The Nuclear Man in the movie Superman IV: The Quest for Peace — was he a villain in Superman comics too?

Or did they create a new character just for the movie?


Nuclear Man only appears in the movie Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, and the comic book adaptation of the movie by the same name.

However, he might be based somewhat on other characters from the Superman comics:

  • In deleted scenes from the movie (scenes that were included in the comic adaptation), a "prototype" Nuclear Man is created by Lex Luthor first. This Nuclear Man looks a bit like Bizarro, and could possibly be inspired by that character.

  • The superhero Firestorm the Nuclear Man first appeared in his own comic book in 1978, so he predates the movie and could possibly be an inspiration. However, he's a hero, not a villain, and doesn't really have a whole lot in common with the Nuclear Man from the movie, although some of their solar powered energy powers are similar to each other.

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There are only two appearances of Nuclear Man in Superman:

  • Superman: The Quest for Peace - The Movie
  • Superman: The Quest for Peace - The Comic

As the title suggests, the comic is based off the movie Superman IV: The Quest For Peace. It is adapted from the story by Christopher Reeve, Lawrence Konner & Mark Rosenthal and the screenplay by Lawrence Konner & Mark Rosenthal. However, the comic book adaption contains scenes that were ultimately cut from the motion picture due to budget constrants.

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Was just recently unveiled that Nuclear Man will be getting introduced into DC Comics. Brian Michael Bendis is writing a story with him in it for Superman #2.

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  • Where was it unveiled? – Möoz Jun 20 '18 at 3:40
  • This looks more like a comic than an answer; it doesn't directly address the question of whether Nuclear Man was based on an existing comic character (though there is an implicit "no"). – F1Krazy Jun 20 '18 at 7:50
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    @F1Krazy it seems to be suggesting the film character was the inspiration of a new comic villain, if evidence can be provided of such, this is an answer. "No, but it has inspired a new comic villain as seen here..." – Edlothiad Jun 20 '18 at 7:53

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