Trivia / Superman II

  • Banned in China: The film was banned in Sweden because it contained too much violence.
  • Deleted Scene: Many put back for the Richard Donner cut, while others were merely extras. A bunch of scenes were shot for both versions, some of which went un-used in both versions, some of which were restored in extended TV cuts:
    • In the ABC-TV version, Superman passes a Concorde jet on his way to Paris. This is not in the video release and was actually an outtake from the first film as a bridge between Superman saving Air Force One and his conversation with Jor-El after his first night.
    • At the end of the film, Clark Kent bumps into a large bald man, which reminds him to go to the diner to face the obnoxious trucker who beat him up earlier.
    • Superman destroys the Fortress of Solitude.
    • The Phantom Zone villains land outside the Fortress of Solitude with Lex Luthor and Lois Lane, trying to figure out how to get in.
    • Extended scenes of the three Kryptonians invasion of the White House, with Zod using a gun and Non frightening a dog.
    • Superman cooks soufflé using his heat vision, during dinner with Lois at the Fortress of Solitude.
    • Extended discussion between Zod and Ursa on the Moon.
    • The three Kryptonian villains are arrested in the TV version. In The Richard Donner Cut, Superman reversed the rotation of the Earth to keep the three Kryptonian criminals from being freed from the Phantom Zone.
    • A scene of a young woman watching a football game, only to see it be interrupted by a newsflash involving the three Kryptonian villains' attack on the small town, causing her to call the TV station and attempt to get them to put the football game back on;
    • A scene of a young Japanese girl viewing the villains' destruction of the small town on TV, followed by her father telling her that she shouldn't watch it due to excessive violence, causing her to reply, "Shut up!";
    • An longer version of the scene of Zod using a machine gun in the White House, where Zod kills a young black secret service agent, then fires at a portrait of Richard Nixon.
    • A longer version of the scene of Clark and Lois traveling by car in the snow before they go to the diner and meet the bully.
    • A young boy in the small town trying to ride a horse away for help. Zod says that no one is to leave. Non throws the red light he tore earlier from the police car at the boy killing him. One of the townsfolk says that he was just a boy, and Ursa replies that he will never become a man.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • After almost finishing production on Superman II, director Richard Donner was fired by producer Alexander Salkind, who wanted a lower-budget movie with more Camp. The result on the franchise was disastrous — many of the stars, including Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman, refused to work with new director Richard Lester or participate in later sequels. It should be noted that however disastrous the result was for the franchise as a whole, the Lester version was still a critically acclaimed box office smash, and even Superman III enjoyed good box office (if not the critical acclaim) even if only because III piggy backed off the success of the first two films.
    • Donner had reportedly been at odds with the Salkinds from early on over the tone of the film and reportedly did not get along with Pierre Spengler, a long time friend and frequent collaborator of the Salkinds. Marlon Brando was said to have been cut out of the film altogether because he was too expensive, not just for his paycheck but because he got a big bite of the first film's box office and was entitled to a big bite of the second film's box office as well, which the Salkinds decided they didn't like. Jack O'Halloran, the actor who played Non, later accused the Salkinds of having done a poor job managing the budgets for both films.
  • Referenced by...: Charles Xavier performs a memory-erasing kiss on his love interest in X-Men: First Class.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • An early version of the script had four Kryptonian exile villains. Jak-El was supposed to be an evil prankster and source of comic relief. He is described as "a psychopathic jokester, whose pranks and practical jokes are only funny to him when they cause death and suffering to others." The character was never cast.
    • Henry Fonda was the front runner for the major cameo role of USA President.
    • Fans got a taste of this when the Richard Donner cut of Superman II was released (though it obviously wasn't as polished as it would have been had he been able to properly complete it). The "reversing time" trick was originally intended as a finisher for II, but Donner decided to use it as a memorable climax to the first movie. The directors cut restored it as originally planned, though Donner said he would have worked out a new ending if he was kept on.
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