General Zod (Terence Stamp) and his cronies are freed from their free floating two-dimensional glass prison when Superman (Christopher Reeve) releases a hydrogen bomb in the atmosphere meant for the residents of Paris. Realizing they would possess Godlike powers on Earth, the trio descends on the planet in order to rule and form a tenuous alliance with criminal mastermind Lex Luther (Gene Hackman) who has just escaped from prison. Meanwhile, after Lois (Margot Kidder) puts two and two together , Clark contemplates devoting his life to her and giving up his superhuman persona permanently. After replacing Richard Donner at the helm, who had shot a good chunk of the movie and decades later released his own version of the film, Richard Lester’s follow-up is not as complete as its predecessor but still a lot of fun with a very silly/hokey, romantic, and action packed treatment.
*** out of ****