Superman II

Superman II (1980)

34 corrected entries

Corrected entry: How does Lex know Superman and Lois are in a relationship? He wasn't around for any of their intimate moments and the only time he could know about the both of them was her interview with Sup in the first film. Other than that how does he know they are a couple?

Correction: He could be inferring from the tone of the article and the fact that Superman shows up to save Lois a lot, even flying to Paris to rescue her at the Eiffel Tower.

Captain Defenestrator

Corrected entry: As Clark leaves to get hot dogs and orange juice for Lois, there's a wide shot of the observation area, and the kid in the red and white striped shirt is nowhere to be seen. In the close up, the kid is suddenly fooling around on the railing.

Movie Nut

Correction: The kid's parents are in front of him, blocking the view of him playing on the rail from the wide shot.

Corrected entry: Superman takes the sewer lid off his tummy and faces the left side of the car. When the angle changes he's facing the back side of the car, 90° different to the position he was in the previous angle.

Correction: When he lands in the car on his back, you see him roll over (to his left) and get on his knees before the next shot, which is him on his knees facing the back of the car in the same position as the previous shot.


Corrected entry: Non is launched towards the Empire State with his back to it, in the close-up of him crashing against the antenna he's facing forwards.


Correction: While he does go flying to the building with his back to it, he hits the antenna with his back. He never changes position or direction.


Corrected entry: In the Richard Donner Cut, in the scene where Lois shoots Clark in the hotel, Clark's hair keeps changing style between shots.


Correction: This scene is made using footage from several auditions. It was never intended to be a finished movie-scene but was used to help fans see how Richard Donner wanted Superman II to be like. That's the whole point of the Donner cut: Replacing the missing bits with outtakes, auditions and whatever scrap material is available as long as people have an idea of how the movie would have looked like had Donner [instead of Richard Lester] finished it.


Corrected entry: Marlon Brando was offered the opportunity to reprise his role as Jor-El from the first film, but he was unwilling to reprise his role for this film. As a result, we only see his hand at the beginning of Superman II, and we see only Superman's mom in the recap footage from Superman. Later in the movie, we only see Superman's mom in the crystal recordings for the same reason.

Correction: Marlon Brando had already shot all of his scenes for Superman II. Since Superman 1 & 2 were shot back to back, they had him do all his scenes at once because he was only available for a short amount of time. However, when Lester took over as director, the studio didn't want to pay Brando the high price to put those scenes in, so they were cut. The scenes were later put back in for the Richard Donner cut released on DVD.


Corrected entry: Shortly after landing on Earth Ursa picks up a snake which bites her. In obvious pain (since she has never seen a snake and therefore would not expect a snakebite to hurt) - she throws the snake to the ground and lights it on fire with her eyes. However, once on Earth Ursa has the same powers as Superman and since a snake could not hurt Superman, why can it hurt her?

Correction: Kryptonians derive their power from the rays of our yellow sun and Ursa hasn't been on Earth for very long. While certainly more powerful than an ordinary human, she hasn't quite reached full invulnerability at this point.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: In Superman The Movie. Marlon Brando banished the three (Zod,Ursa,and Non) to the Phantom Zone. Meanwhile Kal-El is launched to earth. Why does Kal-El age roughly 5 years during his journey,and then 13 more as a teenager,then 12 more. The three Kryptonian prisoners didn't age.


Correction: This is a question, not a mistake. The properties of the phantom zone are never fully explained in the films. But dialogue in both films explains that the villains were sentenced "for all eternity." Which suggests that time has no meaning in the phantom zone... so they wouldn't age.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: During the street battle Superman throws Zod into the Coke sign, but it explodes before he even hits it.

Correction: The scene takes place so fast that it gives that feeling, but if you watch it in slo-mo you'll notice that Zod's leg touches the neon, which creates a small short circuit explosion that ends up affecting the whole sign, resulting in a bigger explosion.


Corrected entry: After Clark Kent learns about Zod in the diner and after he was beaten up by that guy in the diner, he realizes that he must get his powers back. So, he walks all the way from the diner to the Fortress of Solitude, a distance of several thousand miles. With no food, no water, no transportation, no money, and just a coat, he manages to walk through miles of snow, ice, and freezing cold to get to the Fortress of Solitude. How does he do this? I don't think any human being could pull this off, and at this stage that's just what he is.

Correction: It is never revealed where the Fortress of Solitude is or how far it is to the nearest town; it is obviously not "several thousand miles". They also don't show his preparation for the trip. He could have gotten as much food as he could carry from the diner and hitched a ride as far north as possible. If Clark and Lois can make it to the diner then Clark can obviously make it back.


