It's really cool to see that Zod is going to be in the new Superman film, but his inclusion led me through the Wikipedia wormhole to Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut. I knew Donner had a falling out with his producers before Superman II and was subsequently booted, but I didn't realize the extent to which the film had been changed, nor that a Donner version has since been released.
It's wild because the original Superman II is easily my favorite among the older superhero movies. It's probably my second favorite all-time (sandwiched between Batman Begins and Spiderman.) But apparently fans have long thought it was an inferior film. I'm ordering the Donner version today. Can't wait to see it.
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