Film (1984). Artistry/Cantharus. Directed by Jeannot Szwarc. Written by David Odell, based on the Supergirl comic. Cast includes Peter Cook, Faye Dunaway, Peter O'Toole, Helen Slater and Brenda Vaccaro. 124 minutes. Colour.
This is the last and least successful of the four Superman-and-spin-off films made by the Salkinds before they sold the rights to Golan and Globus of Cannon Films, who went on to make Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. Supergirl is basically fantasy. The Omegahedron, a power source from Krypton's Argo City, is lost and Supergirl (née Kara) goes to Earth in search of it. It has fallen into the hands of a sorceress, Selena (Dunaway). Female Superpowers are interestingly seen in terms of natural fertility rather than physical strength: bunnies and flowers surround sweet teenager Supergirl (Slater). The film has imaginative moments (the mountain fortress that appears in the high street, the Doré-inspired Phantom Zone) but is also incoherent and trite, and haltingly directed by a graduate from television, Szwarc, whose most acceptable sf film was his first, Bug (1975).
The novelization is Supergirl (1984) by Norma Fox Mazer. [PN]
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