Female Superhero Movies That Need to Get Made
It’s so very hard to make a female superhero movie, it seems. Why is that? It’s easy to go on a tirade saying that the men — whom we as a general public continue to believe still rule the geek niche and demographic — have absolutely no interest in watching a chick in tights save the day, that having a female lead automatically makes it a rom-com, or at the very least a cheesy Sandra Bullock comedy. Too much female involvement in an action flick will just muck everything up: she’s too whiny, too emotional, there’s no room for feelings except for blind anger and revenge, y’know, manly stuff. It’s true, women operate differently than men. They have their own flaws and they have their own ways of doing things. Fringe‘s Olivia Dunham said it best when her femininity came into question:
I understand that you think I acted too emotionally. Putting aside the fact that men always say that about women they work with, I’ll get straight to the point: I am emotional. I do bring it into my work. It’s what motivates me. It’s what helps me get into the headspace of our victims, see what they’ve seen, even if I don’t want to, even if it horrifies me. And I think it makes me a better agent. If you have a problem with that, I’m sorry. You can fire me. But I hope you don’t.
So let’s assume for a second that Hollywood isn’t afraid of making a superhero movies with women taking over the spotlight. Which character would you like to see on the big screen? Here are some of our favorites:
1) Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers)
Carol Danvers is an ace pilot of the United States Air Force. She first starts out as Ms. Marvel, a female counterpart to a male Captain Marvel. Remember, folks, we’re in the Marvel Universe, not the DC one. The original Captain Marvel was an alien named Mar-vell. Since his death, Carol decided to assume the mantel to pay him homage. In the early 2000s Carol became a major player in the Marvel Universe, going so far as taking second-in-command for the Avengers. She’d be a great addition for Marvel’s Phase 2. She’s always been a strong feminist type, even though she’s constantly trying to sort out her identity both as a hero and as a woman in a predominantly male environment. Plus, she now technically outranks Captain America in the books (somehow). That dynamic would be a treat to watch unfold in the next Avengers movie.
We already have an actress in mind, Joss: Yvonne Strahovski.
2) Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew)
Since SONY still hold the rights to Spider-Man, Spider-WOMAN would be a nice alternative for Marvel Studios/Disney’s superhero roster (and in my opinion a better one). And if you think she has the same origin as Peter Parker, forget about it. She has possibly one of the more tumultuous histories in the Marvel Universe than most characters. First off, Jessica Drew has never been on steady terms with the good guys despite occasionally working with the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. She was first recruited (under false pretenses) by HYDRA where she developed her skills as a capable fighter and a deadly assassin. After leaving HYDRA she became a bounty hunter, a private investigator, a double agent for Nick Fury while temporarily rejoined with HYDRA, and eventually an agent of S.W.O.R.D. Somewhere in between the last two events, she was also abducted and replaced by the Skrull queen sometime before Secret Invasion. As for her powers, Drew got them while still in the womb when her mother was shot with an energy blast containing various of spider DNA. She possesses superhuman strength, endurance, reflexes, speed, and she can discharge “venom blasts,” which are products of excess bioelectricity that can be focused and controlled. She’s also immune to most poisons, she emits pheromones that attract men (though she suppresses it with a special compound), she can stick to walls, and she can fly. Yes, fly.
Actress in mind: we can see Maggie Q rocking out this role.
3) Batwoman (Kate Kane)
We can’t get enough Batman, it’s true, but it might be time to expand a little and showcase the rest of the Bat-clan. Batwoman made her modern day debut during the events of 52 after Infinite Crisis when Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman took the year off. You may have heard of her over the week-long media blitz before making her first appearance in the books. Batwoman would become the first high-profile gay character in the DC Universe. Kate Kane, a Gotham Socialite and acquaintance of Bruce Wayne, was a former student of the U.S. Military Academy who was kicked out under the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell rule. For a while after that, Kate led the typical socialite life filled with parties and late nights. That all changed when she was attacked by a mugger. She easily thwarted his attempts just before Batman himself swooped in to help. Nonetheless, Kate was inspired by the Bat and decide to become a vigilante herself. Kate doesn’t don her variation of the iconic cape and cowl until she returned to Gotham after two years of intense training. But where’s her tale of woe? When Kate was a young girl, she, her twin sister Beth, and their mother were kidnapped. Her father arrived in time to rescue Kate, but it appeared that her sister and mother did not survive. Batwoman doesn’t associate with the Bat-fam as much as everyone else does, nor does she answer to Batman. Another thing that makes this heroine stand out is that she deals more with the strange, occult side of Gotham.
There are three Batgirls. Why? Because they’re all pretty great. First is the one that everyone knows: Barbara Gordon. She’s Commissioner Gordon’s kid and possibly the smartest in the Bat-fam, if not as smart as Bruce. She spent the better part of a decade as The Oracle, an information broker who provides invaluable support to the superhero community, after getting shot by The Joker. Then there’s Cassandra Cain who made her debut as one of Barbara’s runners during No Man’s Land. She started out as a mute who was trained to be a perfect killer for the League of Assassins. Her father, David Cain, never taught her how to speak. Instead, they communicated through body language. This allowed her to predict what move her opponent would make next just by observing even the slightest muscle twitch. She ran away from the life David intended for her, however, after her first kill. Overwhelmed with guilt, she sought to do good. This eventually led her to become Batman’s most trusted partner. And last but not least, there is Stephanie Brown. She first appeared in the books as Spoiler, a wannabe vigilante to make right the sins of her father. She started out incredibly inept and mostly a burden to Batman. Her only supporters at the time seemed to be Cassandra Cain and Tim Drake. Over time, she evolved into a capable hero under Barb’s tutelage. Honestly, I can only see Barbara as the only Batgirl to get the silver screen (we’re just gonna forget the fact that Alicia Silverstone already portrayed her character in the 90s) whereas the other two should at least get a spotlight in DC’s animated movies. We’ve yet to see either of them in anything animated.
5) Worlds’ Finest (Power Girl and Huntress)
Power Girl and Huntress are my absolute favorites in the DC Universe besides Wonder Woman and (pre-52) Catwoman. In the second wave of DC Comic’s New 52, Power Girl and Huntress emerged as the leading ladies for Worlds’ Finest, which previously showcased various heroes in the DCU, mostly men. This version of PG and Huntress are from Earth-2, where they served as Supergirl and Robin to Superman and Batman respectively. On Earth-2, Darkseid attacks Earth and kills off the entire Justice League save for Supergirl and Robin, who are accidentally thrown into the main DC Universe. In this new yet familiar world, they take on new identities. Supergirl becomes Karen Starr and Power Girl, and Robin takes on the identity of Helena Bertinelli and Huntress. What’s interesting about Helena’s case is that she is a throwback to the original Huntress from the 70s where she’s Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle’s daughter. In 1989, three years after Crisis on Infinite Earths, a new Helena Bertinelli emerged as the new Huntress and stayed that way until 2011. Helena Bertinelli in the New 52 has been dead for years. Some trivia for you there. We’d love to see these awesome ladies on the big screen, but these versions may be a little too much to swallow. You know where they would work? As a follow-up animated feature to DC’s upcoming Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.
That’s the list! Tell us what heroine you’d like to see on the big screen, and which actress you’d like to see portray her in the comments below!