Great Movie Scenes: General Zod Gets His Comeuppance in “Superman II”

It may be true that the word “legendary” is thrown around far too casually in today’s day and age, but some public figures absolutely deserve being called it. One such individual is the great Terence Stamp, who turns 80 today. With a career that has featured roles in productions as diverse as Billy Budd, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and The Limey, the English actor has won acclaim across the globe.

Stamp’s best-known role is that of the villainous General Zod in Superman: The Movie and Superman II — the latter of which brings us to today’s installment of Great Movie Scenes!

Spoilers follow!

At the end of Superman II, the Man of Steel uses Lex Luthor’s duplicitous ways against him and tricks the Kryptonian villains by taking their powers away while they think they are getting him to give up his abilities. It’s one of the great cinematic switcheroos of our time, one that is just made all the more entertaining by the overflowing acting talent of everyone featured in the production. Take a look:

I still get chills every time I see that. So here’s wishing a very happy and healthy birthday to Terence Stamp, the man who is General Zod…and so much more!