During the late ‘70s and into the early ‘80s, the Superman movie series was extremely popular. The series – which starred Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel – began with Superman: The Movie (1978), and continued with Superman II (1980) and Superman III (1983).
After the third entry, the series opened up to include a spin-off movie focusing on Superman’s cousin, Supergirl. Helen Slater took on the title role, in a film set within the same universe as the Superman films.
But how many Helen Slater Supergirl movies were produced?
How many Helen Slater Supergirl movies are there?
Only one Supergirl movie was produced. The movie – directed by Jeannot Szwarc – was:
- Supergirl (1984)
Why was only one Helen Slater Supergirl movie produced?
Despite the popularity of the Superman movie series, Supergirl was neither a critical or commercial hit upon release. Critics were severely underwhelmed by the picture, the movie bombed at the box office, and due to its failure, the decision was made not to continue with any further entries.
Did Christopher Reeve appear in the Supergirl movie?
Although there was talk of Christopher Reeve appearing in the movie, the actor chose not to take part in the picture. Superman was referenced, as was Clark Kent and Lois Lane, but Supergirl was largely a standalone tale.
Additional links to the previous Superman pictures included the use of the Phantom Zone, and the inclusion of Jimmy Olsen as one of the movie’s supporting characters. Actor Marc McClure reprised the role of Olsen from the Christopher Reeve movies to make it clear to audiences the film was connected.
Was Supergirl the final entry in the Superman movie series?
Supergirl was the fourth entry in the Superman movie series, following Superman: The Movie, Superman II, and Superman III – but it wasn’t the final entry. Supergirl was followed by Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) and Superman Returns (2006) – making six films in total.
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