Superman IV: The Quest For Peace did begin with the best of intentions by star Christopher Reeve.
After declaring his refusal to don the red cape again after his disappointment by Superman III, Reeve would find himself lured back to Metropolis for one final cinematic bow.
However, instead of the hopes of his fourth adventure to reclaim the glory of the first two entries and make up for number three, The Quest For Peace would be the final embarrassing blow to the Superman franchise and leave the character absent from the big-screen for nineteen years.
Original Superman producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind would sell their movie rights to the Man of Steel after the disappointing Supergirl fiasco. Those movie rights would ultimately fall into the hands of Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus of the Cannon Group. A lot of money, an agreement to finance a film of his choosing and being granted more creative control would lure Reeve back for a fourth super adventure.
Things didn’t work out the way Reeve had hoped. Despite a topical storyline involving Superman and the nuclear arms race and the return of series regulars Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Jackie Cooper and Marc McClure, The Quest For Peace would be a cheap, embarrassing project that would leave fans disappointed and Reeve frustrated and angry.
Cannon would slash the once promised big budge in half before production began. After an abysmal preview screening the film itself would be recut in half. What would be left is one of the most notorious, universally panned, head shaking superhero films of all time. It was not a great note for Reeve to leave his role on.
Co-starring Mariel Hemingway, Jon Cryer and Mark Pillow as the unforgettable Nuclear Man, I take a look at Christopher Reeve’s swan song as the Man of Steel – Superman IV: The Quest For Peace.