Appreciation for Superman 2

This afternoon one of the two highly-skilled people working on my flat glanced at my dvd collection and said something like:

Is that the Richard Donner cut of Superman 2?

I blinked. I’d come to the conclusion that nobody is interested in the Richard Donner cut of Superman 2, much less has heard of it already. I’ve tried explaining it to people, but they just don’t care. And they should: it is a whole new version of Superman 2! It has a different ending! It fundamentally changes the nature of the first two films! It incorporates clips from the actors’ screen tests in order to tell the story differently! There is fascinating real-life backstory involving underhandedness and betrayal! Nevertheless, despite my best efforts most people just nod politely and steer the conversation onto the price of cheese in Bolivia / Other Boring Things.

Until today. Not only had he heard of the Richard Donner cut of Superman 2, but he was interested in talking about it! I then had to admit to not having watched it yet, despite having received it for Christmas. Ahem.

I’m glad it’s not just me 🙂