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Supergirl (1984)
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Producer: Timothy Burrill
Writer(s): David Odell
Release Date: July 19, 1984
Running Time: Theatrical Cut:
105 mins
Original Theatrical Cut:
127 mins
International Cut:
124 mins
Director's Cut:
138 mins
Original Cut:
150 mins
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Supergirl is a 1984 film that's a spin-off of the Superman film series that starred Christopher Reeve as Superman. In the film, Supergirl must find the Omegahedron in order to save Argo City.


Kara Zor-El (Helen Slater) lives in an isolated Kryptonian community called Argo City, in a pocket of trans-dimensional space. Zaltar (Peter O'Toole) allows Kara to see a unique item known as the Omegahedron, which he has borrowed without the knowledge of the city government, and which has immense power. However, after a mishap, the Omegahedron (which also powers the city) is sucked out into space. Kara follows it to Earth in an effort to recover it and save the city, which will die without it.

On Earth, the Omegahedron is recovered by Selena (Faye Dunaway), a power-hungry, would-be witch, who quickly realizes that it can be used to allow her to perform real magical spells. On the radio, Selena hears that Superman has just left on a peace-seeking mission to another galaxy. Kara, now dressed as Supergirl, arrives on Earth and discovers her powers. Following the path of the Omegahedron, she takes the name Linda Lee, identifies herself as the cousin of Clark Kent, and enrolls at an all-girls school. Supergirl and Selena are both enamored by Ethan, who works as a groundskeeper at the school. After Selena misuses the Omegahedron to make herself a "princess of Earth", she drugs Ethan with a potion to make him love her and serve as her consort. Supergirl rescues Ethan and he falls in love with her instead.

Supergirl and Selena repeatedly battle in various ways, until Selena uses her powers to put Supergirl in an "eternal void" known as the Phantom Zone. Here, stripped of her powers, she wanders the bleak landscape and nearly drowns in an oily bog. Yet she finds help in Zaltar, who is also in the Phantom Zone after going into self-imposed exile for losing the Omegahedron. Zaltar sacrifices his life to allow Supergirl to escape. Back on Earth, she regains her powers and defeats Selena. Ethan admits his love for Kara, but knows it is possible he may never see her again and understands she must save Argo City. The final scene shows Kara returning to a darkened Argo City, which promptly lights up again.


References to the broader Donnerverse[]


  • The legend begins...
  • Her legend is just beginning.
  • Adventure runs in her family.
  • She has all the power of the universe, but she still has to learn about love.
  • The most incredible girl you'll ever meet.
  • From out of another galaxy and into your hearts comes... Supergirl
  • Her first adventure on Earth.
  • She'll be with you this summer.
  • She taught him what it was to fly. He taught her what it was to love.
  • She's traveled twenty million light years to save her home... and the adventure is just beginning.
  • Get your summer off to a flying start.
  • Her first great adventure.
  • Adventure Runs In The Family!


The film was shot in England, New York and Chicago.



Superman Films
Serials Superman: The Serial | Atom Man vs. Superman
1950s films Superman and the Mole Men
Donner/ Lester/ Furie series Superman: The Movie | Superman II | Superman III | Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
Singer series Superman Returns
DC Extended Universe Man of Steel | Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Spin-offs Supergirl | Steel