Donner's second chance with 'Superman'

HOLLYWOOD — Richard Donner‘s “Superman II” received its world preem Thursday — almost 30 years after shooting began.

Helmer shot “Superman” and its sequel back to back but was fired before the latter was finished. Pic was reshot by “A Hard Day’s Night” helmer Richard Lester, but in the wake of a groundswell movement among Internet fans, Donner was given an opportunity to finish what he started.

“Do I feel vindicated? No. I’m not angry anymore,” Donner said. “Except with the producers. And except with the studio.”

DGA screening featured “Superman” alum from all film versions and was followed by a Q&A with Donner, cast and crew. Thesp Margot Kidder was late taking the stage, busy powdering her nose.

“It’s not the ’70s — we weren’t doing anything in the bathroom,” she said. “I think this is much better than the Lester version they put out. And everyone in the bathroom agrees.”

Also mingling at the pre-screening reception were alumni from the various incarnations of “Superman”: Bryan Singer, Brandon Routh, Ilya Salkind, Sarah Douglas, Jack O’Halloran, Marc McClure, Noel Neill, Michael Thau, Tom Mankiewicz and Sam Huntington.

For more on the DGA screening, check out our blog Bags and Boards.

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