“Superman IV” Turns 35: A Classic Interview with Director Sidney J. Furie

Superman IV

Ed Gross from VoicesFromKrypton.net has posted his 1987 interview with “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” director Sidney J. Furie.

With the film celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, it’s interesting to look back at this interview to hear Furie talk about what he hoped would be a hit film.

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December 20, 2022 5:07 pm

This movie will always have a special place in my heart. First superman film (that I remember) seeing in a theater… bless my moms heart for taking me multiple times lol

December 20, 2022 6:52 pm

I am in perhaps a minority here, but I do not recognize Superman IV at all. Saw it once maybe on TV, but given it was a Golan-Globus production and co-distributed by Cannon Films, it looked cheaply done and I was maybe waiting for some Kung Fu scenes! The script seemed to meander, the effects looked wonky, and I even think Christopher Reeve was feeling tired of playing Superman and maybe he felt the fear of being typecast. I only have Superman I and II in my collection. Superman III suffered from an out-of-control script and Richard Pryor seeming to… Read more »

December 20, 2022 7:48 pm

I have a nostalgic fondness for Superman IV; I’m not blind to its flaws but I think that the cast largely carry it through. Reeve conveys a sense of carrying the weight of the world (probably because he leveraged his reputation and it bit him hard), and Gene Hackman looks like he is having an absolute ball and cashing an easier than usual paycheck. And while the soundmix itself isn’t great, the new musical themes for Nuclear Man and Lacy by John Williams are good and fit the film well.

December 21, 2022 12:05 pm
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3 and 4 are worth it just for Reeve alone. I can watch clips of both movies on their own and get a lot of enjoyment out of them. The fight with himself in the junkyard in part 3, the speech at the end of part 4… (which would sound like complete cheese from any other actor, but reeve makes it sound like Hamlet haha) 4 was my first superman movie in the theater so I have the fondness you speak of, but am completely aware of it’s stigma and flaws, but I love this like I love my cheesy… Read more »

December 23, 2022 2:34 pm

Superman IV is the first Superman film I watched in the movie theater. As I got older, I realized some of the flaws it has. However, I still really like the story. Superman IV will always hold a special place in my heart.