It's depressing to think, but there could have been a great movie in Superman II. Yet, due to typical studio politics of the 70s, we are given this movie instead. It's even harder to believe anyone would find Marlon Brando's work unworthy of any movie. Donner really deserves the credit for 70% of what works in the film, while Lester deserves the 30% that doesn't. So on the basis of Donner's work I still recommend it.
After seeing the Richard Donner cut.. In all honesty, Donner shot this poorly from the outset. Superman, a COMEDY. Really.. Well, in that case, it makes sense to bring in a comedy director to save the production. Enter Richard Lester. I don't blame Mario Puzo. Something very transgressive and interesting could have been wrung from this script.
Bear in mind that I only saw the Donner cut, but this was just as good, if not better, than the first. Hackman makes a much better supporting player than lead, and Zod is one of the better superhero villains ever.
Terrific superhero movie, on my superhero movies done right. Stamp is brilliant as zod, music is outstanding, I like Superman 2 better than 1, one of the few series that the sequel is actualy better than the original along with star trek 2 and the empire strikes back for star wars. watch 3 and 4 and skip returns if your desperate as superman started sucking at 3 when they watered down williams score.