May we finally be coming into the golden age of the superheroine?
Not since 2002 Spider-Man launched a new era of comic book films – a span of a dozen years that encompasses the Dark Knight trilogy, most of the X-Males motion pictures, both Spidey franchises, two Superman reboots and all of Marvel Avengers tie-in films – has there been a superhero film with a female because the lead character. (Halle Berry terrible Catwoman doesn rely, as a result of she was a foul guy, form of. And it wasn actually primarily based on the comics. And we e fully erased that movie from memory.)
There one thing terribly flawed with this. However the clouds of testosterone obscuring Hollywood might finally be letting in just a few rays of gentle.
Sony Pictures has reportedly hired writer Lisa Joy Nolan to script a Spider-Man spinoff starring a female hero, a move that comes on the heels of the studio talking to Bridesmaids director Paul Feig a couple of doable Ghostbusters reboot with an all-feminine workforce of spook-catchers.
Wonder Girl will make her big-display screen debut in 2016 Batman V Superman: Daybreak of Justice, and with Warner Bros. having announced launch dates for a massive roster of DC films from now by means of 2020, it a distinct possibility that Gal Gadot will anchor a spinoff based on the Amazon warrior.
And with Scarlett Johansson Lucy beating Dwayne he Rock Johnson Hercules to prime the box office on its opening weekend – although both have since been devoured by Guardians of the Galaxy debut – maybe the Avengers sole female member will lastly get her personal Black Widow film.
While Hollywood will probably declare a newfound enlightenment in relation to giving superheroines their very own movies, it more doubtless the ringing of money registers which have caught their collective ear: ladies have had top billing in several largest films of the previous yr, from Angelina Jolie in Maleficent to Sandra Bullock in Gravity. And Jennifer Lawrence will surely proceed her Starvation Video games streak with this fall Mockingjay: Half I.
The concept that girls can carry tentpole blockbusters appears to lastly be lifeless. So the query is, which character would Sony Footage look to for a Spidey spinoff?
I unsure they try a Spider-Girl or Spider-Woman movie. For one, The Wonderful Spider-Man 2 didn meet expectations critically or commercially, and Sony needs to get that franchise back on track – maybe through director Drew Goddard Sinister Six film in 2016 – earlier than they try any more spinoffs.
And two, it might just appear too derivative, just like the horrible Supergirl movie from 1984. Whereas at the least one of the incarnations of Spider-Girl from the comics has very little in widespread with the pink-and-blue webslinger, she still pretty obscure exterior of comic fandom, and she very much entangled with the Avengers, which Sony can touch.
A more logical decide would be Black Cat (slyly introduced in the Wonderful Spider-Man 2 as Felicia, as played by the wonderful Felicity Jones.) Or perhaps Firestar, who made her debut in the animated Spider-Man and His Superb Mates sequence in the 0s and went on to pop up in numerous comics, although she too has ties to the Avengers (owned by Disney) and the X-Males (owned by Fox.)
Whatever the case, the time is lengthy overdue for a feminine comedian e-book hero to have her own film, and there no scarcity of super-powered girls to select from. As long as Catwoman isn one in every of them. Ever once more.