Wealthy businessman Ross Webster discovers the hidden talents of Gus Gorman, a mischievous computer genius. Ross decides to abuse his talents, in a way to help Webster with his plans for economic control. When the man of steel interferes, something must be done about Supes. When Gus' synthetic Kryptonite fails to kill Superman, it turns him in an evil incarnation of his former self. The tar-laced Kryptonite pits man against himself, setting up the Clark vs. Superman battle. Written by
The video game Ross Webster plays that was created for the film, was made by the Atari Corporation. However, The Atari Corporation had made a "Superman III" video game, based on the film for the Atari 5200, but was never released. See more »
When Ross decides to use Gus to contact the Vulcan satellite to destroy Colombia, Vera says Gus must do this from somewhere that he cannot be tracked, and then tracked back to Webscoe. Gus is sent to Smallville to hack in using the Wheat King computer. Later on, Gus hacks into the Vulcan satellite again from his work computer in Metropolis, first to locate and analyze a chunk of kryptonite, then to have the lab synthesize it (with Gus replacing the unknown element with tar). Why would Gus do that from his work computer if Ross and Vera were so worried about it being tracked back to Gus? See more »
My Take: It never reaches the heights of its predecessors with its sillier story and ridiculous villains.
Many consider this a weak entry in the Superman film series. Well, I thought it was at first. But when I watched it in numerous reruns, I began to like this. Christopher Reeve excellently reprises his role, alongside comedy favorite Richard Pryor, as a computer-whiz, who is hired by his boss to help fulfill his plans for world domination. Pryor may not do it right sometimes, but he's admittedly hilarious in spots. But painfully ridiculous in some.
Among the things that make it a bit unsatisfying for critics is the lack of the characters from the originals. Lois lane had to go on vacation, so Lana Lang (played well by Annette O'Toole)is Superman's/Clark Kent's love interest. Robert Vaughn plays a sinister mastermind, an okay replacement for the famous villain Lex Luther. What some viewers don't understand is that director Richard Lester wants it to be more of a comic book adventure rather than what scriptwriter Mario Puzo did in the first two.
Rating: **1/2 out of 5.
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