Superman II Movie Minute #4 – The Nuclear Man


Fire and Water Network All-Stars Chris Franklin and Rob Kelly bring you SUPERMAN II MOVIE MINUTE, where they analyze, scrutinize, and you'll-believe-a-man-can-fly-ize the classic 1980 film starring Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, and Terence Stamp, five minutes at a time!

In minutes 15:00 - 20:00, Superman saves Paris, but with unintended consequences!

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8 responses to “Superman II Movie Minute #4 – The Nuclear Man

  1. Maybe Lois figured the experience would make a great novel, and she could win the Nobel Prize for literature.
    Although this is alsoa ridiculous theory when you consider the bias of The Swedish Academy.

  2. When I was a kid, I always thought it took *FOREVER* for Superman to get from Metropolis to the Eiffel Tower. I was like “C’mon Superman! What, did you take the LONG way to get to Paris?!? You! Have! Super! Speed! Get there already!”

  3. Great episode, guys! I always assumed that Lois began spelling out “Nobel” because she couldn’t spell “Pulitzer”. When she realized that she couldn’t spell “Pulitzer,” she switched to Nobel because it was easier. In her panicked state, I’m not sure if she was even worrying about whether she qualified for the award. 😉

    1. That could very well be it, Claire! Good thinking.

      My assumption has always been like this: you’re doing something tough, say running in a race, and the way you keep competing is to mentally fixate on the prize, say $1000. And that’s nice for a while, but you still get tired and your body wants to slow down. Solution: think about $50,000, and if that works and you get your second wind, then who cares if there’s no actual $50,000 prize. I figured that was basically similar to Lois’s moment in that dangerous spot, escalating the prize to keep hanging on.

      1. I really like that theory too, Doug! Considering the huge risk she’s taking, I can understand why Lois would up the stakes to keep hanging on. It’s quite possible that she needed to focus on the Nobel Prize to get her through that situation.

    2. I LOVE this take! Well done, Claire! It’s already established that spelling is not one of Lois’ strengths, so this idea is perfect. It has nothing to do with her thinking about which award she could win, just what she can spell to keep herself motivated. Excellent!

      1. Thanks, Tim! I’m glad the theory works for you! Maybe I’ve been reading the scene wrong all these years, but it always seemed as if Lois realized that she couldn’t spell “Pulitzer” and simply moved on to “Nobel” because it was easier. Of course, Doug’s theory works equally well. I mean, if you’re trying to stay motivated, why not go for one of the top prizes?

  4. I always found it creepy and unsettling when the Phantom Zone villains are in space and not talking. The cliche of “too quiet” is right on the money, and it works wonderfully.

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