Stars: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Runtime: 127 minutes
Director Richard Lester (A Hard Day's Night) took over the franchise with this first sequel in the series, though the film doesn't look much like his usual stylish work. (Superman III is far more Lesteresque.) Still, there is a lot to like about this movie, which finds Superman grappling with the conflict between his responsibilities as Earth's savior and his own needs of the heart. Choosing the latter, he gives up his powers to be with Lois Lane (Margot Kidder), but the timing is awful: three renegades from his home planet, Krypton, are smashing up the White House, aided by the mocking Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman). The film isn't nearly as ambitious as its predecessor, but the accent on relationships over special effects (not that there aren't plenty of them) is very satisfying. --Tom Keogh
Come forward. Your General wishes to speak.
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.
So you are a General? And who is your superior?
And he will answer to me! Or all of his cities will end up like this one.
Hey, y'know, this isn't like the old days when it was just you and me. I gotta hand it to you, you always told the truth, a guy always knew where he stood with you, you were totally honest, you wanted to destroy me. I respect you for it.
Well. Perhaps there's some good in you after all, Lex Luthor.
I tell you, I'm full of good, I've just never used any of it.
All right, I guess we'll have to take that chance.