Bede’s Bad Movie Tweet-A-Thon #35: Superman IV – The Quest For Peace

Hey everyone! Welcome to the 35th edition of my Bad Movie Tweet-A-Thon series. As you already know last month here on SuperMarcey.com, I said that this edition was going to be a special Christmas themed one in honour this month. I posted up poll with three bad movies that were produced by the Cannon Group and I said that whichever one out of those three films had the highest votes, I would watch and live-tweet for this column. Well, the votes are in and you all have spoken.  For this special Cannon Group themed 35th instalment of Bad Movie Tweet-A-Thon, you guys wanted me to watch and live-tweet… SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE! Is this really the worst SUPERMAN film of all time? Why didn’t anyone think it was a bad idea for Cannon Films to produced this sequel? Read on and find out! Enjoy!

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Bede @BedeJermyn

I know I’ve said this many times before but I’m going say it again, is too late for *not* watch this film?

Yep, it’s official. No superhero film score will ever be as awesome as the SUPERMAN theme. It always feels so inspiring.

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A Cannon Group production. Yep, just that credit alone pretty much tells you what the quality of this fil is going to be.

Man, these opening credits look so cheep. There like something that you would use on Windows Movie Maker.

These credits are going on way longer than they should be.

From the producers of DEATH WISH II, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW 2 and BREAKIN’ 2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO comes… SUPERMAN IV!!!

I like how the Russian astronaut’s singing does even match the movement of his lips.

You know what? I like that the Oscar-winning film GRAVITY was based on this opening astronaut scene from SUPERMAN IV.

Yeah, I’m sorry but if a very large satellite smashed right into an astronaut, I’m pretty sure he would be dead.

You know how that these astronauts are Russians even before they start speaking? ‘Cause everything in there shuttle in red

Here we go! Some stick footage of Superman flying has come to save the day! Yeah!

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Thanks GRAVITY. Every time I watch an old film that has scene set space in it, I’m going to find it inaccurate ’cause sound doesn’t travel through space

You know if these scene were happening in real life, the Russian astronauts wouldn’t able to hear what Superman is saying.

Yeah, what is the point of these scene were Superman goes back to Smallville? There’s absolutely no reason for it at all.

Ummm… Where’s that Lara voice over coming from? Is coming from that ship or is all in Superman’s head?

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I’m sorry, Lara. You don’t need to tell us about where Superman came from. We already know about this a few movies ago.

Yeah, this voice over is pretty pointless too.

So is that power module from Superman’s ship make out of Kryptonite or is something else entirely? I’m really confused.

Who is this Mr. Hornsby and why have we never seen him before until now?

Geez, Clark’s glasses are really big. No wonder no one can recognise him as Superman when they’re bigger than his entire head.

I like how Mr. Hornsby just takes the baseball glove but he doesn’t brother to take both the ball and bat with him as well.

I hope there is an resolution to this ‘Clark selling the family home’ subplot. ‘Cause I’ll be very annoyed if there isn’t one.

Meanwhile at an 1920’s prison compound…

Once again Gene Hackman defies the classic design of the character by having hair instead of going bald. Figures.

Yep, when I think of an actor to play a bag guy in a SUPERMAN film, I totally think of Jon Cryer.

What the hell is Jon Cryer wearing? It’s like he’s dressed up as an Academy Award.

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Yeah, I’m sorry. How on earth did those two prison guards survived that car crash? That impact should have killed them both.

Why does Lex Luthor’s prisoner outfit look exactly like the Hamburgler’s?

Man, that is some of the worst ‘slumping over from a heart attack’ acting I’ve ever seen from that Train Driver.

I like how the people on subway don’t even react when Superman flies pass them.

Okay, Superman. You don’t have to be a loud-speaker for subway safety. It feels out of place.

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Muriel Hemingway’s jacket is so… Sparkly. It’s looks like that made out of the skin of Edward Cullen.

I think the really battle of this film is who is wearing the bigger glasses: Christopher Reeve or Muriel Hemingway.

Ah, Lois. I think if your plan to give Muriel Hemingway’s reasons *not* to date Clark, you’re doing a bad job of it.

