Superman IV: The Quest for Peace is a 1987 superhero film directed by Sidney J. Furie. It is the fourth film in the original Superman film series and the last installment to star Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel. It is the first film in this series not to be produced by Alexander and Ilya Salkind, but instead by Golan-Globus's Cannon Films, in association with Warner Bros. Gene Hackman returns as Lex Luthor, who creates an evil solar-powered Superman clone called Nuclear Man. Superman IV was neither a critical nor a box office success. The series went on hiatus until 2006, when Superman Returns, the final installment of this series, was released. After saving a group of cosmonauts whose spaceship is jeopardized by a rogue satellite, Superman (Christopher Reeve) visits his hometown of Smallville disguised as Clark Kent, and checks in on the now uninhabited farm where he grew up. In an empty barn he uncovers the space-capsule that brought him to Earth, and removes a luminescent green Kryptonian energy module. A recording left by his birth mother, Lara, states that its power can only be used once. Unwilling to sell the farm to a mall developer, Superman returns to Metropolis.
Christopher Reeve allegedly insisted that if he was going to slum his way through a fourth Superman movie, it would have to involve a story about nuclear disarmament. Noble, yes, but after Supe tosses all the nukes into the sun, Lex Luthor tosses token villain ‘Nuclear Man’ (Mark Pillow, whose career was promptly killed after this debacle) into the mix. Pathetic battle, combined with the usual ‘hide that secret identity!’ subplot, ensues. Worst of all are the special effects: I didn’t think you could make an entire movie on a bluescreen in 1987, but damn if director Sidney J. Furie doesn’t try. I’ve also never seen people falling sooo sloooooowlyyyyyyyyyy. Avoid!