It has been widely documented by critics over the past quarter-century that Superman IV: The Quest For Peace is an extraordinarily butt film. The project began as a well-meaning parable on nuclear disarmament spearheaded by Christopher Reeve, who quickly realized that you never hire the studio behind Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo to make a Superman movie.
The production problems plaguing Superman IV were legion. The film was hobbled by a heavily slashed budget, a ton of unused and hastily edited footage (including scrapped scenes of a New Wave Bizarro Superman), and a cast who knew that the final product would be unwatchable. The notorious Cannon Group — whose chief cultural export in the 1980s was the star-spangled shinobi gaze of Michael Dudikoff, American Ninja —produced the film and promptly ran out of money a few years later. (Without this febrile period of pennilessness, we would not have the unheralded Richard Roundtree vehicle Crack House.)