5 female superheroes who deserve their own movies
From Storm to a female Thor, these are the powerful women we'd love to see grace the silver screen next.
With "Wonder Woman" tearing up box office records, wowing critics and audiences alike and breathing fresh life into the DC Comics film franchise, studios everywhere are accelerating plans to spin off solo movies featuring female superheroes. Over the next few years, we'll not only see celebrated female characters like Captain Marvel (2019) and Jean Grey (2018), but also Batgirl (2019) and Harley Quinn (2019) stand alone on the silver screen.
Who else should follow behind the promising path carved out by Israeli actress Gal Gadot and her inspiring Wonder Woman?
With so many strong and genuinely interesting and inspiring female superheroes, we've gone ahead and profiled five we would love to see brought to life in theaters.
One of the more surprising series to turn the heads of critics was none other than the current TV hit "Supergirl." Buoyed by strong fan support of blockbuster films like "Man of Steel" and "Batman v Superman," the show focuses on a 24-year-old named Kara Zor-El. A Kryptonian alien (and cousin to Superman), Kara must learn to control her powers as she fights criminals and villains alike in the fictional urban center of National City.
According to American actress Melissa Benoist, who plays the title role, Supergirl lacks the polish and poise of a certain Amazon warrior princess. "I feel like Wonder Woman has so much more control of herself and it’s this sophistication that Kara is still trying to find," she told Teen Vogue. "I think the fact that she’s called girl means that there are some days that she has it figured out and some days that she doesn’t."
Despite a forgettable first outing in the 1984 British film "Supergirl," we think the timing is right for this superhero's return to the silver screen. With the critically beloved series serving as a template, there's no reason this addition to the DC Comics film franchise wouldn't soar at the box office.
After years of fans begging Marvel Studios to consider a solo outing for the superhero Black Widow, could "Wonder Woman's" success finally give them the answer they've been waiting for?
The master spy, played by American actress Scarlett Johansson, has been a recurring character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since she first appeared in 2010's "Iron Man 2." Part Batman, part Jason Bourne, her fighting style, intelligence and strength have made her one of the most beloved members of the Avengers.
During a recent media tour for her starring role in the science fiction thriller "Ghost in the Shell," produced by Israeli legend Avi Arad, Johansson had this to say about the possibility of a future "Black Widow" film: “I’ve talked to [Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige about it. We’re creatively really compatible. I think we both agree that the character is right for a standalone. It’s just a case of timing at this point for both Marvel and myself.”
Will American-Israeli actress Natalie Portman one day pick up the legendary hammer of Thor and wield its power? Based on the popularity of a recent Marvel Comics storyline, we wouldn't be surprised if that answer was in the affirmative.
“Jane’s got a mission," Portman said in a 2013 interview. "She’s looking for something for herself, gravitational anomalies, scientific exploration.”
While Portman's character had brushes with action in "Thor: The Dark World," it's Foster's recent turn in the world of comics that portends a solo film down the road. In the rebooted comic book series, the great Thor loses his ability to wield the Mjolnir hammer. A woman (later revealed to be Jane Foster) picks it up instead, inheriting its powers and becoming the new "Goddess of Thunder." The gender switch proved immensely popular, with the first five in the series outselling the original Thor by some 25 percent.
Could a female Thor one day make the jump to the big screen? If Portman is game, we're there on opening night.
Storm, a weather-controlling badass originally played by American actress Halle Berry in "X-Men", is yet another phenomenal character greatly in need of her own solo outing.
"Someone has to call the people at Fox and tell them that's what they should do and they should cast me in it," Berry quipped during a session at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con. "Whether it's me or not, Storm has always been one of the most beloved characters of that comic book series, so she deserves her story."
According to American actress Alexandra Shipp, who most recently portrayed a silver-mohawked Storm in "X-Men: Apocalypse," there's plenty about the character's backstory to explore in upcoming films. “I’d really love to see Storm coming into her matriarch form," she said. "In the last X-Men, she was very young and she had a different viewpoint. I’d love to see her take on more of a substantial role and really see her come into her own. I want to show how Halle got there. And to do that, I think we just need to show that evolution. And I’m all about a good character arc."
While the recent "Logan" spin-off may have said goodbye to Australian actor Hugh Jackman's bearded and grizzled Wolverine character, director James Mangold is pretty certain the future belongs to X-23, the cloned daughter of Wolverine. Audiences were introduced to a younger version of the character in "Logan" through Spanish-British actress Dafne Keen.
"Anything's possible. I've certainly talked to them about it," Mangold said in an interview. "I even talked to them about it before we made the movie. I thought she was just such a great character, but with what Dafne did, I think that certainly that's possible."
As for Jackman, he says passing down the claws to X-23 would offer the perfect opportunity to reboot the Wolverine storyline. ”I think for me, it would make sense to go younger with Logan,” he said. “I think it would be very difficult – however, there’s a female 11-year-old who could absolutely frickin’ nail it, for my money.”
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