Waiting for our Female Super Heroes

It’s a common enough topic lately. And really it kind of should be. All these super hero movies – all these great super hero movies – and where are the female super heroes?

I’ve talked about this before here. Holly’s talked about this before here. But I thought I would go with a poll to see what you think, and not just what I think. However, some thoughts that got me thinking about this all over again and blog posts from others below!

Wonder Woman

First up is the news that broke about Wonder Woman being cast in the new Superman movie. The new Superman movie which has Wonder Woman, but no official title yet. Wonder Woman, who has been in development hell for both movies and TV for years now. I suppose we’ll believe it when we see it.

There’s a great post about this casting over on We Minored In Film, so I won’t rehash what has already been well said. Here’s a character who should have her own film, and honestly really should have had it sooner. TV might actually be wrong, as I feel like it might end up too campy. But maybe not.

Kitty Pryde and Days of Future Past

Another recent discussion, which I also read today and thus, with both, got me thinking about this post, is that Kitty Pryde was the protagonist of Days of Future Past, and yet in the movie they are going with Wolverine. Good discussion of that over on the Mary Sue.

I would say that, if they want to keep the type of Time Travel from the comics – that is, someone traveling back to the consciousness of their younger self – then Wolverine is indeed a perfect logical choice, and I get that.

However, they are changing the protagonist by doing this. So what about using a far simpler form of Time Travel – say, just sending someone bodily back – and keep your protagonist? Because honestly, Ellen Page could do a fantastic job trying to pull the X-Men together to save the world. Could even still pull Wolverine in.

They missed the opportunity to have a strong female lead in this movie, and the prominence of Wolverine may even overshadow the ensemble cast they are pulling together. Let’s hope not!

Other Options

So, other big news on female characters lately includes Scarlet Witch, for Avengers: Age of Ultron. There’s also talk of a Doctor Strange movie, which I had misgivings about until they added Scarlet Witch to the Avengers. But now, wait a minute.

Couldn’t they do a Scarlet Witch-led movie? Or even a twins duo movie with Quicksilver? And Doctor Strange, as a fellow magic user, could be a support character in it, but would he need to lead? I would anticipate Scarlet Witch to appear in a Doctor Strange movie if it came out after Age of Ultron, after all.

And there was talk of Katee Sackhoff as Captain Marvel, which would be amazing. And given the Guardians of the Galaxy are going to be fighting the Kree – who gave Captain Marvel her powers – the possibility to have a movie with her as the lead seems like it is RIGHT THERE. Someone make this happen, seriously.

And back to the X-Men, their next movie could totally be a mainly female cast. With characters like Storm, Rogue, and Shadowcat already a part of the comics… what about doing the origin of Jubilee story? Save her from Sentinels, add her to the team? Build something like the new female X-Men cast?

Or, to redeem Halle Berry from her Catwoman movie, what about a Storm solo movie? With a story set in Africa, with her as the goddess, or maybe with her leading up and taking over the Morlocks? Now if only they had the rights to Black Panther, too, you could have her as mutant, goddess, and queen. If that’s not a female powerhouse, who is?

5 responses to “Waiting for our Female Super Heroes

  1. Actually my answer is all of them. I don’t want to be forced to choose my female lead superhero movie. Men (cis straight white to be specific) dominate them all already. You get to have your Iron Man your Captain America your Thor, Superman, Spiderman, 21 and a half Batmans etc… We get a half-assed version of Electra and Cat Woman and a failed attempt at a TV reboot of Wonder Woman. I hate that I felt compelled to compare which of those in the poll would most likely have a well known enough story to inspire the producers with hopes of success. That way they’d put some effort into the plot and characters, maybe it would gain traction and we’d have a path cleared for more superheroine films. So I went with the Scarlet Witch. Storm as a woman of color has an intersectional hurdle to jump, particularly as she’d be in the leadership role of running the X-men one presumes. I want to vote for her too. I’ve been enjoying Ms./Captain Marvel. I want to vote for her. Kitty Pryde reminds me of me which would be nice to see. I want to vote for her. I could keep going but the point I’m sure you share is I wish we didn’t have to pick and choose, we didn’t have to weigh which superheroine will (to borrow a Hunger Games phrase) put the odds in our favor. We all deserve variety in representation and yikes aren’t we tired of waiting? So I may vote Wanda Maximoff, but she has reality altering powers so what I really mean is I want a world where we can have them all, we have had them all, and yes I did just turn the Scarlett Witch into an unnecessary metaphor just for the excuse to do so.

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    • I agree with you, down to the point of voting for Scarlet Witch myself! They made the point well on both the other blog posts I linked to, that the time is past now, and the outcry is there now – for the female lead superhero movie. Definitely check those out if you didn’t.

      I guess the point I wanted to make was not necessarily “gee will they make any” – but hopefully, which will happen first?

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  2. Black Widow….for the following reasons:
    1. The next movie with a female Superhero HAS to be a success. If it’s not, there won’t be another one for at least 20 years.
    2. So picking an already established character from the Marvel Franchise is a good way to pave the way to success.
    3. The character is really well written and acted.

    Naturally there is the danger that they’ll ruin her character…but I think starting with her provides the best chance that other movies with female leads will follow. I would totally watch a movie with AH as Catwoman, too….she really surprised me how well she delivered the character in The Dark Knight Rises. She was easily the best part of the movie.

    BTW: I don’t think the HB really needs redemption from her Catwoman movie…she was not the problem there. The shitty script was.

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    • I like your backup for a Black Widow film. And now some time has passed, we can add something: Scarlett Johansson was brilliant in Lucy. And though the film got mixed reviews, it made good money for its cost, which is a lot of how these things end up being judged.

      Marvel is now sitting on a LOT of release date real estate over the next 5 years. I really hope one if these is Black Widow.

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