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

Warning: the following contains SPOILERS for Supergirl season 6, episode 15, “Hope For Tomorrow”.

the Supergirl The season 6 episode “Hope For Tomorrow” enhanced the story of the Superman movie. Superman 4: The Quest for Peace in all aspects. The latest movie starring Christopher Reeve as Kal-El of Krypton, Superman 4 is widely regarded as the worst of the classics Superman Movie (s. Given that, it would be nearly impossible for Supergirl renew The search for peace and it didn’t make it better, but the episode “Hope For Tomorrow” successfully addressed almost every common complaint about the movie.

The central story of the second half of Supergirl Season 6 found Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist) competing with the exiled Princess Nyxly of the 5th Dimension (Sergeant Peta) for control of seven magical totems, linked to the seven cosmic forces of Hope, Love, Courage, Humanity, Dreams, Destiny and Truth. . Each totem required its bearer to pass a test that demonstrated their mastery of each force. The test of hope in him Supergirl The season 6 episode “Hope For Tomorrow” proved particularly difficult, as it required the victor to “inspire a hope that burns brighter and brighter than the sun. “While this could normally have been an easy task for Supergirl, this ordeal came at a time when nuclear war seemed imminent between the nations of Kaznia and Corto Maltese and hope was slim.

The story of Superman 4: The Quest for Peace, also relied on the fear of nuclear war and Superman’s performance to end the threat after receiving a letter from a worried child. Sadly, the movie did so badly that it lost any chance of Superman 5. While the story of Superman 4 made a noble effort to address a serious problem, the film suffered budget cuts and editing problems that eliminated most of the film’s more thoughtful moments in favor of recycled flight scenes and mindless padding. the Supergirl The season 6 episode “Hope For Tomorrow” takes most of the elements from the story of Superman IV And it builds on the basics to create something much better.

About halfway through Supergirl Season 6 episode “Hope For Tomorrow”, Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) asked the same question as the worried boy in Superman 4: The Search for Peace; Why can’t Supergirl just take off all her nukes and throw them in the sun? Kara gave the same basic response as Superman in the movie, saying she was “forbidden to interfere with human history.“However, Kara explained to her friend Lena Luthor that human nations needed to be free to determine their own destinies without an all-powerful alien imposing their beliefs on them. Kara also pointed out that even if she could get rid of all the weapons in the world, it wouldn’t solve the conflicts that lead to war (ironically, Kara ended up having to launch several nuclear missiles at the sun before the end of the episode).

This point was brought home by another scene, in which the United States diplomat overseeing the peace talks between Kaznia and Corto Maltese asked J’onn J’onzz (David Harewood) to use his telepathic powers to make that the leaders of the two delegations sign a peace treaty. The Martian Manhunter refused, saying that although he was content to use his powers to pacify the two leaders after Nxyly used the Totem of Courage to make them afraid of appearing weak during negotiations, he refused to directly control their actions. Both of Supergirl The scenes did a much better job of showing why heroes have a responsibility not to use their powers than every speech Superman made regarding that point in time. Superman 4: The Quest for Peace.

the Supergirl The season 6 episode “Hope For Tomorrow” featured a subplot that centered on Esme, a foster girl adopted by Alex Danvers / Sentinel (Chyler Leigh) and Kelly Olsen / Guardian (Azie Tesfai), and the efforts of the Super Friends to help the girl. acclimatize to your new home. A victim of an abusive situation in her previous foster home, Esme was shy and afraid of being sent back to the group home where she had been. Restoring Esme’s hope for the future went beyond being a test of Supergirl’s ability to inspire hope and became a test for the entire team, as well as a central part of the “Hope for Tomorrow” theme. On the contrary, despite being the inspiration for Superman’s effort to end nuclear war in Superman 4: The Quest for Peace, the boy who wrote to Superman disappeared from the movie after Superman took him to the United Nations to hear him speak.

Originally created as a romantic interest for Kara Danvers in Supergirl Season 5, reporter William Dey (Staz Nair) has been one of the most divisive characters created for the Arrowverse, and many fans find the character upset and wonder what he was for after he and Kara agreed to just be friends on Supergirl season 6. Comparisons could be made between William Dey and Lacy Warfield (Mariel Hemingway), whose sole purpose in Superman 4: The Quest for Peace She was acting as a hostage and pushing an unconvincing love triangle between herself, Lois Lane, and Clark Kent. However the Supergirl The season 6 episode “Hope For Tomorrow” redeemed William, who was far from a passive figure after being taken captive by Nyxly. In fact, it was William’s quick thinking that allowed the Super Friends to take the Courage Totem from Nyxly.

Weather Superman 4: The Quest for Peace saw legendary actor Gene Hackman return as Lex Luthor, his role in the film was far from extensive. Aside from creating the monstrous Nuclear Man, Luthor had surprisingly little to do with the movie’s action and most of his scenes were comedic nonsense. By contrast, the Arrowerse Lex Luthor does not appear on camera in the Supergirl season 6 episode “Hope For Tomorrow”, but nevertheless had a great impact on the final scene of the episode.

When “Hope For Tomorrow” came to an end, Supergirl chose to throw the Totem of Hope into the sun, knowing that Nxyly needed all seven totems as part of her plan to defeat Supergirl and the Super Friends. Shortly after Nxyly found out what Supergirl had done, a box fell through a portal in front of her. The box contained a watch and a note from a secret admirer saying no “lose the hope. When Nyxly put on the watch, she formed one of Lex Luthor’s signature armored Lexo-Skeletons around her, revealing the identity of her mysterious new ally in a clever way. It was undoubtedly more subtle than most scenes from Gene Hackman trolling Superman in Superman 4: The Quest for Peace. This, along with the other connections throughout the episode, highlight how Supergirl was able to successfully revitalize the failed movie’s story arc.

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