US / GB
Dir: Sidney J. Furie
Starring: Christopher Reeve and Gene Hackman
Superman is determined that the world will lay down nuclear weapons
This superhero film is based on the DC Comics character Superman. It was the fourth and final installment in the original Superman series and despite being a commercial success it was considered by many to be the worst. It is also the only one that features British railway material. There is a scene that is supposedly set on the New York Subway, but which was in fact filmed on the London Underground at both Holborn and Aldwych stations. 1973-built tube stock features in this scene with ‘Metro City Transit’ branding and ‘4th Avenue’ route destinations to add some degree of authenticity, but the whole sequence is rather odd. One vehicle of the train is Driving Motor No.891 and the stations masquerade as ‘Metropolis South’ and ‘4th Avenue’ respectively. If this wasn’t odd enough, other scenes in the film have Milton Keynes Central station standing in for the United Nations building!