Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, 1987

Director

Sidney J Furie

Cast

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Buckinghamshire: Milton Keynes Central Railway Station, rail from London Euston

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace location: Milton Keynes Central Railway Station, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace location: the 'United Nations Building, Metropolis': Milton Keynes Central Railway Station, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

This well-meaning, anti-nuke, pro-environment installment was a pet project for Christopher Reeve, but the series had run out of steam and the budget...

‘Metropolis’ has a greater expanse of sky than it used to, and though it has the modern glass blocks, it has none of its old deco underpinning. It’s no longer ‘New York’, but the open-plan, utterly alienating centre of Milton Keynes, the Buckinghamshire New Town built in the 70s.

The ‘United Nations Building’ is Milton Keynes Central Railway Station, and Superman addresses the crowds in its huge open plaza.

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace location: LivingWell Health Club, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace location: the ‘Daily Planet’ lobby: LivingWell Health Club, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Although the ‘Daily Planet’ building appears to be on the same plaza, its lobby is the entrance to exclusive health club LivingWell, Milton Keynes Premier , 477-488 Avebury Boulevard (though the twin escalators are now gone).

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace location: the old Winter Gardens, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace location: ‘Metropolis Museum of Modern Art’: the old Winter Gardens, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

If you peek inside, you’ll recognise the lush foliage of the old Winter Gardens, now part of the health club, which became the ‘Metropolis Museum of Modern Art’, where Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) manages to acquire a strand of Superman’s hair.

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace location: Argos, Avebury Boulevard, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace location: the ‘Metropolis Hyatt’: Argos, Avebury Boulevard, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

The ‘Metropolis Hyatt’, where Superman visits Lacey Warfield (Mariel Hemingway) hotel is the HQ of Argos, 489-499 Avebury Boulevard at Saxon Gate West.

The studio work at Elstree ran into problems when the set for Willow, filming at the same time, began to impinge on the Superman IV set. It was all settled amicably, of course.




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