Unfortunately for cinema, Cannon Films took an option Warner Bros. had with the Superman franchise and set about making a fourth film. This time around Superman was fighting against nuclear weapons. Due to the fact that no one was even remotely interested in this fourth edition, Cannon Films cut the budget to a pretty small $15million. That lead to terrible special effects, a horrific script and constant re-editing which in the end made Superman IV a complete and utter disaster. Warner Bros. cut their loses and decided to shelve the franchise.