By Steve Simels
Updated July 06, 1990 at 04:00 AM EDT

Christopher Reeve’s first go-round as the Man of Steel was undeniably entertaining, but under Richard Donner’s direction it veered all over the stylistic map from biblical-epic solemnity to outright slapstick. On the other hand, Superman II, directed by A Hard Day’s Night auteur Richard Lester, hit just the right comic-book note from the very first frame. And it has two major advantages over the first Superman: an incredible fight scene with Kryptonian villains tossing buses around like paper airplanes, and no reprise of that go-awful love ballad (”Can You Read My Mind”) from the original. A

Superman II

  • Movie
  • PG
  • 127 minutes
  • Richard Lester