July 24, 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the theatrical release of Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. On today’s show, we look back on the film that marked the final appearance of Christopher Reeve as Clark Kent and Superman.
- Released July 24, 1987
- Was made for $17M while the 1978 film had a budget of $55M
- Box Office Superman ($300 million) Superman IV ($36.7 million)
- The first 3 films were produced by Alexander and Ilya Salkind, this was produced by Cannon Films
- Directed by Sidney J Furie
- Christopher Reeve received a story credit
- So much 80s
- Something like 45 minutes of deleted scenes, including the 1st Nuclear Man
- The US and Soviet Union are about to have nuclear war.
- Superman is convinced by a letter from a kid that this is bad.
- Goes to the UN, convinces everyone to launch their nukes into space into his giant net and he’ll throw them into the sun.
- Lenny and Lex Luthor steal some of Superman’s hair, attach it to a US rocket.
- The hair turns into “Nuclear Man” when the rocket is thrown into the Sun.
- Nuclear Man and Superman fight, he scratches Superman and he gets radiation poisoning
- Superman heals himself with the Kryptonian energy module.
- He locks Nuclear Man in an elevator, puts him on the other side of the moon (Nuclear Man needs sunlight), but he escapes.
- Superman and Nuclear Man fight again, Superman ends up driven into the moon.
- Superman moves the moon to create an eclipse, so that Nuclear Man can be defeated by being thrown into a nuclear power plant.
- Perry White gets the Daily Planet back.
- Superman catches Lenny and Lex.
- The End
- The budget/effects
- Long Credits (nearly 3 minutes) – padding run time?
- Lacy’s clothes (shoulder pads)
- The security around Superman’s hair
- Nuclear Man
- Why use an original villain?
- Superman flying Lois around
- The US’ security around their nuclear bombs
- Special wall rebuilding eye powers?
- Lacy (normal human) in outer space is fine.
- The ending is so rushed
- Christopher Reeve
- “Why are there no air travel expenses for you Mr Kent.”
- Newspapers have been in trouble since the 1980s
- Working out
- Double Date
- Nuclear man flying through the floors of the building looked somewhat cool
- Superman’s speech at the end:
- “And there will be peace – there will be peace when the people of this world want it so badly that their governments will have no choice but to give it to them. I just wish you could all see the Earth the way that I see it. Because when you really look at it, it’s just one world.”
- “I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
- Overview Effect
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