Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Annette O'Toole, Jackie Cooper,
Marc McClure, Annie Ross, Pamela Stephenson, Robert Vaughn,
123 Minutes, Directed by Richard Lester
actually many similarities between this third installment in
the Superman movie series and the third installment of that
other DC Comics' screen hero, Batman. For starters, both are among the
worst in the series.
Like in Batman
Forever ten years
later, Superman III has things messed up by another
comedian (probably also hired in a desperate attempt to make big
bucks and inject life into what was fast becoming a tired
franchise). In Batman Forever they had Jim Carrey. Superman
III has Richard Pryor. They are very much similar: both are
seriously out of place in movies like this, both are loud and
both are unfunny. Together they made a mess of both movies.
Only difference is that Batman Forever made a much bigger
killing at the box office.
similarities doesn't end there: whereas the previous two Superman
movies took the story seriously, this one doesn't and plays the
thing for laughs. Take the opening slapstick sequence from this
movie. In any other film it would have worked. In this one, it
seems seriously out of place. Same happened with Batman
Forever. So there: history does repeat itself!)