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Too much Gus, not enough Lorlei
on 25 July 2013
I loved this as a child but its tone is different to the preceding two. Happily there is no Lex et al, but an equally silly character has too much of a role - Richard Prior as Gus Gorman. The villain's sidekick, Lorelei (Pamela Stephenson), is ripe for a really interesting part. She is caught reading and debating the philosopher Kant, only to hide the tome and start filing her nails when someone comes in. I wish we'd seen more of the woman who put on a ditzy persona and why. We have two people working for the villain Ross Webster who are not really bad people, just waylaid. That's quite mature and nuanced for a superhero movie - but it's not developed. There's a scene where Gus recounts Superman's saving activities, giving Prior a chance to show off rather than Superman - which is more dramatic and surely what most viewers want.
Superman going to the dark side is the most interesting part of the film, as is the gentle romance with Lana Lang (Annette O'Toole) who I came to prefer to Lois, who's not in it much.
Some more sensitive children might find Vera's metamorphosis into a robot a bit scary.