(out of 5)
Christopher Reeve‘s hero franchise definitely reached its finale when this under-baked adventure was released. Despite an earnest plot line devoted to dealing with current world issues (nuclear disarmament and world peace), there’s very little fun to it and even less creativity. Reeve (who also co-wrote) is once again the man of steel, pitted yet again opposite the evil Lex Luther (Gene Hackman) in a fight for world domination. Luther has created a nuclear weapon in the form of an android who takes his power from the sun and is possibly powerful enough to kill Superman, leaving the world vulnerable to Luther’s takeover. Will the man in blue tights save the day? You bet your spinning phone booth. Margot Kidder returns, plus there’s a new lady interest in Mariel Hemingway.
Directed by Sidney J. Furie
Cinematography by Ernest Day
Music by Alexander Courage
Production Design by John Graysmark
Costume Design by John Bloomfield
Film Editing by John Shirley