The original Superman film franchise died an embarrassing death in July of 1987 when Superman IV: The Quest for Peace hit theaters. A flat villain, nonsensical plot, and overall tiredness signaled the end for Christopher Reeve’s tenure on the big screen as the Man of Steel, which was a landmark run in retrospect.

However, in this installment the tightly-woven stories, humor, and soul of the first two were missing. In their place was a movie that seemed to be well aware that it shouldn’t even exist. Reeve tried his best, but no one could save this train wreck. It would be almost 20 years before the character reappeared on the big screen.