Contributed by: Pete Stone
The actor Stefan Kalipha who plays the role of the Computer teacher was also in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade as a tank gunner. He was in the James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only, as Hector Gonzales, the pilot assassin, who kills Melina Havelock's parents in the scene before the opening credits.
On television, the WB's Smallville introduced a Lana Lang that is an amalgam of all that has come before. Though hinted at in some Lana Lang stories in the comics, Superman III really introduced the notion of Lana as the girl left behind as opposed to being Lois's competition for Superman's affections.
The actor who played Brad Wilson, Gavan O'Herlihy
, originally played "Chuck Cunningham", the basketball-dribbling eldest son of Howard and Marion Cunningham on television's classic "Happy Days". Chuck was written out of the show and never referred to again after the first season. He was deemed unnecessary after Henry Winkler's "Fonzie" character took off as the breakaway character.
Little Aaron Smolinski played baby Kal-El in 1978's Superman and returned as the boy at the Photo Booth in Superman III.
"JINGO" and the "JINGO" machine were satires of the at-that-time very popular newspaper raffles and the view by classic newspeople that such games cheapened the print media. Times have changed a bit.
Superman III was the only film in the entire film series (including Supergirl) without either Krypton, the Fortress of Solitude, or the Phantom Zone. With villains created specifically for the film and the cynically comedic view of super-heroes and their worlds, this film felt the least connected to the established Superman movie universe.
As many Superman fans know, there is a type of Kryptonite that, among other things, can turn Supes mean: Red Kryptonite. It has yet to be established whether red kryptonite contains any tar. In the comic books, red kryptonite has a variety of unpredictable and temporary effects on Superman. These have included his splitting into mean Superboy and nice Clark in Silver Age Superboy comics and his turning mean once again in two episodes of this season's Smallville. In typical comic book fashion, once, red kryptonite made Superman's hair and nails grow (which they apparently had never done on Earth). It took the combined heat beams of Superman, Supergirl, AND Krypto the Superdog to cut his hair and trim his nails. Even that story was infinitely more interesting than Superman III.
Reeve swore that he was hanging up his tights after making Superman III. For that reason, the character of Superman was written out of the script for 1984's "Supergirl
". The Salkinds sold their license to make a super-movie to the Cannon Group and devoted their attention to a syndicated Superboy television series, which aired from 1988 to 1992. Cannon, in 1987, released the disastrous "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
" and convinced Reeve to reprise the role by permitting him to make a pet project of his, "Street Smarts".
The only character who appeared in all five Super-films was Jimmy Olsen, played each time by Marc McClure
(who also portrayed Marty McFly's brother in the Back to the Future trilogy).