I was sitting with my great aunt watching Supergirl for perhaps the 50th time, and thinking to myself, ‘What would make this movie even better? I mean it’s got it all – the ever lovely Helen Slater in her first starring role, the awe-inspiring Faye Dunaway and macho man Peter O’ Toole riffing off one another like jazz thespians, incredible costume design and special effects, a theme-song by Jerry Goldsmith so enchanting that if I had a car I would play it on the hi-fi and simply drive in circles in the Buy-Rite parking lot, and the subtly delicate motivations and characterizations that only a master screenwriter can pull off. What could make it better?’
And then in a flash, it came to me – Bob Fosse, that’s what.
Imagine if we took something as drab and predictable as the average superhero type movie (Supergirl excepted), and we gave it a shot of life Fosse style - or even Jerome Robbins for those that are supposed to limit their intake of pizzazz for medical reasons…
Spiderman has just had a date with Mary Louise Parker, they are in the rain and it’s raining out, he is hanging upside down from something we can’t see, she goes to lift his mask up so she can kiss him and WHAM!
He climbs right up the side of the building and begins to spin, losing himself in the song, first slowly then a little faster, and then before you know it he’s in a full-blown Pirouette, then freeze…
Then ball-change, catwalk, fan-kick, twist – hands!
Hands, hands, hands!
Then here comes Mary Louise Parker, looking like a young Syd Charisse, all legs…
Ball-change, step. Step,step,step.
Pas de Bourrée.
Pas de Chat
Then Spidey spins a web from his little tush, and lands gracefully at her feet.
They kiss, and dance off the screen together, and that’s the first five minutes…
If you are moved by this idea as I am, please write to the studios and let them know you mean business.
More Superhero/Dance films = More profits
And remember –
"I am Kara of ARGO city, daughter of Alura and Zor-El, and I don't scare easily."
Earl B Morris