Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. The last Superman movie to star Christopher Reeve should probably be seen as a disaster from which even our favourite superhero couldn’t rescue any survivors. With a limited budget that meant the film-makers had to reuse special effects from the earlier films, a terrible nuclear-disarmament plot that Reeve had a hand in, and the whole production filmed in Milton Keynes (yes, really – the United Nations building is actually Central Milton Keynes train station, while catalogue company Argos’s headquarters doubled for a Metropolis hotel), it really is a disappointing end to the franchise.
It seems Superman has decided to round up all the nuclear weapons and throw them into space. Unfortunately, this creates Nuclear Man (Mark Pillow), an android programmed by Lex Luthor (Hackman) and his nephew Lenny (Jon Cryer) to wreak havoc on earth. It’s cheap-looking (you’ll recognise it’s London Underground doubling for a Metropolis subway train out of control), nonsensical and worth avoiding at all costs.
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