Given all the behind-the-scenes drama that occurred during the making of "Superman II" -- most famously, the unceremonious firing of director Richard Donner, who had already completed three fourths of the movie only to be replaced with Richard Lester, who proceeded to re-shoot much of the existing footage -- it's a miracle that "Superman II" didn't end up a miserable failure of a film. In fact, it holds up remarkably well; its 86 percent Tomatometer rating bests the 83 percent earned by Donner's restored cut, finally released in 2006. Ultimately, even the cornball humor (or the dated special effects) don't really detract from arguably the best storyline of any "Superman" film.
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.
Once again mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent (Christopher Reeve), hiding his identity as Superman, must fight for law and order. This time around, a triumvirate of nasty villains from the planet Krypton...
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