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DIRECTOR: Richard Lester

May Contain Spoilers!

The last Superman movie to be produced my the Salkinds, with Supergirl (1984) ending their relationship once and for all, Superman III was let off the leash as it were and Christopher Reeve shed many of the tropes from the previous two films, whether directed by Richard Donner or not. But Richard Lester, of Superman II (Theatrical Version) was back, now free to bring his over the top sense of slapstick humour to the franchise in earnest.

This is where Superman’s third outing went wrong. Opening with a credits sequence set over a well choreographed slapstick sequence, which leads to the Man Of Steel’s entrance, sets the film’s tone, but in all fairness, if you take that down a notch, there’s more to Superman III than first appears.

Gone is Lex Luthor and in is Robert Vaughn’s (The Man From…

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