The girl power movement has grown exponentially over the past 25 years. We've had "Xena" and "Buffy" on TV, and Ripley in the Alien movies and Uma in the Kill Bill movies. And now there are new Red Sonja and Wonder Woman movies coming soon, and rumblings of a Supergirl reboot. But I think we can agree the majority of tough-chick and female superhero movies have kind of sucked. What could be the problem? Surely we all like to see tough girls who kick ass, don't we? Or do we?

The following is a loose breakdown of the "girl power" genre, to see if maybe we can't pinpoint what has gone wrong.

Movie: Supergirl (1984)
The Star: Helen Slater as Supergirl
The Pros: A very cute, hugely appealing Supergirl, even if she was second-billed behind the villain, Faye Dunaway.
The Problem: An expensive flop and a total misfire from bad luck director Jeannot Szwarc (Jaws 2, Santa Claus), the movie feels big and stupid, but also feels like leftovers in the middle of the original Christopher Reeve cycle of Superman films.

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