Throwback Thursdays: Woman of Steel 1984’s Supergirl

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bill-swift - June 14, 2013

Since Man of Steel opens tomorrow, we thought we'd do a little Throwback Thursday rundown of cinema's other Kryptonian -- the sexy one -- Supergirl. The best part about us having watched it? We saved you the trouble of ever having to -- because it's flat out perplexing.

Released in 1984, its producers wanted to surf the wave of Superman's super success and replace the Man of Steel's red man-panties with a red lady-skirt, and a lady to put it in. (A little something for the male theater-going public, if you will.) The plot goes a little something like this: Superman's cousin Kara 'Supergirl' Zor-El lives in some Krypton refugee camp out in the galaxy. Her friend, played by Peter O'Toole loses some sort of powerful device that she must rescue from a witch of some kind. She tracks the device to Earth (of all places!) and ends up in Clark Kent's hometown and hangs out with Lois Lane's little sister. Crazy coincidence, right?  She also goes to the Phantom Zone for a bit. And Superman doesn't even show up once.

We're pretty sure Supergirl saves the world. We're not absolutely certain, though, because we kind of stopped watching it. The good news, even nearly 30 years later, Helen Slater's titular character is still the sexiest person from Krypton. Heh, titular.

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