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Nonetheless, fans continued to campaign for the film such as Birmingham native Dharmesh Chauhan who launched his website, supermancinema.co.uk, in which he petitioned for a release of the Richard Donner cut. In June 2004, Margot Kidder said in an interview for Starlog that "There's a whole other Superman II in a vault somewhere, with scenes of Chris and me that have never seen the light of day. It's far better than the one that was released." The Planet of the Apes fansite TheForbidden-Zone.com launched an Internet campaign demanding Warner Bros. to allow Donner to release his version of Superman II in conjunction with the film's 25th anniversary. On June 19, 2004, the studio responded with the statement, "Warner Home Video is supportive of an extended version of Superman II on DVD. However, there are complex legal issues that need to be resolved before the film can be re-released. Warner Home Video is presently addressing those issues."
The Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut
In addition, many fans have been critical of the fact that Mr. Thau did not produce an expensive visual effects sequence using computer generated images (CGI) to create a "villains-rule-the-world-scene." This scene, which has the villains destroying monuments around the world, was not photographed by Donner before he was fired. Thau, in an interview published on www.supermancinema.co.uk justified the decision based on the amount of footage that would need to be created in CGI. He said "We're talking about creating villains. We're talking about I don't know how much footage ... new footage .. of three villains."