What is it about? This is a COMPLETELY re-built version of Superman II using the best elements from both movies with a whole new opening credit sequence and many, many changes and edits.
tagline: You’ll believe a sequel can fly!
original film name: Superman II; The Richard Donner Cut
new film name : Superman II: The RKS Edition
film studio name : WB
edit crew name : RKS (Red Krypton Son)
Date Original Film Was Released : 2006
Date Edit Was Released : Feb 2008
Original Runtime : 115 mins
New Runtime : 136 mins
Amount of time Cut/Added : Added 25 mins, cut many minor things
Cuts removed/added/extended :
After the disappointing release of The Richard Donner Cut many fans have decided to make their own movie using elements from the original theatrical release as well as the Donner Cut.
Unlike many other fan cutters of this movie I have attempted to edit a movie that simply tells a logical and more exciting story that will appeal to a broader audience rather than being made for any one individuals taste. The original theatrical release was a bit too jokey (Richard Lester’s fondness for slapstick had far too much influence on the story) and Donner’s version was woefully incomplete due to him being fired from the original shoot.
This is a COMPLETELY re-built version of Superman II using the best elements from both movies with a whole new opening credit sequence and many, many changes and edits.
Here is a rundown of how this new version plays:
LC (Lester Cut) DC (Donner Cut)
Original Red WB logo
LC space into DC kryptonian trial
STM re-cap using DC credits (brando holds a green crystal instead!) Opening credits end with PZ floating in space & fade into DC earth zoom
DC daily planet up to Lois whistling at her ‘discovery’ (no jumping out the window etc.) we see the start of her suspecting Clark is Superman
DC lex in prison with LC “life plus 25” dubbed in….coz its better!
LC daily planet up to “that’s why they call them terrorists”
New paris sequence part 1 showing the terrorists etc just to set the scene
LC Clark exiting daily planet to alleyway change (re-scored with music from STM)
New paris part 2, Lois climbing tower, Superman arrives a bit quicker now! Music plays all the way through.
LC lift into space with close up of Supes watching the lift fly off (taken from STM but substituted missile for lift)
DC villains release ending with LC villains flying to moon
LC/DC moon encounter with thorne/Williams music
LC intro to prison then DC lex’s escape plus Lex’s balloon flying over the wall
DC honeymoon haven intro then LC room interior minus vibrating bed
LC/DC mix for Lex to fortress and fortress interior. I have done many things to this scene but it ends more like the RIC (and there is no toilet flush) I have also included an extra scene trying to show some of ‘Zod’s insurrection’ as part of Jor-el’s tutorial
DC Lois/Clark (gorgeous, gorgeous!) but when Lois sees Clark without glasses we see a close up of her smirking (concluding somewhat her earlier suspicion of Clark is Superman.)
DC boy rescue minus “he’s jewish”
LC Lois and Clark (where were you?)
DC villains arrive (no Houston or strange surface talk) DC snake
LC lois jumps in water but trimmed dialogue so that she goes straight into her accusation speech, cut Clark dialogue screeching “oh god!”…twice, why?? He surely has switched into rescue mode, it would be his instinct, so why flap like a normal person would do?
LC lois and clark and YES….. the pink bear (sorry to all who it offends!) but it just works and its well acted
DC/LC police (no skunk sweat) music all the way through, I have tried to end this scene with a bit more of an ominous tone
DC flight to fortress with thorne music
LC east Houston re-cut to make the tone more menacing (no arm wrestling, no finger beams)
LC Supes and lois, shopping etc
DC TV guy but no “planet Houston” from Zod, an insert of the president watching this, we see ZOD on TV and TV guy mentioning that there are gunships on their way. (This shows that the whitehouse is aware there is danger here so they are going in guns blazing. Also some time has passed before the army arrive, they just don’t show up anymore.)
LC Supes & lois having dinner
DC TV guy cut with LC street battle, insert again of president watching on TV
DC helicopter battle, re-cut so that the gunships fire a couple more times and Ursa starts to walk forward at the right time. (Initially she is stood still, then a long shot shows her walking, then she is stood still again!!)
DC de-powering with LC close-ups of lois and closer chamber shots of Reeve, jor-el fades from view, ending with LC clark and lois
LC “I am general ZOD”re-cut for a more global TV audience feel, unfortunately no CGI!! Re-cut villains destroying Mt Rushmore & the Washington monument cut with LC lois & clark
DC attack on whitehouse
DC diner scene, fade to LC clark to fortress with exterior shot of the fortress glowing green slightly
DC re-powering, lighting changed to make it more like LC and reeve’s voice lowered so he doesn’t sound so ‘whiney’. Re-cut jor-el touching clarks shoulder we see a fading hand and a fading jor-el slowly disappearing into the background rather than ‘sliding off the screen’ like in the DC. No ‘jerky’ close-ups
LC lex at whitehouse with DC mixed in
LC daily planet intercut with DC villains trash the office (“use a door knob” back in)
Re-cut Superman returning to metropolis, with LC/DC mix
LC start of battle then DC “you are a fool” onwards.
Re-cut ZOD blowing up cars (he faces the right way ALL of the time now.) Zod begins to heat up the tanker THEN Superman sees it and flies in. Previously its like he guesses Zod is about to hit the tanker
DC ‘blowing away’ the streets of metropolis (minus the guy on rollerskates!)
DC villains return to daily planet plus LC “the three of us will crush the son of our jailor” and “lets take his favourite”
LC/DC villains flying to fortress
DC villains fly into fortress and villains/superman encounter
LC close-ups of de-powering cut with DC exterior of villains watching
DC picture with LC soundtrack for this sequence, LC close-up grabbing Zod’s belt, DC Superman lifting Zod etc, LC Lex figuring out what has happened, re-sequenced close-up of Ursa watching what is happening.
LC “too late luthor!” much more aggressive take as opposed to the smirky DC version
LC Lex ”got a proposition” then arctic police sequence with ‘smallville strongboy’ cut out
DC destroy fortress and return to metropolis
LC zoom out from Lois’s apartment then LC daily planet
LC kiss memory wipe but used music from STM when Supes finds Lois dead, so this links the two movies in a subtle way, Supes is changing her life again!!
Fade out to a dawn sequence fading into a metropolis cityscape to show a transition of time
DC daily planet “north pole!” etc
LC diner and flag ending with MOVING FOUNTAINS!
LC fly over the earth (its longer AND better)
DC fly by then DC credits minus the Donner fur and cigarettes apology (noble sentiment but do me a favour, this is a Superman movie not an eco-friendly, animal rights film)
End title card against space background stating simply “Superman will return”
Static black warner logo
2.35:1 PAL Anamorphic.
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