I like how that teacher just turns off the TV while the President addressing the nation after like 10 seconds.

Man, the kids in this class have some really ugly-looking mullets. That’s the ’80s for ya.

Oh, man. The outfits that both Lex and his nephew are wearing get more and more hilarious as the film goes on.

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So… If Superman’s hair is so strong that it can lift a 1,000lb ball, how can Lex easily cut through it with bolt cutters?

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Why yes, Muriel Hemingway. I suppose you could get a guy interested in you by lying back seductively on your office table.

Why would any woman fall in love with Clark Kent? He’s such a great big nerd.

What the hell type of coat is Muriel Hemingway is wearing now?! It’s look like a cheap window curtain!

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Headline: “Superman says ‘drop dead’ to kid!” Actually it was the Zack Snyder’s Superman who said that to the kid. *Ba-da-dis*

I just saw a giant Pepsi machine in the background at the Daily Planet. Geez, even they were doing product placement back then.

Well, it’s that pointless Lara voice over again.

Geez, for an alien race that’s suppose to be dead, that doesn’t stop Kryptonians from giving Superman advice on Earth matters.

I’m surprised that the Wizard of Oz isn’t one of the Krypton Elders.

Why does Lois’ pink dress look like a nightgown?

Oh, Clark Kent. You’re such an attempted murderer.

Sure Lois is happy that Superman saved her, but she doesn’t seem that Clark may have died from the fall.

I suppose it doesn’t matter since Clark did try to murder her. Superman/Clark has a twisted sense of humour.

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Man, the special effects in this sequel look so cheap.

Oh, dear God! Superman tried to murder Lois. Again! The Superman in this film is a sociopath!

Ahh… Why has Lois gone all frozen and stuff after kissing Superman? This is just bizarre.

Yeah, I’m pretty sure in the time when Superman and Lois were flying around the world, they would have missed the ball.

Oh, man. This United Nations scene is so full of cultural stereotypes.

It’s funny how the ‘S’ symbol on the back of Superman’s coat looks like it’s going to fall off ’cause of badly stitched it is.

The U.S. and Russia must not have been on Superman’s side after his speech ’cause they’re STILL firing nuclear weapons.

Oh, my God. Oscar winner actor Jim Broadbent is one of the bad guys that Lex Luthor is talking too! 😳

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That woman who Jon Cryer is hanging out with in the background of this scene looks so much like Cyndi Lauper that it’s scary.

Finally! Lex Luthor has finally come up with a plan to stop Superman that doesn’t involve real-estate again.

You know for someone who proclaims to be the greatest genius who has ever lived, Lex Luthor comes up the dumbest plans.

Geez, for an army Air Force base, they must have the worst security if Lex can easily sneak in disguised as a General.

Man, that Launch Control technician looks scarily like Jay Leno. Except his chin is even LONGER!

So… Where was that nuclear missile going that the U.S. fired Superman came along stopped it?

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Out of the Superman villains they could have gotten from the comics, they instead created their own one called Nuclear Man? Lame

Ummm… Why is Nuclear Man *born* with clothes on? Even for a comic book film, I don’t think that’s even possible.

The actor who plays Nuclear Man kind of looks like Dolph Lungdren. No joke when I was a kid, I seriously thought it was Dolph!

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Somehow Clark has wondered on the set John Travolta/Jamie Lee Curtis aerobics film PERFECT.

You can tell you’re watching a film from the ’80s when there’s a scene involving aerobics.

I seriously still don’t see what Muriel Hemingway sees in Clark. He seems like the kinds of guy she would never date.

I don’t know why one of the women in Alex’s place is dressed up in 19th century clothing. I just don’t know.

Oh, man. Just when I though Lex and his nephew’s clothes couldn’t get more ridiculous, they do.

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I like how Nuclear Man knows who Superman is despite being on planet earth for like 5 minutes.

So Nuclear Man only works when he’s in the sun? So he only runs on solar power?

Oh, man. This following scene with Superman/Clark, Lois and Lacey feels like it’s straight out of a really bad TV sitcom.

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Geez, Superman. You deliberately burned Lois’s dinner you jerk!

