Nuclear Man (Superman IV: The Quest for Peace)
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Nuclear Man is the main villain from Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.
Why He Sucks
- Nuclear Man has no reason to exist even that he was never in the comics from the first place. But, he is uninteresting in this movie, as he feels like a generic plot device who doesn't do much more than just act as a glorified henchman for Superman's archenemy, Lex Luthor.
- The character is poorly written and not even based on the comics.
- Just like Ross and Vera Webster from Superman III, he is never straight from the comics in the first place as mentioned in WHS# 1.
- He acts like a humanoid robot with a misunderstood behavior.
- His actor, Mark Pillow, does a weak job portraying him.
- His weakness itself is very pathetic and contradicts itself. As while he is weak while isolated from the Sun, there are several scenes where he is indoors without the sunlight.
- Awful dialogue, such as "I am the father now!" and "If you will not tell, I will hurt people" A lot of his dialogue ties into the deleted scenes involving a failed prototype of Nuclear Man, making his dialogue in the end product just weird and nonsensical.
- He is like a bad rip-off of Spider-Man villain Electro or a replacement for Superman villains, Parasite and even Brainiac. Also, he looks like a prototype version for female Superman villain, Livewire from the animated series of the same name.
- His costume looks laughable and too "comic booky".
- Barely has any goal, besides attacking Superman and trying to kidnap Lacy Warfield, the latter of which he apparently does just because he sees her on the cover of a magazine and finds her attractive (this again made more sense with the deleted scenes including proto-Nuclear Man, albeit not a whole lot more).
- His defeat is laughably bad, with Superman dropping him into the cooling tower of a nuclear plant, and this somehow destroying him.
- Even more laughable is how originally defeated Superman. He scratched Superman's neck with his giant, golden fingernails. No, really.
- In the comic adaptation, his other powers are just silly as he transforms himself into a giant, and a nuclear missile.