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February 22, 2009



WTF??? The classic aspect is as you said, Mark -- Reeve looks bored to tears!!

And Jack Lord -- ROTFLMAO!!!


They couldn't have just put in some crappy red-and-blue blur to suggest the notion of "Superman rebuilding the wall with super-speed?"

Superman IV is actually a rather fascinating movie. (Not a *good* movie, not by any stretch of the imagination, mind.) Listen to the DVD commentary from one of the screenwriters, it's interesting.

A particularly fascinating oddball nugget is that Mark Pillow showed up for the movie's premiere in full costume... WITHOUT the knowledge or approval of anyone else involved with the movie!

I wonder if that incident inspired the bit of business in LAST ACTION HERO where the actor who plays Jack Slater's villain (apparently - he's not, in fact, an actor...) shows up at the movie premiere in full costume?

Ivan Wolfe

Thank you! My favorite off beat out of nowhere Superman power!

I keep expecting Geoff Johns (or perhaps Grant Morrison) to introduce this into the comics at some point.

David Morefield

Laugh all you want, but if Jack Lord turned his steely gaze on the Great Wall, it would not only reassemble itself, but also apologize for having fallen down in the first place!

Mark Engblom

LOL! Absolutely!

Just be thankful Jack Lord and Chuck Norris never got into a stare-down. The time-space continuum would have crumbled from the sheer macho power of such a meeting!

Al Bigley

One of the few films I erver almost walked out on. This and DARK KNIGHT. No joke.
I think Chris had filmed another movie at the time that required him to dye his hair, hence the Reagan-like mop.

I also recall interview from the day about how Chris was not enthused, and didn't work out for the role, etc....Not that he was a flabby mess by any means, but....

Al Bigley

ShadowWing Tronix

Not having seen it myself, I'm surprised to see a negative comment about Dark Knight. I usually hear how awesome it supposedly was and that Heath Ledger should win every award possible for it.

As for Superman 4, the saddest part is, done right, Nuclear Man could have been an interesting villain. However, it's a second rate anti-nuke movie that struggles from lacking in sense and believability. (And let me tell you, I can suspend my disbelief with the best of 7-year olds, which is remarkable at 35.) Besides, we all know the real "Nuclear Man" in the DCU is Firestorm. (At least the original; don't know about the new guy.)

Mark Engblom

"Not having seen it myself, I'm surprised to see a negative comment about Dark Knight."

Read my review (or, more accurately, my shellacking) of Dark Knight if you want to see more negative comments leveled at this over-rated mess.

Hopefully now that Ledger has his post-mortem Oscar, people can regain a little perspective on the film.


Love that super lego power, baby!


If there had been more movies in this vein, we surely would have discovered that Supes had a different vision for repairing every national monument. Reassemble the Taj Mahal Vision; Polish the Dome of the Rock Vision; Clear the Cobwebs from Macchu Picchu Vision, and so on.


Looking at the Great Wall scene, it seems clear that Superman wasn't supposed to be using some "Mortar Vision" while they were filming the scene.

In the script, he does indeed restore the wall with super-speed rebuilding.

Like you said, he's just standing around, and his expression doesn't change when he waves goodbye.

What I think happened, is that during filming, the intent was for Superman to super-rebuild the wall. Then he stands and looks up at the people cheering, waves goodbye, and takes off.

But since they were too cheap to film the rebuilding special effect, they just used outtakes of Superman looking around, and added the eyebeams.

I bet Reeve himself groaned when he saw the finished version. He would have played the scene differently if mortar-vision was the intent during filming.


Let us not forget that "Superman IV" was directed by Sidney J. Furie, who also directed the dreadful 1976 pseudo-biopic "Gable & Lombard." And of course, as we all know, Superman's alter ego Clark Kent was named for Clark Gable (and Kent Taylor, a now-obscure 1930s actor who also made a film with Carole Lombard -- though unlike Clark, he never married her).

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