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Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Nuclear Man (Mark Pillow)

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Film: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
Deceased Character: Nuclear Man (Mark Pillow)
Archetype: Baddy (Major)
Killed by: Superman (Christopher Reeve)
Killed with: Nuclear Reactor

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Written by Mr. Mouseburger 16th Jul 2006

Kindly submitted by The Doctor

Nuclear Man is a creation of Lex Luthor from Superman’s DNA, located in a hair he stole with his Valley-dude nephew Lenny in order to create a being that would serve as an equal for Superman and to possibly destroy him. However, Nuclear Man has a slight flaw: if he's out of the sunlight, he "powers down." Yes, I know, it's lame, but stay with me here.

Having a crush on the new editor of the Daily Planet, Lacy Warfield, Nuclear Man kidnaps her and takes her into space (with no spacesuit, I should add). He plans to destroy everyone on Earth, leaving him and Lacy to rule over the remains.

However, he didn't count on Superman, who's recovered from nuclear poisoning as a result of a scratch from Nuclear Man's long nails. As well as that, Superman has also freed himself from the lunar Surface, where Nuclear Man hammered him in to the ground like a ten-penny nail.

Superman saves Lacy from falling off of Nuclear Man (in space!) and then manages to deactivate Nuclear Man due to a Superman generated solar eclipse (you can really see why this was the last film in the franchise, can’t you!) before taking Lacy back to Earth. Now, any normal person would be cooked to a crisp re-entering the Earth's atmosphere like that, but Lucy is completely unharmed. Having saved the damsel, Superman then goes back to deal with Nuclear Man.

He grabs the deactivated Nuclear Man and flies him down to Earth. Finding a nearby nuclear power plant, Superman drops Nuclear Man into the cooling tower which (rather stupidly) leads to an open reactor core, in which Nuclear Man lands. Didn't this strike anyone as a pretty big design flaw?

Anyway, the reactor closes after Nuclear Man is dropped in and almost immediately the readings on all the pretty dials go off the scale, and the lights all over Metropolis grow a lot brighter than normal.

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This review has 11 comments. Reply to the comments
Comment 1 by 'Mr. Briggs Incorporated' (reply to this comment)
Seems an obvious candidate for "Radiation".
Comment 2 by 'The Doctor' (reply to this comment)
Ooh, forgot about that. Plus "Unique." How many movies end with your bad guy getting dropped into a nuclear reactor?

"Machinery" as well? The reactor wasn't intended for use as a Nuclear Man disposal place.
Comment 3 by 'Mr Mouseburger' (reply to this comment)
Heh, good point, i am not really sure this is a unique death though, i can think of several people how have fallen into hazardous material of some form or another (Dr. No for example).

Also, machinery does not kill him, so we should not include that either.

Comment 4 by 'The Doctor' (reply to this comment)
Thanks for the update, MB.

I didn't realize until after I submitted it, but Pilow should have an extra L in there. I accidentially left it out.

ANd once the deleted footage from this one hits DVD, I'll do a write-up for the death of Nuclear Man I.
Comment 5 by 'Matt' (reply to this comment)
Another tiny typo. [?!?}] (3rd paragraph)
Comment 6 by 'The Doctor' (reply to this comment)
That's not a typo. That's an expression of confusion.

EDIT: Ooops, just looked closer. Didn't notice that when I sent it out.
Comment 7 by 'Mr Mouseburger' (reply to this comment)
Tidied that write up up a bit, and removed the exclamations!!!!!! winking smiley
Comment 8 by 'The Doctor' (reply to this comment)
SOrry again, MB, but First Nuclear Man is deactivated, then Lacy begins to fall (in space!), then Superman saves her.
Comment 9 by 'Jesse' (reply to this comment)
Now why couldn't Superman have dropped Nuclear Man into an oil well somewhere in Texas?
Comment 10 by 'Matt' (reply to this comment)
Lucy (4th paragraph)? I thought her name was Lacy!
Comment 11 by 'Marvel Comics Fan' (reply to this comment)
Mark pillow, What's in a name? This fourth, (and fortunately last) installment of the Superman franchise was so boring, you needed a pillow for when you fell asleep. Just because an actor has no lines does not mean they have no talent. Karloff as the Frankenstein monster. Agnes Moorehead in Twilight Zone. No talking necessary, but as cheesy as the Nuclear Man character was, some cheesy dialogue might have at least put it over the edge to "campy". No such luck. And what evr happened to Mark Pillow. Apparently he put everyone else to sleep too.