Superman IV: The Quest For Peace (1987)


“He gets his energy from the sun. Without it, he’s like you at night – useless. ” – Lex Luthor

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (Cable in the 80’s and 19 Jun 2017)

Brief Synopsis – As Superman attempts to rid Earth of Nuclear weapons, Lex Luther creates a being to try and stop the man of Steel.

My Take on it – This film was suppose to take the superhero genre to another level and in a way it did.

Unfortunately instead of showing the public another great story about someone with superpowers fighting evil, it was able to bury the franchise for 19 years until it could be revitalized by Bryan Singer.

The story is extremely silly and makes very little sense.

It was nice tho to see Christopher Reeve one last time donning the tights and cape.

The idea to turn this franchise from a superhero action film to a superhero social action film was a poor decision because it just isn’t as interesting and exciting as it should be.

Gene Hackman also returns once again as Lex Luthor and unfortunately, his diabolical character feels too tame here and it seems as if maybe they decided to somehow neuter the character and all traces of a mastermind criminal are gone.

Once again, it’s really no wonder that this franchise needed a very long hiatus after this debacle.

Bottom Line – Worst of the entire franchise because the story is too silly.  Nice to see Reeve don the tights once again, but the story deals too much with a social issues instead of the usual fight between good and evil. Even Hackman’s Luthor feels neutered here and doesn’t show how he can be considered a mastermind criminal.  No wonder that the franchise needed a 19 year break after this one

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Marc McClure, having appeared as Jimmy Olsen in the past three Superman films (Superman (1978), Superman II (1980), and Superman III (1983)) and Supergirl (1984) is the first actor to have played the same comic book character in five films. Although this record would be tied many times (Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in X-Men: First Class (2011), Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in The Avengers (2012), and Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man in Iron Man 3 (2013)), it would not be surpassed until Jackman played Wolverine for a sixth time in The Wolverine (2013), released nearly 26 years after this film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy

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