Buy Superman IV - The Quest for Peace
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace is a 1987 superhero
film, the last of the Superman theatrical movies starring Christopher
Reeve as the Man of Steel. In this film, Superman battled Lex Luthor
(Gene Hackman) and his creation, a solar-powered evil clone of Superman
called Nuclear Man.
Unlike the previous three movies, which were produced by Alexander and
Ilya Salkind, the fourth movie was produced by Golan-Globus's Cannon
Films, in association with Warner Bros.
The deleted footage on the Special Edition DVD
* Clark having a nightmare involving the destruction of the planet
Krypton when he was a baby. This included a voiceover by an uncredited
actor who was supposed to play Jor-El, which was established by Marlon
Brando in the first film. Due to the low budget and freefall into
bankruptcy by Cannon Films, Marlon was not asked to return. Clark then
wakes up late with a recorded telephone message from Lois telling him to
get to work. A neighbor then greets Clark outside his apartment with her
pet dog Godzilla tugging forcefully at Clarks' morning newspaper.
* Jeremy about to write his letter to Superman via The Daily Planet. In
the theatrical cut, the schoolgirl that taunts him says "He doesn't even
know what's going on." This was dubbed for the release. In this
workprint, she really says "He's so spaced out, he wouldn't even
* Superman answering Jeremy's letter in person at his School. Notice
this was supposed to be a day or so later due to the delivery of the
letter and all the school kids are in the same casual clothing as the
day Jeremy first writes the letter.
* The creation of the failed Nuclear Man prototype with scenes of
deflecting bullets, breaking an iron bar and unsuccessful flying
abilities. The photo Lex shows the prototype of Superman was taken from
the publicity stills department at Cannon Films as the shot of
Christopher Reeve was taken at the end of the picture at the Prison
Quarry where Superman tells Lex how he defeated the second Nuclear Man.
* A fight with Superman and the Nuclear Man prototype ensues outside The
Metro Club. This ends in the destruction of the prototype being thrown
into a electronic tower and is zapped into ashes. This features a
product placement of Burger King in the background, which never had
publicity in the theatrical cut.
* Lenny bringing Lex the black ashed remains of the prototype and
explaining his plan of baking the remains in the core of the sun to one
of his female colleagues. He kept the remains in a dustbuster during
* An extended flying sequence with Superman and Lois with more aerial
footage and Lois flying past Thailand not featured in the theatrical
* Extended footage of the "Around The World" fight sequence with
Superman and Nuclear Man. The footage featured on the DVD is the tornado
destruction in Smallville, with Superman saving a little girl, played by
Christopher Reeve's real-life daughter Alex. (On the international VHS/LaserDisc
and U.S. syndicated television releases, this footage is included in its
entirety with finished music, visual, and sound effects).
* The attempted launch of a nuclear missile by Nuclear Man in Red
Square, Russia. Superman is then punched into the clouds by Nuclear Man
after he stops the missile. (On the international VHS/LaserDisc and U.S.
syndicated television releases, this footage is included in its entirety
with finished music, visual, and sound effects.)
* Lex's rise to power with his nuclear scheme. He convincingly
negotiates with the armies to keep their missiles in standby due to the
defeat of Superman by the second Nuclear Man. He makes a fortune from
this plan which is shown in the final cut with the stacks of cash in his
* Extra footage of Clark's rapid ageing due to the scratch caused by
Nuclear Man in the middle of the film.
* A subplot which was not in the theatrical film regarding Nuclear Man's
desire to destroy all mankind and return for Lacy, whom he has fallen
for which was not mentioned in either the deleted scenes on the DVD or
the theatrical cut. Superman also makes an appearance here and uses Lacy
as a diversion to stop Nuclear Man. Lex and Lenny also feature
prominently in the deleted footage.
* An extra scene of Nuclear Man coming back for Lacy in the Metropolis
Tower, where she was originally hiding. This scene was supposed to take
place after the fight between Nuclear Man and Superman on the moon.
* A farewell scene between Lacy and Clark, where he shares his very
first kiss with someone other than Lois in the series.
* An alternative ending where Superman takes Jeremy up into space to
show him that the planet is "One World." Also featured are the
astronauts, waving to Superman and Jeremy, who appeared at the beginning
of the film.
Superman begins the movie saving cosmonauts in Space when the ship loses
oxygen. His alter ego, Clark Kent, later goes to his hometown of
Smallville to check on his family's farm. He takes a crystal, the last
one, actually. Its power can only be used one time, and that will be his
last link with Krypton. When he returns to Metropolis, he learns that
the Daily Planet has been taken over by a tabloid tycoon who fires Perry
White and hires his sexy daughter Lacy (Mariel Hemingway) as the new
editor. Lacy very soon takes a liking to Clark, and tries to seduce him
by asking him to come to her office while she is sitting on her desk
showing off her long, smooth legs. Clark tries to rebuff her advances,
but she tricks him into going on a date with her.
Everyone soon learns that the United States and the Soviet Union may
soon engage in nuclear war, threatening the survival of the planet.