Corrected entry: During the scene in East Houston, Idaho, when the three phantom zone criminals are terrorizing the small town, there are several vehicles that are seen as random vehicles about town. Specifically there is a white 1970 Mustang hardtop, a blue 71 Mustang hardtop, a white 71 Mustang fastback, a red 1972 LTD and a brown and gold two-tone 1970 Javelin. Each of these vehicles is then later seen in the 'Metropolis' street scene when Superman is fighting the three criminals. In addition, the red LTD looks suspiciously like the red LTD that Lois drove in the finale of the first 'Superman' movie.

Correction: All of these cars/colors were common in the time periods the movies take place in.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: When the H-bomb explodes in space, you can see the explosion happen behind the intact bomb, instead of originating from it.

Correction: No, we see the explosion begin on the opposite side of the elevator. Remember, we're not looking at the bomb, we're looking at the elevator car that holds the bomb.

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: When Clark trips and falls into the fire, his hand is uninjured, thus revealing to Lois that he's Superman. But his normal, regular glasses fall in also, and they're not damaged at all.

Correction: I've done that (with the glasses, not the hand) and mine were just fine.


Corrected entry: In the scenes where Superman is flying - if the camera(s) get too close to Superman (Christopher Reeve), you can actually see the strings which are holding him up in the air.

Correction: This is too vague. There are many flying scenes where wires aren't visible at all because a chroma was used. The trick is to point out where exactly you've seen them.


Corrected entry: When the 3 kryptonians leave the Moon, Non throws the 2 flags in the space module. Note that the gravity works normally when the flags fall, like it does on Earth.

Correction: That's because he's adding kinetic energy to the flags by throwing them.


Corrected entry: In the beginning of the movie, Clark Kent is hit by a taxi cab when crossing the street. The taxi cab is severely damaged in the front, but Clark keeps walking across the street. Look at the damage made on the cab. Where's the damage on Clark's suit or pants? The material used in his working suit must have been as strong as the material used in his Superman suit.

Correction: It has been stated before that any object within several millimetres of Clark's skin is protected by his invulnerability. For the full article go here:

Corrected entry: When Superman is flying Lois Lane to his icy fortress, she has nothing but the clothes she is wearing. Later in that scene, she lifts a handbag and tells Superman she is going to change. Where did the bag come from?

Correction: Lois has the bag tucked under her left arm when she and Superman first land at the Fortress, so it was probably just obscured when she was holding onto Superman for the flight.


Corrected entry: Just after Lois grabs the branch in the river, she is upstream of the branch in one shot, and downstream the next. In these same two shots, the branch goes from being perpendicular to the water's flow to being parallel to it.


Correction: Logs float in water, and are subject to move around quite a bit in water in a short amount of time, especially in such violent, rapid flowing water.


Corrected entry: Watch the yellow cab when Superman destroys the wall that Zod throws at him. It is already damaged from the falling debris before the wall touches it. Not to mention the wall blows up as if it had some type of combustible substance on it.

Correction: This is the cab that Clark damaged when it ran into him at the start of the film (see a previous correction). Superman's heat vision has all sorts of weird and wonderful effects on things.

Corrected entry: It seems strange that it is business as usual when there are so many explosions, let alone it is night time and everyone is wearing business attire.

Correction: Everyone is sticking around to watch Superman and the 3 Villains duke it out. Of course in a big city there will be people wearing business attire at that time of night. Furthermore, no-one at all is carrying on without noticing the explosions, everyone is panicked and running.

Corrected entry: In the beginning of the movie, Clark Kent is hit by a taxi cab when crossing the street. The taxi cub is severely damaged in the front, but Clark Kent keeps walking across the street. No one, except the taxi driver, seems to notice this ... not even Lois Lane. How is that possible?. (Later on in the movie, Lois doesn't even see the connection between this incident and the fact that Clark is Superman.)

Correction: Lois doesn't see the taxi hit him and simply thinks it stopped abruptly to avoid hitting him. The driver is stunned by the abrupt stop and would certainly see the damage after he got out. Clark keeps walking so nobody draws the connection between him and the damaged taxi. The scene is also the director's way of showing just how people in a busy big city tend to not notice things that happen right in front of them.

Corrected entry: When Superman goes into the chamber at the fortress to lose his powers he looks like he is in agony yet when he tricks the villains at the end they don't respond the same way. Shouldn't they have been in pain too?

Correction: Superman is not in pain, but feeling anguish over the fact that he's decided to give up his powers. The expression on his face is of emotional pain, not physical pain.

Corrected entry: I always find it comical that Ursa reacts with pain when the snake bites her at the lake. The snake should've broken its teeth on Ursa, who would've felt nothing.

