I’m old enough to not only remember the 1984 version of Supergirl, but to have actually seen it in theatres. This film wasn’t just bad, it rightfully destroyed a planned franchise. Helen Slater has an interesting look but her acting abilities paled in comparison to a Pet Rock. But to put her up against Faye Dunaway at the height of her camp period and the film was just doomed to fail.
But with the success of Spider-Man and the wave of excitement surrounding The Hulk, comic book adaptations are now coming out of every freakin nook and cranny and studios are rushing to jump on the bandwagon before it’s too late. Now, you’d think after the twin debacles of Batman Forever and Batman and Robin plus the never-ending developmental problems of Batman 5 and Superman 5, Warners would be very careful about any potential new franchise. After all, it was Akiva Goldsman’s absolutely atrocious scripts for the last two Batman movies that killed that series even more than Joel “Thank God Peter Hyams is alive so I am not the worst director in the world” Schumacher’s dreary directing and obsession with male nipples ever could have.
So who does Warners call to develop a new Supergirl movier
Amazing what an Oscar for riding Opie Cunningham’s coattails will do to your career.
For those of you unfamiliar with the current Supergirl comic story arc, a basic breakdown of the last few years:
Supergirl is Linda Danvers, but this isn’t just a secret identity which she has taken as a cover for her superheroics. Linda was an ordinary teenager living in the small town of Leesburg, while the superhero known as Supergirl was a shapeshifting artificial being with the memories of another world’s Lana Lang, endowed with superpowers both similar to and very different from Superman’s . She was later named Matrix and had telekinesis, invisibility, and shapeshifting as her main powers. Both Linda and the being who had taken on the name of Supergirl lacked something crucial in their lives which only the other could give: Supergirl lacked a soul and a human identity and Linda lacked a sense of hope and purpose. Through a convergence of supernatural events, this Linda Danvers and the new Supergirl were brought together in a merging of physical form and consciousness that brought a new meaning to both their lives. A new Supergirl was born. Supergirl now has a past as Linda Danvers and a human family, with all that entails, and Linda Danvers is now endowed with superpowers of flight, superstrength, and the ability to transform into Supergirl whenever the world needs saving. This event has had far-reaching repercussions: Supergirl is now more powerful than ever, for the act of giving her life for another caused her to become an earth-born angel. The Girl of Steel found herself with wings of flame and an even greater role as the Angel of Fire. In the battle to defeat the Carnivore, her demonic nemesis for the first fifty issues, Supergirl sacrificed her angelic powers. She finds herself powered-down and searching for her “better half”, the superheroine portion of the Linda/Supergirl team.
This isn’t the planned plotline for the movie. Hopefully, Goldsman will just act as producer on this one and let something with a modicum of talent or understanding of comics tell the story.
Oh, and if that’s not bad enough, Warners is also allowing Goldsman to develop Superhero Summercamp.
Addendum: June 12, 2002
Peter David got his agent to check things out, and sure enough, the scoop has been somewhat confirmed. The synopsis above is a basic breakdown of the current series of books, one that was likely passed onto Goldsman as part of the history of the character, but there has not been a specific plotline decided on yet. Mr. David’s full explanation can be found here (site closed).
So yes, there is a Supergirl movie in development.