Superman Mondays

Movies That Make Us Episode 29

Superman 2

Superman II came out in 1980 as a follow up to the 1978 Superman. Christopher Reeve returns as Clark Kent / Superman along with Margot Kidder as Lois Lane and Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor. Terrence Stamp is also back as the main baddy, General Zod. And all the side characters are back, like Jackie Cooper as Perry white and Ned Beatty as Otis. For this film, Richard Donner had left the production because of issues with producers Ilya and Alexander Salkind, so Richard Lester was brought in to finish the film.

Richard Donner had recorded a lot of footage for Superman II while recording the first installment, most of which was lost as Richard Lester came in to finish. In 2006, Warner Bros. worked with Donner to restore his original footage and mix it with the existing film to allow Donner to finish his vision for the movie. This was released as Superman II: The Donner Cut.

Join Jake, Tracy, and Val as they welcome special guest Craig Price from Matinee Heroes, as they discuss Superman II! They breakdown bad trailers, the differences between the Donner cut and the theatrical cut, Ursa’s outfit, garbage eating garbage, Superman Mondays and Craig discusses yogurt enemas (thanks Craig). There are lots of laughs and good times as we break down this classic film we all grew up watching.

Thank you Craig for joining us on this very special episode of our show as we all were getting ready for FanX in Salt Lake City, Utah. We have more episodes coming from the event, including a very special 30th episode next week, featuring more special guests. Like a lot more. It got kind of crazy.

What did you think about Superman II? Do you prefer the original cut of the film or the Donner cut? Let us know by sending your feedback to Let us know what you thought of this episode or leave a suggestion for a future episode. We would love to hear from you.

Jake Dietz

President Jake is a blogger, podcaster, and all-around geek/nerd. He enjoys all sorts of different “fandoms,” but more than anything he loves movies. Movies have always been a big part of his life. From escaping into them as a child and teenager to working in the business as a concessions worker at his local theater, movies have always been there for Jake. In addition to his extensive DVD/Blu-ray/iTunes movie collection, Jake is also a loving husband to one wonderful wife and father to six amazing children.

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