How Supergirl Revamped Superman IV's Story And Made It Work

Warning: The subsequent includes SPOILERS for Supergirl period six, episode fifteen, “Hope For Tomorrow.”

The Supergirl period six episode “Hope For Tomorrow” increased the tale of the Superman movie Superman 4: The Quest For Peace in every single respect. The final movie to star Christopher Reeve as Kal-El of Krypton, Superman 4 is greatly regarded as to be the worst of the basic Superman movies. Specified that, it would be all but not possible for Supergirl to revamp The Quest For Peace and not increase it, but the episode “Hope For Tomorrow” properly tackled practically every single typical criticism about the movie.

The central storyline of the second 50 % of Supergirl period six observed Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist) competing with the exiled 5th Dimensional Princess Nyxly (Peta Sergeant) for regulate of 7 magical totems, tied to the 7 cosmic forces of Hope, Really like, Courage, Humanity, Goals, Future and Reality. Each individual totem necessary its wielder to go a examination proving their mastery of each and every drive. The Check of Hope in the Supergirl period six episode “Hope For Tomorrow” proved significantly tricky, as it necessary the victor to “inspire a hope that burns for a longer period and brighter than the solar.” Whilst this may possibly ordinarily have been an straightforward job for Supergirl, this examination came at a time when nuclear war appeared imminent amongst the nations of Kaznia and Corto Maltese and hope was in short source.

The tale of Superman 4: The Quest For Peace, was likewise based mostly all over the concern of nuclear war and Superman acting to close the risk right after acquiring a letter from a involved boy. Sadly, the movie did so poorly it sunk any possibility of a Superman five. Whilst the tale of Superman 4 made a noble energy to deal with a serious situation, the film endured from spending plan cuts and editing challenges that eradicated most of the film’s extra thoughtful moments in favor of recycled flight scenes and nonsensical padding. The Supergirl period six episode “Hope For Tomorrow” takes most of the tale elements from Superman IV and builds on the foundation principles to build some thing considerably superior.

About halfway by the Supergirl period six episode “Hope For Tomorrow,” Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) asked the similar dilemma as the fearful boy in Superman 4: The Quest For Peace why are not able to Supergirl just acquire absent all the nuclear weapons and toss them into the solar? Kara gave the similar simple remedy as Superman in the movie, indicating that she was “forbidden from interfering in human record.” However, Kara even further discussed to her mate Lena Luthor that human nations needed to be absolutely free to figure out their individual destinies without the need of some all-effective alien imposing their beliefs on them. Kara also pointed out that even if she could get rid of all the nuclear weapons in the earth, it wouldn’t fix the conflicts that direct to war. (Ironically, Kara did wind up having to toss numerous nuclear missiles into the solar ahead of the episode’s close.)

This point was driven dwelling by another scene, in which the United States diplomat overseeing the peace talks amongst Kaznia and Corto Maltese asked J’onn J’onzz (David Harewood) to use his telepathic powers to make the leaders of the two delegations signal a peace treaty. The Martian Manhunter refused, indicating that when he was glad to use his powers to pacify the two leaders right after Nxyly applied the Totem of Courage to make them scared of on the lookout weak for the duration of the negotiations, he refused to specifically regulate their actions. Each of the Supergirl scenes did a considerably superior job of demonstrating why heroes have a accountability not to use their powers than every single speech Superman built with regards to that point in Superman 4: The Quest For Peace.

The Supergirl period six episode “Hope For Tomorrow” featured a subplot that centered all over Esme, a foster child adopted by Alex Danvers/Sentinel (Chyler Leigh) and Kelly Olsen/Guardian (Azie Tesfai), and the Super Friends’ attempts to assist the young female get acclimated to her new dwelling. A sufferer of an abusive predicament in her former foster dwelling, Esme was shy and fearful of remaining despatched back to the group dwelling she had been in. Restoring Esme’s hope in the potential went beyond remaining a examination of Supergirl’s capacity to inspire hope and grew to become a examination for the full team, as properly as a central section of the concept of “Hope For Tomorrow.” By contrast, in spite of remaining the inspiration of Superman’s energy to deliver an close to nuclear war in Superman 4: The Quest For Peace, the boy who wrote to Superman disappeared from the movie right after Superman took him to the United Nations to hear him talk.

Initially set up as a romantic curiosity for Kara Danvers in Supergirl season five, reporter William Dey (Staz Nair) has been just one of the extra divisive characters designed for the Arrowverse, with many admirers getting the character frustrating and asking yourself what goal he served right after he and Kara agreed to be just good friends in Supergirl period six. Comparisons could be drawn amongst William Dey and Lacy Warfield (Mariel Hemingway) whose only goal in Superman 4: The Quest For Peace was acting as a hostage and pushing an unconvincing like triangle amongst herself, Lois Lane and Clark Kent. However, the Supergirl period six episode “Hope For Tomorrow” redeemed William, who was considerably from a passive determine right after remaining taken captive by Nyxly. In fact, it was William’s rapid thinking that enabled the Super Close friends to acquire the Totem of Courage absent from Nyxly.

Whilst Superman 4: The Quest For Peace saw famous actor Gene Hackman return as Lex Luthor, his function in the film was considerably from substantial. Apart from developing the monstrous Nuclear Guy, Luthor had astonishingly minor to do with the motion of the film and most of his scenes have been comedic non-sequiturs. By contrast,  the Arrowerse Lex Luthor does not appear on digital camera in the Supergirl period six episode “Hope For Tomorrow,” but however had a main influence on the episode’s final scene.

As “Hope For Tomorrow” came to a near, Supergirl elected to toss the Totem of Hope into the solar, being aware of that Nxyly needed all 7 totems as section of her scheme to defeat Supergirl and the Super Close friends. Shortly right after Nxyly acquired what Supergirl had done, a box fell by a portal in entrance of her. The box contained a watch and a note from a secret admirer telling her not to “lose hope.” When Nyxly put on the watch, it formed just one of Lex Luthor’s trademark armored Lexo-Skeletons all over her, revealing the id of her mysterious new ally in a clever manner. It was absolutely extra subtle than most of Gene Hackman’s scenes trolling Superman in Superman 4: The Quest For Peace. This, coupled with the other connections in the course of the episode, spotlight how Supergirl was capable to properly revitalize the unsuccessful film’s tale arc.