Richard Donner Cut'', was eventually released on DVD in 2006. While several scenes had to be reconstructed from incomplete materials (in one case, a 1978 ''screen test'' between Creator/ChristopherReeve and Margot Kidder Creator/MargotKidder was used), this cut is as close to Donner's vision of ''Superman II'' that anyone will ever see.
21st Apr '18 10:05:04 PM nombretomado
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* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: The theatrical release of ''Superman II'' has some of the most {{egregious}} and parodied examples out there, including:

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* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: The theatrical release of ''Superman II'' has some of the most {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} and parodied examples out there, including:
19th Apr '18 1:17:13 AM Arivne
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* ArtisticLicenseMilitary
** While on duty, a Metropolis police officer uses the phrase "over and out" during an official radio communication.
** While talking on the radio with the Metropolis airport control tower, the pilot of Air Force One says "over and out".
** A soldier in a U.S. Army convoy uses the phrase "over and out" during a radio call to another Army unit.
7th Apr '18 3:01:17 PM Morgenthaler
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* DeliberatelyJumpingTheGun: Clark Kent (de-powered Superman) asks the bully in the diner to step outside so they can fight. The bully says "After you." As Clark starts to go out the bully attacks him from behind (and with surprise) and knocks him down.
5th Apr '18 9:57:08 PM omnicritic
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** The Richard Lester makes the only clearly stated penalty for Clark giving up his powers the damage incurred on civilians, while Clark gave up his powers, but this is still a penalty that Clark himself did not pay. The reason that civilian casualties were absent in Donner version is discussed under reset button.

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** The Richard Lester cut makes the only clearly stated penalty for Clark giving up his powers the damage incurred on civilians, while Clark gave up his powers, but this is still a penalty that Clark himself did not pay. The reason that civilian casualties were absent in Donner version is discussed under reset button.
28th Mar '18 12:48:44 PM JohnShel91
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* WhamShot: When Zod orders Superman into the depowering chamber, [[spoiler: the whole Fortress glows red, yet the chamber stays clear. Those who remember the first depowering scene know what's coming]].
28th Mar '18 12:38:07 PM JohnShel91
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* TenMinuteRetirement: Superman gives up his superpowers, intending to live with Lois as a ordinary human. However, he soon learns that Zod and his fellow supervillains have taken over the earth, and has to become Superman once again in order to stop them.

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* TenMinuteRetirement: Superman gives up his superpowers, intending to live with Lois as a ordinary human. However, he soon learns that Zod and his fellow supervillains have taken over the earth, Earth, and has to become Superman once again in order to stop them.



* ChekhovsGun: The molecular chamber which Superman uses to become mortal in order to fall in love with Lois, plays a crucial part in the climax when he's forced to enter it again after Luthor lets the cat out of the bag. [[spoiler:Fortunately, Superman manages to turn the tables on Zod and his mooks.]]

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* ChekhovsGun: ChekhovsGun:
** The French hydrogen bomb, which Supes hurls into space, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero accidentally causing it to shatter the Phantom Zone and free the Terrible Trio.]]
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The molecular chamber which Superman uses to become mortal in order to fall in love with Lois, plays a crucial part in the climax when he's forced to enter it again after Luthor lets the cat out of the bag. [[spoiler:Fortunately, Superman manages to turn the tables on Zod and his mooks.]]






* WhatEverHappenedToTheMouse?: Eve Teschmacher completely vanishes from the film after she and Lex break into the Fortress of Solitude and is never even mentioned again. Although in the original ending in the script Superman put Zod, Ursa, and Non back into the the Phantom Zone and put Luthor in with them, and we would've seen Eve observing them through a telescope and waving goodbye to Lex, but since this is changed in the final film it means she vanishes without explanation. Although there is the possibility that Luthor was still angry over her betrayal of him in the first film...

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* WhatEverHappenedToTheMouse?: WhatEverHappenedToTheMouse?:
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Eve Teschmacher completely vanishes from the film after she and Lex break into the Fortress of Solitude and is never even mentioned again. Although in the original ending in the script Superman put Zod, Ursa, and Non back into the the Phantom Zone and put Luthor in with them, and we would've seen Eve observing them through a telescope and waving goodbye to Lex, but since this is changed in the final film it means she vanishes without explanation. Although there is the possibility that Luthor was still angry over her betrayal of him in the first film...film...
** The fate of the terrorist group in Paris is never revealed. In fact, the whole incident is never mentioned again once the bomb destroys the PhantomZone.



* WhatTheHellHero: In the Donner re-edit, the image of Jor-El gives his son a pretty good one for abandoning the people of earth to become a mortal human.

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* WhatTheHellHero: In the Donner re-edit, the image of Jor-El gives his son a pretty good one for abandoning the people of earth Earth to become a mortal human.
23rd Mar '18 3:52:00 AM falcon2484
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->'''Superman:''' General, would you care you step outside?\\

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->'''Superman:''' General, would you care you to step outside?\\
12th Mar '18 8:02:50 PM AmbarSonofDeshar
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* MentalHandicapMoralDeficiency: Zod's Brute, Non, is described as mentally handicapped, and is a thug who can only interact with the world through violence.
17th Feb '18 2:01:13 PM Dragon101
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* ShinyNewAustralia: TropeNamer. Lex Luthor trades his knowledge of Superman (affinity for Lois and the location of the Fortress of Solitude) for rulership of Australia (and later Cuba as well).

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* ShinyNewAustralia: TropeNamer.TropeMaker [[note]]The TropeNamer is a Dr Horrible Sing Along song, but it was inspired by this movie.[[/note]]. Lex Luthor trades his knowledge of Superman (affinity for Lois and the location of the Fortress of Solitude) for rulership of Australia (and later Cuba as well).
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