- 2 hr 7 min
Superman II is the second in a series of Superman movies starring Christopher Reeve as Superman/Clark Kent, Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, and Gene Hackman as Lex Luther. This movie was directed by Richard Lester and is approximately two hours long. This film starts with Lois Lane covering a bomb story in France. Clark Kent rushes from the Daily Planet as Superman and finds Lois on the bottom of an elevator with a bomb inside. After getting Lois to safety, Superman carries the bomb into space where it explodes. At the same time, floating in space is a dimensional prison with three convicted criminals of the planet Krypton. General Zod, Ursa and Non were all sentenced and imprisoned by Superman's father Jor-el. When the bomb Superman puts into space explodes, the three criminals are set free. Back on earth, Lois and Clark are assigned to a story in Niagara Falls. When a boy falls over the falls and Superman comes to his rescue, Lois realizes every time Clark disappears, Superman shows up. Trying to prove that Clark is Superman, Lois throws herself into the falls. Clark attempts to keep his secret by helping Lois without turning into Superman. Back at the hotel, Clark exposes his secret to Lois. Lois confesses that she is in love with him. Clark takes her to his ice home, The Fortress of Solitude, and explains to Lois who he is and where he comes from. Here they explore their love for each other, and Clark gives up his powers to be a mortal man so that he can have a life with Lois. Meanwhile Zod and his associates come to earth and start to destroy the planet. They plan to rule the world until Lex Luthor tells them about Superman. Wanting revenge on Jor-El's son, they challenge Superman to a fight and take Lois and Luthor to the ice fortress. Once there, Superman tricks them into losing their powers. After destroying the three criminals, Superman takes Lex to jail and returns Lois home. At work, Clark, unable to handle how hurt Lois is because they can't be together, erases her memories of what happened, and life continues as normal.