It had been four years since fans have seen Superman flying across movie screens. Everyone thought that Christopher Reeve was finished portraying the Man of Steel after the lukewarm reception Superman III received. Surprisingly, he would be lured back to put on his cape and save the world one final time. The original producers of the Superman films, Alexander Salkind and his son Ilya, sold their rights to Cannon Films. Believing there was still money to be made with Superman movies, they managed to lure Reeve back for a fourth film, promising him story input and an agreement to finance an outside film of his choosing. Abandoning the humorous nature of film number three, this time Superman would be faced with the topical issue of nuclear disarmament, along with battling a radiation- charged super enemy. With series regulars Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Jackie Cooper and Marc McClure returning, Superman IV looked to be a much more promising Superman adventure than the third. However, trouble struck. The story wasn’t as good as it should have been and Cannon was not ready to finance the big-budget spectacle the film needed. Corners were cut and what was originally envisioned as a huge Superman epic turned into an embarrassment that shortchanged the special effects and cheated fans of the glory they remembered from Superman films of the past. The film would be a financial and critical disaster. Fans were left disappointed and Reeve was angry at the final result. It would be the final time Reeve would suit up in his costume and it would be the last Superman film to be seen on the big-screen for almost twenty years. Come with me now, as I check out Christopher Reeve’s swan song as the Man of Steel in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. This article originally appeared on John’s site Haphazard Stuff. For more original content, also check out his blog here. See larger image Superman IV – The Quest for Peace (Deluxe Edition) Superman IV: Deluxe Edition (DVD) Christopher Reeve not only dons the title hero’s cape for the fourth time but also helped develop the movie’s provocative theme: nuclear disarmament. “For me, it’s the most personal of the entire series,” Reeve said. “It directly reflects what Superman should be, and should be doing.” Superman does a lot this time around. To make the world safe for nuclear arms merchants, Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) creates a new being to challenge the Man of Steel: the radiation-charged Nuclear Man (Mark Pillow). The two foes clash in an explosive extravaganza that sees Superman save the Statue of Liberty, plug a volcanic eruption of Mount Etna and rebuild the demolished Great Wall of China. Your quest for excitement is over! New From: $3.99 USD In Stock Share this:TweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like Loading... Related Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.