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

Basic Plot:

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

Worst Parts

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

Redeeming Parts?

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
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