Correction: Ursa is still getting used to her powers. She reacts like that because she still expects it to hurt. How many times do we say "Ouch!" when it doesn't really hurt at all? Not to mention her possible surprise at the sudden attack by the snake.

Damian Torres

Corrected entry: In the scene at the Fortress of Solitude near the end, Lex Luthor mentions that Superman was safe in the chamber while the lights were on out of the chamber. How would he know, since Lois was the one to see Superman give up his powers for her by entering the chamber earlier in the movie?

Correction: Lex figured it out when Superman exited the chamber and broke General Zods hand. He even said "He switched it. He did to them. The lights were on out here, while he was safe in there."

Mister Ed

Corrected entry: In the first film Clark had to spend twelve years honing his powers so he could use them properly. In this one the villains are released and manage to master them instantly.

Correction: Its not that he had to master his powers, his earth father was always on him about keeping it a secret. He mentions that if people knew what he was capable of they would take him away. Member his father says "you were showing off again". Meaning he was kind of testing what he could get away with.

Corrected entry: The kid that begs General Zod to "let my daddy down" is speaking with an obvious British accent, despite the fact that the scene is set in Idaho.

Correction: There is no reason why a British kid cant live in Idaho, or be visiting.

Corrected entry: We see from the first film that Superman can fly at pratically limitless speed and indeed when Lois Lane dies he flies out into space a circulates the Earth several times in seconds. Therefore, why in the sequel does it take him so long to get to Paris to stop the bomb?

Correction: Since there is no air in space Superman was able to move at a limitless speed. Since there is air on earth, Superman would have to go against a little wind resistance. This is explained in the correction section for the first Superman movie.

Corrected entry: Near the end, at the Fortress of Solitude, when Lex Luthor "betrays" Superman by telling General Zod about the molecule chamber, he then tells the General "...that crystal over there activates the mechanism." How did Luthor know this? Superman did not tell him.


Correction: Because Lex Luthor had already been to the fortress earlier in the film and already figured out how to work the crystal activation mechanism.

Gavin Jackson

Corrected entry: when Clark saves Lois from drowning in the river he uses his laser vision, but he doesn't remove his glasses, so shouldn't his glasses have melted?

Correction: It seems that in the movies (all of them, I believe) it's not a problem. His laser may go through his glasses. But in the Tv series 'Lois and Clark', that is not the case. Clark removes his glasses every single time. It's just a matter of what you are watching and what 'rules' have been made.

Corrected entry: Ms. Teschmacher comes to rescue Lex Luther and Otis from prison. That's okay, except that in the first movie, Lex accidentally shot a missile at Hackensack, New Jersey. When Ms. Teschmacher informs him that she has family in Hackensack, he just looks at his watch, shakes his head, and walks away. In other words, he doesn't care if her family lives or not. (That's why she saves Superman in part I.) Why, after the disloyalty of Lex, would she come back to rescue him from prison in Superman II?

Correction: Definitely not a plot hole; possibly just a character flaw. In the first movie we learn that Valerie Perrine's character is hopelessly in love with Luthor, despite his vile actions. And, who knows what took place between the two movies? There could easily have been a reconciliation between the two while Luthor was in prison.

Corrected entry: In "Superman", it shows that Superman's mom gave the baby to Jor-El and he placed Superman in the ship, But at the start of "Superman 2" when it shows flash backs of the first movie, it shows his mom putting him in the ship.

Correction: We do not actually see his mother put him in the ship, she is just crying over him. Since Brando prevented any of his footage from 'Superman' from being used in this movie, they had to edit the clips so that we didn't see him. The clip shown was actually in 'Superman', they just left out anything with his father.

Corrected entry: When fighting the villains at the Fortress of Solitude, Superman makes duplicates of himself that appear and disappear. He says that he likes this game, and used to play it as a boy. Since he was sent to Earth as a baby and there were none like him on Earth, who did he play it with?


Correction: Superman didn't say he played the game 'as a boy', he said 'at school'. He was actually making a light hearted throwaway comment. This is obvious when you consider that the Fortress, which is generating the images, was not built until he was 18 so he's not telling a genuine childhood anecdote.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: When Superman gives up his powers at the fortress of solitude, how do he and Lois get the car to go to the diner without freezing their butts off?

Correction: If he was planning to give up his powers, then he obviously thought it out first. I imagine he planned ahead and brought parkas.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: When Superman breaks General Zod's hand and picks him up with one hand, you can see a sweat stain under his arm.

Correction: Superman sweats. I would think he would be a little nervous about trying to trick the super villains into losing their powers.

Grumpy Scot



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