|Movie||Superman IV: The Quest for Peace|
|Portrayed by|| Mark Pillow|
Gene Hackman (voice)
The Nuclear Man was created by Lex Luthor with the intention of killing Superman. He was created by Superman's own DNA.
Superman IV: The Quest for PeaceEdit
After stealing a strand of Superman's hair from a museum in Metropolis, Lex Luthor and his nephew Lenny went about creating a clone of Superman in order to defeat him. The Nuclear Man was born. Immediately, the Nuclear Man made his way to Lex Luthor's building, where he showed that he has the power to generate heat and electricity by touch, has eye beams (improved over Superman's), can levitate objects by hand beams, can shoot fire and heatflares that explode, and has the regular super strength. However, Nuclear Man has one weakness, his constant need for radiation. If Nuclear Man is in a place where there is no radiation or the sun does not shine, he will "freeze" in a manner of deactivation. Being exposed to radiation resumes his powers.
It wasn't long until Superman and this Nuclear Man battled, from destroying the Great Wall of China to saving Moscow from a nuclear missile, saving a little girl in Kansas from a nuclear tordado to saving Italy from a volcanic eruption. But the big trouble was the near-destruction of the Statue of Liberty. While saving the Statue, Superman was completely distracted by it and Nuclear Man successfully clawed into his neck. After falling to a near-death, Nuclear Man kicked The Man of Steel into the air, with the cape hooked onto Lady Liberty's flame.
The next day, Nuclear Man was made as an asset to help Luthor fire the nuclear arms dealers he had hired. And afterwards, he saw a picture of Lacy Warfield, developing a crush on her. And so, into Metropolis square, Nuclear Man started attacking people and destroying city objects until Superman would take him to "the woman". But Nuclear Man's aggresion got the best of him, as Superman successfully tricked him into going into an elevator, where he short-circuited the power, causing Nuclear Man to collapse and allow Superman to fly the elevator to the moon.
But the sun eventually shone into the elevator room, and Superman and Nuclear Man had another battle. Nuclear Man threw, zapped, jumped on, and threw rocks at Superman until he finally got Superman where he wanted him: hammered into the moon's surface. Nuclear Man flew to earth, and found Lacy Warfield and took her to Lex's layer, where they got into a shuttle of some kind and flew into space. Superman successfully destroyed the shuttle but Lacy and Nuclear man flew into space. But Superman eclipsed the sun and brought Lacy back to earth while Superman threw Nuclear Man was placed into a nuclear reactor, where he overloaded the reactors.
Behind the ScenesEdit
Mark Pillow had never acted in a film prior to Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, and was cast based on his physical similarity to Christopher Reeve. Pillow played the role of Nuclear Man, which was loosely based on the Atom Man character from the DC's comic books.