From director swaps to different endings, here are 13 facts about the making of Superman II. Much of Superman II was shot alongside Superman: The Movie. In improvised backstory convinced Terence Stamp to sign on to play General Zod in Superman II. In the course of their conversation, Donner attempted to assert more control over Superman II, to the point that he issued what amounted to an ultimatum: If producer Pierre Spengler was returning to finish Superman II, then Donner wouldn't be part of it. Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut was released on home video in November of 2006.