How did Superman reverse the destruction of the Great Wall of China?

2018-10-19 05:31:39

Everyone knows that Superman doesn't have magical abilities. He can't simply construct something just by thinking about it.

In the movie Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Nuclear Man destroyed the Great Wall of China in many places. Moments later, Superman reversed this just by seeing those places (meaning that the wall was rebuilt in opposite fashion of its destruction). How did he do this? Is there a science behind it?

There is no science behind it. It was common practice with Superman, Flash and Green Lantern comic stories to show the hero repairing the damage, often at super-speed. In the movies, particularly with budgetary issues being what they are, running the film backward, and undoing the event would be the movie versions of super-repair and replace.

And yes, it is cheesy, but no cheesier than having superheroes being able to repair anything they destroy in the first place.

In the movie, Superman uses an apparently new power to repair the Great Wall

  • There is no science behind it. It was common practice with Superman, Flash and Green Lantern comic stories to show the hero repairing the damage, often at super-speed. In the movies, particularly with budgetary issues being what they are, running the film backward, and undoing the event would be the movie versions of super-repair and replace.

    And yes, it is cheesy, but no cheesier than having superheroes being able to repair anything they destroy in the first place.

    2018-10-19 06:04:19
  • In the movie, Superman uses an apparently new power to repair the Great Wall. Specifically, he seems to have developed some form of telekenesis, which permits him to move objects at high speed using just his vision.

    He uses a similar power later in the movie, to catch a pair of falling police officers and lower them safely to the ground from a distance.

    Although this is a brand new power for Superman, it is vaguely similar to a power Zod displays (this time, a beam of energy from his fingers) in Superman II.

    Note that the graphic novel adaptation of this movie does not include the same power; in that scene, Superman repairs the Great Wall by physically moving all of the blocks into their proper place, obviously at super speed.

    2018-10-19 06:17:31
  • I recall one instance in the old black and white tv series (The Adventures of Superman) in which Superman (at that point dressed as Clark Kent) reassembled a torn up piece of paper in a trash can only by looking at it. So it's not a really new display of a not so well known power. Though there is not much reference to him ever having this ability.

    2018-10-19 06:28:49
  • In the original script he did it by physically putting each brick back in place

    Scene 313:

    SUPERMAN Flies toward the scene. The NUCLEAR MAN sees him and starts a

    barrage of stones and bricks in the direction of SUPERMAN. He hurls

    hundreds of them, at super-speed, into SUPERMAN'S path. SUPERMAN

    knocks them aside and heads for the WALL.

    Scene 314:

    A TOURIST Running from the scene, slips and falls off the edge of the

    WALL. SUPERMAN flies in, catches her, and returns her safely to her

    husband.

    Scene 315:

    A BLUR OF MOTION As SUPERMAN, re-assembles the WALL. In a moment,

    every brick and stone is back in place. He looks up to see NUCLEAR MAN

    flying away. He takes off to follow.

    2018-10-19 06:35:28