Superman III (1983)

UK, 1983
35mm film, Panavision (anamorphic), colour, 2.35:1
Dolby Stereo, English

An American science fiction film directed by Richard Lester.

Plot Summary

Jobless Gus Gorman discovers a gift for computing and is hired by wealthy businessman Ross Webster to help in his grandiose schemes to alter the world’s economies by sinking supertankers. Superman comes to the rescue but Gus has developed a synthetic form of Kryptonite that brings out the Man of Steel’s corrupt, evil alter ego. Can he recover in time to put a stop to Webster’s schemes – or will the madman’s supercomputer finally see Superman off.


Directed by: Richard Lester
© Cantharus Productions NV MCMLXXXIII [1983]
Alexander Salkind presents. An Alexander and Ilya Salkind production. Made by Dovemead Limited. Distributed by Warner Bros.
Executive Producer: Ilya Salkind
Produced by: Pierre Spengler
Associate Producer: Robert Simmonds
Screenplay by: David and Leslie Newman
Superman Created by: Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster
Bsed on the character Superman appearing in comics and magazines published by DC Comics Inc.
Director of Photography: Robert Paynter
Edited by: John Victor Smith
Music by: Ken Thorne
Original Superman Themes by: John Wiliams
Sound Mixer: Roy Charman
Costume Designer: Evangeline Harrison
Make-up: Paul Engelen, Stuart Freeborn
Hairdressers: Bobbie Smith, Joan White
Director of Special Effects and Miniatures: Colin Chilvers
Supervisor of Optical & Visual Effects: Roy Field
Production Designer: Peter Murton

Christopher Reeve (Superman/Clark Kent)
Richard Pryor (Gus Gorman)
Jackie Cooper (Perry White)
Marc McClure (Jimmy Olsen)
Annette O’Toole (Lana Lang)
Annie Ross (Vera Webster)
Pamela Stephenson (Lorelei Ambrosia)
Robert Vaughn (Ross Webster)
Margot Kidder (Lois Lane)
Gavan O’Herlihy (Brad)
Nancy Roberts (unemployment clerk)
Graham Stark (blind man)
Henry Woolf (penguin man)
Gordon Rawlings (man in cap)
Peter Wear (bank robber)
Justin Case (mime)
Bob Todd (dignified gent)
Terry Camilleri (delivery man)
Stefan Kalipha (data school instructor)
Helen Horton (Miss Henderson)

Alternative Titles

Stålmannen går på en kryptonit – Sweden
Superman III – Der stählerne Blitz – Germany

Sequel to
Superman (1978)
Superman II (1980)

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)

Includes extracts from
Precious Images (1986)



  • L’Écran Fantastique no.52 (January 1985) pp.78-79 – illustrated review (Video show: Notre favori: Superman III by Cathy Karani)
  • Screen International no.359 (4-11 September 1982) p.12 – credits (In production)


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.384; 385
  • The Encyclopedia of Epic Films by Constantine Santas, James M. Wilson, Maria Colavito, Djoymi Baker pp.596-597
  • The Encyclopedia of Superheroes on Film and Television by John Kenneth Muir pp.576-577
  • The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.558-559
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films III by Donald C. Willis p.263-264
  • Nuclear Movies: A Filmography by Mick Broderick p.97
  • Sci-fi Chronicles by Guy Haley (ed.) p.93
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.465-466
  • Variety Science-Fiction Movies by Julian Brown (ed.) p.107-108 – credits, review