A very skillfully edited edition of the first outing for the man of steel, and it's astonishing to think with a little more paitence, the Salkinds and Donner could have delivered a movie which felt a lot more focused and more in-keeping with the kind of groundedness Donner was aiming for in these movies. There's more of a reality to this cut, no silly indulgences into silver age comic book tomfoolery, no shock value death, no time twisting, no weird costume change in mid-air, and the best thing was how easy it is to remove the sequel hook of the three Phantom Zone criminals, allowing Jor-El to ease back into his more traditional role as a desperate scientist rather than some cladestine proesecutor. For anyone wanting a nice smooth done-in-one telling of the Superman mythos, this edit is highly recommended. A great yarn.
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Owner's replyMay 12, 2014
Thank you Zarius! I've been sitting on this edit in my mind since long before discovering FanEdit.org. While Superman II was more about action and the romance, Superman I to me should've been about the relationship between Jor-El and Kal, Clark and his adoptive parents, and Superman and Lois. There is a lot of heart to this movie and it was bogged down by a lot of silliness. I chuckled when you mentioned this as being more grounded in the way Donner wanted because I thought about how grounded MOS was supposed to be and that certainly didn't turn out as planned. Regardless, I'm glad you enjoyed the story I've been wanting to see told for a long time. Thank you for taking the time to review!