Oct 2, 2020
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) (part 2 of 12)
How’s this for sheer randomness? The DVD menu for Superman IV shows an image of Superman in front of the Los Angeles skyline. Don’t ask me why, because as far as I can recall, not one single scene in this movie (or any of the other Superman movies, for that matter) takes place in Los Angeles. Okay, okay. I think there was a brief scene in the first movie where the Hollywood sign was about to tumble over, but.. come on. It was probably the cheapest stock photo they could find.
The film begins with the familiar fanfare of John Williams’ classic theme from the original, only this time with random echo effects applied. Cut to a static photo of the earth taken from space, as the credits come flying over our heads and then disappear past the horizon.
And already, the cost cutting is evident, because these credits are nowhere near the majestic blue, zooming, space-dwelling credits of the first two films. They just look like normal credits with crappy blue and red trails behind them. So, for those keeping score, we’re not even past the opening credits yet, and I’m already feeling suicidal.