It seems a bit harsh to blame this one on Donner, if that's right.
I just don't understand this
It's the Donner Cut
He was involved. How much hands-on involvement did he have? Maybe not much. But then again, I don't believe that directors are as hands-on as they used to be or even could be, particularity with post production and editing. Remember, Lucas biked from the stage to the editing room to ILM every day during Star Wars
and had to wear himself out to get the film done.. I don't hear any stories like that in the 2000's.
But Donner had his name on it
. He left commentary on the movie about all the ways he obliged to use bits of Lester's footage because he had
to, and coming across like an arrogant snot
in the process, and then WB slapped in a DVD case with a cool cover (which is the best part of of the Donner Cut)
and managed to convince a small group of vocal Superman fans that this is what they were waiting for.