The Richard Donner version
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Richard Donner signed his contract to work on Superman, the agreement
was for the completion of two films. Because these two features
were to be two parts of a single epic story, they were worked on
simultaneously throughout most of the production under Donner's
direction. Only when there was a great need to focus on the first
film so as to finish it in time for its release date was the work
on Superman II set aside. It is estimated that up to 80% of the
footage needed for the sequel had been filmed by the time the decision
to postpone its completion took effect.
Subsequent production difficulties found Donner no longer a part
of the Superman team, and after his departure, many scenes for Superman
II were rewritten and even some of those that were not were nonetheless
reshot under the new director. Other significant changes were made
to Richard Donner's vision of the film as well, and in the end,
only some 30% of the final film contains scenes with which he was
An analysis of the 1977 shooting script, along with photographs,
storyboards, interviews, and even actual unused film footage (made
available via extended versions of the film as shown on broadcast
television) show that not only was the story to be radically different
from SII's final cut in many respects, but that stylistically and
qualitatively the film appears to have been on track as a companion
piece of equal stature to it's legendary predecessor.
The purpose of this section is to present the clearest possible
view of Donner's vision for Superman II: the Adventure Continues.
All media content included here (photographs, video stills, storyboards,
etc.) was initially created by and for the Donner-directed production
of Superman II.