Ross Webster

Ross Webster

Ross Webster is the main villain played by Robert Vaughn in "Superman III", written similar in tone to Lex Luthor in the first two "Superman" movies.


Ross Webster is the head of Webscoe Industries and one of the wealthiest industrialists in the world. An eccentric (his tower had a ski lodge on the roof), he is often prone to quirky comments. Way down in one of his many organizations, an incident involving stolen funds by a computer hacker named Gus Gorman is brought to Webster's attention. Gorman is brought to his office, where Webster quizzes the hacker about his $85,789.90 paycheck and realizes that what he has on his hands is not a criminal, but a savant who can be of great value. Rather than send him to jail, he gives Gorman the option of working for him personally.

With Gorman's assistance, Webster seeks to monopolize the entire coffee industry by destroying Colombia's crops. He sends Gorman to one of Webscoe's subsidiary companies in Smallville, Kansas to create a computer program using the available weather satellite. From this, a massive storm converges over Colombia. But Superman intervenes, however, flying into its midst to undo all the damage the storm caused, upsetting Webster's plans in the process.

Webster's next idea - in order to proceed and to use Gorman's talents - is to get rid of Superman, and the only way to get rid of Superman is to re-create, by computer, Kryptonite. Gorman does this, but instead of killing Superman, the end product made him evil, though nonetheless put him out of the way. In the meantime, Webster executes a new plan to deactivate all of the oil pumps in North America and reroute the oil tankers to the middle of the Atlantic ocean. To do this, he requires Gorman's help, yet again. But Gorman refuses unless Webster builds the hacker a state-of-the-art supercomputer he'd been secretly designing. Webster agrees. However, the Man of Steel comes back to thwart Webster's machinations once more. At their Grand Canyon hideout, Webster, his sister Vera, and Lorelei Ambrosia, along with Gus Gorman, set out to further his plans for economic control and to lure Superman into a trap. Superman does arrive, and enters a fierce bout with the newly constucted Ultimate Computer's Kryptonite ray and Vera Webster's transformation into a vicious cyborg. Just when Ross Webster seemed about to succeed, Gorman turned on him, helping Superman destroy the computer instead.

Effectively bringing an end to Webster's scheme, Superman later states to Gus Gorman that Ross, Vera, and Lorelei will be picked up by the police.


Published on June 17, 1983, Jane Maslin of the New York Times said: "This wealthy villain, played nattily by Robert Vaughn, is so rich he's never worn the same socks twice. He even has his own rooftop ski slope right in the middle of downtown Metropolis, which makes for one of the film's more inspired sight gags."

ee also

*"Superman III"
*Gus Gorman
*Evil Superman

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Ross Webster —  Pour l’article homonyme, voir Webster.  Allan Ross Webster (24 mars 1903 3 janvier 1988) fut un importateur, marchand et homme politique fédéral du Québec. Né à Duluth dans le Minnesota aux États Unis, M. Webster devint député du Parti …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ross Ford (rugby) — Ross Ford Pas d image ? Cliquez ici. Fiche d identité Nom complet Ro …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ross — Ross, v. t. To divest of the ross, or rough, scaly surface; as, to ross bark. [Local, U.S.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ross — Ross; 115), n. [Etymol. uncertain.] The rough, scaly matter on the surface of the bark of trees. [Prov. Eng. & Local, U.S.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ross Zbar — is an American plastic surgeon and member of both the American Society of Plastic Surgery and the American College of Surgeons. He was the first Webster Fellow (1999 2000) of Interplast , a humanitarian volunteer organization based in Mountain… …   Wikipedia

  • Webster ruling — The Webster ruling is a test case in association football law involving Andy Webster, a defender formerly with Heart of Midlothian football club in Edinburgh, Scotland. In September 2006 he became the first player to exploit the updated transfer… …   Wikipedia

  • Ross's gull — Wedge tailed Wedge tailed , a. (Zo[ o]l.) Having a tail which has the middle pair of feathers longest, the rest successively and decidedly shorter, and all more or less attenuate; said of certain birds. See Illust. of {Wood hoopoe}, under {Wood} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • David L. Webster — For other people named David Webster, see David Webster (disambiguation). David Locke Webster Born November 6, 1888 …   Wikipedia

  • John Ross (Cherokee chief) — Infobox Person name = John Ross image size = 250px caption = Ross c. 1866 birth date = birth date|1790|10|3|mf=y birth place = Turkeytown, Alabama dead=dead death date = death date|1866|8|1|mf=y death place = Washington, D.C. Spouses = Quatie… …   Wikipedia

  • Perely Ason Ross — Perley Ason Ross (6 April, 1883 13 March, 1939) was a U.S. experimental physicist who worked, carefully and without seeking publicity, at some essential problems in the behaviour of X rays. cite web | author=Webster, D. L. | title=Memorial… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.