Is “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” a bad movie? (Great Debate)

The fourth and final instalment in the Christopher Reeve Superman films, “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” is a far cry from the first film… but is it a failure?

In the latest instalment of our “Great Debate” feature, we ask the question…

Is “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” a bad movie?

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Who do you agree with?

Many thanks to our Great Debaters – Mario Bennese and Marc Lax.

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August 5, 2022 3:49 am

I have a nostalgic fondness for Superman IV, but I’m not blind to its problems. The most common numbers that I’ve seen are that the budget was slashed from $36 million to $17 million (some estimates peg the pre-slash budget as high as $40 million) and when confronted with this, the powers that be went ahead and filmed a $36 million movie for $17 million, which makes everything look cheap by spreading the budget too thin. Relatively contemporary to the film there were comparatively budgeted sci-fi films; Star Trek II ($12 million), Star Trek III ($17 million), Aliens (~$18 million),… Read more »

August 5, 2022 10:02 am

I mean …. it’s impossible to not view this, objectively, as a bad film. The special effects arent special (to be generous), the plot is muddled, the science is non-existent. But … I don’t hate it lol. The movie does have heart and I appreciate the message the film was trying to send. I would watch it over Superman 3 anytime.
I loved when Supergirl titled an episode “The Quest for Peace.”

August 5, 2022 10:51 am

It’s bad but in a fun way. I definitely recommend this movie just for the entertainment value.

August 6, 2022 2:23 pm

I don’t know if I would call it a bad film necessarily. Maybe a guilty pleasure. Reeve would always convince me he’s Superman no matter how bad the movie is. The movie could’ve been about Reeve’s Superman going up against gremlins and Darth Vader while helping ET phone home and journeying through the lands of Fantasia in the never ending story, and I still would have loved seeing Reeve’s Superman in such a film. So basically for me it doesn’t matter how bad the movie was. If it had Reeve’s Superman, I’ll happily watch it. 😀

Last edited 1 year ago by Superman2878
August 7, 2022 9:01 pm

I loved the story, ideas and themes of “Superman IV: The Quest For Peace.” I understand what Christopher Reeve wanted to do with the story. Unfortunately, the studio cut the budget in half. Additionally, key character-building scenes were cut. It also didn’t help that filmmaker suddenly gave Superman new powers like (1) rebuilding the Great Wall of China by simply looking at it and even (2) the power of telekinesis, which all of us Superman fans know are powers that he does not have. In the end, the film suffered from those things. Therefore, objectively, Superman IV is a bad… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by GodzillaofSteel