Originally Posted by Dr Vivisector,
So would someone please tell me what parts of the current version of Superman II are by which director? I've been catching parts of it on cable this month and I've been noticing differences in styles.....
It's hard to know exactly who is responsiable for what.
Some say Donner shot 80% of the sequel before getting fired, others claim 60%.
A lot more footage on Krypton with the baddies.
The opening Paris terrorists junk belongs to Lester.
Instead of the Paris foolishness, the original opening had Lois looking at pictures of Clark and Superman side by side. She draws glasses on Superman and connects the dots.
She makes Clark reveal himself to her by jumping out the window of the Daily Planet. Clark stays in disguise and uses his super breath to push Lois in the awnings for support. She eats crow, but only temporarily.
This plot point is evident in the original version during the Niagra Falls stay when Lois jumps in the river demanding Clark, change into Superman and save her.
The jokey stuff with the villains in the town is Lester. That's why we hear a young boy inexplicably speak with an English accent. The kid was Lester's grandson.
There was an interesting scene in Donner's version that had Non, the silent one, kill a young boy for running from General Zod. A woman comes up to him and says, "He was just a boy." Zod says, "NO ONE Leaves
The hick sheriff was Lesters.
The White House invasion had tons more footage. One scene had Zod grabbing a machine gun and using it to mow down several White House staffers. Early bits of this scene are still in the movie, but it cuts just as Zod grabs the gun and flings the guy through the window.
The biggest omission was Brando as Jor El. With the new film coming out, that is rumored to be using this footage, who knows if it will surface in the new DVD?
The amnesia kiss I think was Lester. I'm not sure what Donner had in mind for this. It always felt like a major cop-out.
The rest is hard to figure out. I would say, whenever there is something jokey or stupid, it belongs to Lester.
Can not wait for these DVDs in November.