I can't believe I missed the 25th anniversary of the release of the Supergirl movie.
A number of friends have reminded me that the movie was released on November 21, 1984 and I had planned to post on that day. But it just slipped my mind.
However, I do think that the occasion warrants a post of its own. So forgive me for being two days late.
If there is one hole in my Supergirl knowledge, it is the movie. I have said it many times on this blog and unfortunately I have to say it again. I haven't seen the movie in its entirety in probably two decades. I have seen bits and pieces of it on the Internet. And I've always planned on buying the DVD but I've just never come around to it.
It doesn't help that I know that there is a special version of the DVD out there with multiple extras. Clearly that is the version of the movie I should own but it is also the most expensive.
As a Supergirl fan, I can remember loving the movie when it first came out. And it is clear from the scenes that I'm able to see on the Internet that I would probably still enjoy it today albeit in a different way ... more nostalgic.
One thing that is pretty obvious is that Helen Slater was the perfect choice to play Supergirl.
For one thing physically she seems to be the perfect embodiment of Kara Zor-El. But it's more than just having that perfect look. She also played the character with a mix of grace and courage, confidence and exuberance that really marks the Supergirl character. And she struggled, and failed, and got back on her feet and fought on in a believable way. And that is another important aspect of the character.
It is clear when you read interviews about Supergirl with many fans and comic creators, that the movie (while a financial flop) was a major influence on them. I can remember reading in the earliest interviews with Sterling Gates when he had just been named as the writer of the title where he said that he absolutely loved the movie and that was one of his first exposures to the character. Well I don't think that the Supergirl movie has reached the legendary status of the Richard Donner Superman movies it clearly has a fan base.
So happy anniversary to the film, its stars, writers, director, and producers.
And specifically, thank you to Helen Slater for being such a wonderful onscreen presence of Supergirl and for remaining in important and active part of Supergirl fandom.
As always, I would love to hear other people's thoughts or memories about the film. And, just like I did last year around this time, I will try to obtain the film and watch it with some of the holiday loot that I get.