Before taking action, he departs to the North Pole to seek advice from
the spirits of his Kryptonian ancestors at the Fortress of Solitude, who
warn him to not interfere, but rather flee to other worlds where war is
long forgotten. At a meeting of the United Nations, he tells the
assembly that he is going to rid the Earth of all nuclear weapons. Over
the next several days, Superman takes all the nuclear weapons and
gathers them into a gigantic net in orbit above the planet. When he has
almost all the weapons, he closes the net and tosses it into the sun.
Meanwhile, Lex Luthor's nephew Lenny helps break Luthor out of prison.
The pair steal a strand of hair that Superman had donated to a museum,
whereupon Luthor creates a genetic matrix from the strand of hair, and
attaches it to the final American nuclear missile. After the missile is
fired off into the air, Superman grabs the missile and throws it into
the sun. A few moments after the missile explodes on the sun's surface,
a ball of energy is discharged from the sun, which rapidly develops into
a "Nuclear Man" (Mark Pillow). This Nuclear Man then finds his way to
his "father" Luthor, who establishes that while he is indeed powerful,
he will deactivate if isolated from the sun's rays or suitably bright
artificial light. This resembles the Greek legend of Antaeus, a wrestler
whose strength came solely from his bodily contact with the Earth.
A worldwide battle soon follows between Luthor's creation and the Man of
Steel. While successfully saving the Statue of Liberty, Superman is
injured by the radioactive nails of Nuclear Man. To Lois' disgust, The
Daily Planet, which has been turned into a tabloid newspaper, blares the
headline that Superman is dead. Lois indicates a desire to quit, and
seizes Superman's cape for herself. Lacy begins to understand Lois'
point, and tries to follow her. Lacy also reveals that she actually
cares about Clark. Lois ventures to Clark's apartment. Felled by
radiation sickness, Clark staggers weakly to the terrace of his
apartment, where he retrieves the last benevolent Kryptonian crystal and
uses it to heal himself.
Nuclear Man develops a crush on Lacy, and threatens mayhem if he is not
introduced to her. Superman therefore agrees to take Nuclear Man to
Lacy. In an attempt to disable the villain, Superman lures Nuclear Man
into an elevator in the building, traps Nuclear Man in it, and pulls the
elevator out of the building and flies to the dark side of the moon,
heaving the elevator onto the ground there, not realizing that its doors
are slightly open. As the sun rises, Nuclear Man breaks out of his
makeshift prison and the two resume battle on the moon's surface. At the
end of the battle, Superman is driven into the ground by his opponent.
Nuclear Man then returns to Earth. Meanwhile, Lacy begins to understand
Lois' point, and warns her father that they've got to quit being so
recklessly sensationalistic and irresponsible with the paper and it's
media power. He tries to tell her more of his usual that the business of
newspapers is business, but she angrily counters that "No, Daddy! The
business of newspapers is journalism!" If they don't, she warns, a
disaster is sure to follow. Mister Warfield scoffs at this, until
Nuclear Man bursts in and abducts Lacy. He flies her into outer space
(where she, strangely enough, is unaffected by the lack of breathable
atmosphere and air pressure). Meanwhile, Superman pushes the moon out of
its normal orbit, casting Earth into a solar eclipse which terminates
Nuclear Man's powers. He then rescues Lacy from the arms of Nuclear Man,
of whom he disposes by returning him to Earth and sealing him into the
core of a nuclear power plant. Superman thwarts Lex and Lenny, returning
Lex Luthor to prison while Lenny is taken to Boys Town.
Mister White comes in then, restoring the old decorations, to Mister
Warfield's disgust. It is revealed that Mister White has been to the
banks, gathering help in securing a loan to buy back the controlling
shares of the Daily Planet, to protect it from any further abuse by
making Mister Warfield a mere minority shareholder. Now that Mister
White is the practical owner, the Daily Planet can return to being a
serious paper, to the relief of Lois and Jimmy.
Later, in a press conference, Superman declares only partial victory in
his peace campaign, saying "There will be peace when the people of the
world want it so badly, that their governments will have no choice but
to give it to them." He then flies into space, smiling optimistically.
This film shows the Man of Steel using several powers which had never
been seen before in the films. Superman restores part of the damaged
Great Wall of China by gazing at it, apparently using telekinesis. This
power was never ascribed to Superman in the comics. The issue was
avoided altogether in the comic adaptation, where Superman repairs the
Great Wall manually. He uses the same ability during the street battle
with Nuclear Man, when he lowers several suspended policemen to the
ground just by looking at them.
The Nuclear Man
Christopher Reeve Clark Kent / Superman
Gene Hackman Lex Luthor
Voice of Nuclear Man
Jon Cryer Lenny Luthor
Mariel Hemingway Lacy Warfield
Margot Kidder Lois Lane
Jackie Cooper Perry White
Sam Wanamaker David Warfield
Marc McClure Jimmy Olsen
Mark Pillow Nuclear Man
Damian McLawhorn Jeremy
William Hootkins Harry Howler
Jim Broadbent Jean Pierre Dubois
Stanley Lebor General Romoff
Don Fellows Levon Hornsby
Robert Beatty U.S. President