Wednesday, June 12, 2013
SUPERMAN: The Retrospective-Part VIII: SUPERMAN II: THE RICHARD DONNER CUT (2006)
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut
Director: Richard Donner
Starring: Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando, Margot Kidder, Terrence Stamp
Look at me Kal-El... the Kryptonian prophecy will at last be fulfilled... the son becomes the father... the father becomes the son... farewell forever... Kal-El... remember me my son...
The most positive thing I can say about Superman Returns is that it gave us this. Released coinciding with the home video release of Superman Returns, finally came the legendary Donner cut of Superman II. During production of Superman Returns Warner Bros was able to purchase rights to Marlon Brando's footage in Superman II, making this possible.
My favorite change is Lois' suspicion and discovery of Clark's identity. I like her double take looking in the paper. But the best is the screen test scene placed in the movie. Its an incredible dramatic and yet fun scene that is suiting and fitting of both characters. Its a far more revealing and educated scene than Clark stumbling and falling into a far being like "Ope, ya got me". And their acting is top notch in the screen test as well. Reeve's face after he realized he's been tricked is PRICELESS.
Guess what else is gone? The cellophane S. The amnesia kiss. But the time travel is still there. Here, he's not cheating to save lives. He just wants the Kryptonians damage and Lois' memory of his identity gone. To rectify his choices made. Its very Last Temptation of Christ like, only years before that movie. Only, its edited a tad wrong, as the final scene doesn't make too much sense considering what Superman has just done.
I'll return to rank the Superman franchise tomorrow...and then its Man of Steel time!