Two longer versions have been released since the original... one on ABC in 1981 at approx. 182 minutes, and the other on KCOP in Los Angeles in 1994 at approx. 188 minutes. Both contain footage and music not used in the theatrical version, including extensions of the destruction of Krypton, Smallville, Fortress of Solitude, Daily Planet, and earthquake scenes.
In a 1980's ABC-TV version of the film, when Superman is trying to get to Lex's underground hideout, he is subjected to machine gun fire, a giant blow torch, and is frozen in ice. Much of this footage was used in Superman II, in the scene where Superman's powers are stripped away by the molecule chamber in the Fortress of Solitude. Lex Luthor plays the piano in several scenes.
In the ABC version, after Superman saves Lois at the end and flies off, he's seen rescuing Miss Tessmacher from the lions' den where Lex had dropped her in.
In the ABC version Superman stops the flood flowing from a broken dam with a large boulder... the water flows into a desert-like community that runs out and plays and shouts for joy.
Only in the ABC version are young Lois Lane and her father seen in the train. In the ABC version, Ned Beatty's walk down the street is longer.
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