I’m starting to realise that Superman is a total jerk in this film.

Man, this scene is going on for far too long.

I like how Nuclear Man’s main power is that he has really long sharp nails.

Every time Nuclear Man gives his angry face, he looks more hilarious than intimidating.

Geez, Superman was taking his sweet time flying over to save that girl from falling of the Great Wall of China.

OMG! The girl who Superman saves looks BANGERZ era Miley Cyrus! 😳

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Superman has fixing powers now? I suppose if had that at the end of MAN OF STEEL people wouldn’t have bitched about the ending

That small part of the Great Wall of China must have cost the Cannon Group a lot of money.

Seriously?! Are they reusing the same shots of Superman flying towards the screen over and over again?! That’s just lazy!

How does Superman know every language in the planet? Is that special power they just specially created for him for this film?

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Look out! Nuclear Man is trying to cut you with his finger nails!

Nuclear Man is giving the aliens from INDEPENDENCE DAY a run for their money by trying to destroy major city landmarks.

OMG! Nuclear Man defeated Superman by scratching him! Oh, the humanity!

Man, the Daily Planet wrote that front page headline saying that ‘Superman is dead’ pretty quick didn’t they?

Ummm… Lois knows how to unpick locks now too?

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Now that is a lot of money on Lex’s table.

I don’t know how it’s possible, but Nuclear Man’s hair keeps getting bigger and bigger as the film goes along.

What the hell?! When did Clark become an old man all of a sudden?! This doesn’t make any sense!

Oh, geez. It’s that pointless Lara voice over again.

Ahh… Why is there a stuffed giraffe in Lex’s apartment?

I don’t get the whole power crystal that Superman has. Is made out of Kryptonite or something else? It’s never really explained at all 

Yeah, it don’t know how water hoses can set themselves on fire.

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Nuclear Man isn’t causing havoc in this scene, he’s just basically having a tantrum.

Superman’s powers are very inconsistent in this film. He does things that I’ve never seen him do before.

Nuclear Man’s costume looks like a bumblebee.

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Oh, man. You can actually see the black curtains in the background in this moon battle scene.

Yeah, filmmakers behind this film forgot that there actually isn’t any wind in space.

Geez, Nuclear Man sounds like Godzilla every time he screams.

“You’re being over-dramatic, young lady. What kind of disaster can we bring about?” Well, this film for a start.

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Ahh… How on the hell is Lacy breathing in space? THAT’S NOT SCIENTIFICALLY POSSIBLE!!! THIS IS STUPID!!! AHHH!!!

Well… That most underwhelming fight in Superman history. I’ll take the one where he fights Zod in MAN OF STEEL over that! 

I know this sounds wrong but every time someone says Clark’s last name Kent, it sounds like they’re saying the ‘C’ word.

Alright, Superman. We get it! You don’t have to mouthpiece for world peace. Who are you? Rocky Balboa?

Lex Luthor is wearing a snake-skin outfit. I have no words for any of this.

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Superman just dropped Lenny off at a Boys Town to be look after by a priest. I hope for Lenny’s sake, the priest isn’t a bad one

Superman says he’ll see Lex in 20 years. Which is actually true since the next Superman film wouldn’t be made until 20 years later

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Geez, you know when I film is lazy when they just reuse footage of the same ending from the 1st film instead of making a new one

Well, that’s the end of the film. As bad as this film is, it’s a masterpiece compared to the abomination that is SUPERMAN III.

I hope everyone enjoyed reading this 35th edition of Bad Movie Tweet-A-Thon! Keep a look out in May for my 36th edition, which be a very special edition of the article. Why’s that you ask? ‘Cause May actually marks the 3rd anniversary of my Bad Movie Tweet-A-Thon column. So I thought that to celebrate this special occasion instead of asking you readers to pick which bad film I should watch and live-tweet, I would pick the film myself. So which bad film have I chosen for the 36th/3rd anniversary edition of the article? I’m going to be doing it on director Ridley Scott’s prequel to the ALIEN series PROMETHEUS! Keep a look out for it here on SuperMarcey.com in late May!

– Bede Jermyn

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