Why Can’t A Female Superhero Have Her Own Movie?
With rumors circulating that Wonder Woman might finally make a silver screen debut alongside Henry Cavill’s Superman and Ben Affleck’s Batman in the “Man of Steel” sequel, many are wondering why the Amazon Princess is relegated to a supporting role.
While this might be a clever way to reintroduce her to audiences (Wonder Woman hasn’t caught the spotlight since her 1970s TV series), why not promote a strong female lead on her own? Wonder Woman doesn’t need to be in the background when she’s at the forefront of superheros.
Check out this amazingly kick-ass video by Rainfall Films and try arguing that Wonder Woman can’t keep up with big boy Batman. Not unlike Uma Thurman in all three “Kill Bill” volumes, Wonder Woman has the unique ability to brutally defeat her enemies; yet she does so with graceful movements and clean precision – a trait that the bulky, rough male superheros lack. Watching Wonder Woman engage with her opponents is much more artful and interesting to watch.
So why can’t a female superhero star and headline her own movie? Who wants to see another Hulk/Avengers/Wolverine/Batman/Superman repeat? Those movies have been done – albeit successfully – and now it’s time the audience sees what real power a woman has. Lynda Carter, the original 70’s Wonder Woman, explains the character’s female ferocity well:
I think they try to just make her a female version of a male superhero, and that’s not what she is. She is an Amazon Princess and she’s got really strong sisterhood values … Maybe they need a female writer who gets it. I’ve often tried not to say that, but I think it’s the truth. It’s like, ‘Hellooooo guys, get a female that understands what that’s all about.’
You look at any society that suppresses women, and it’s violent. Look around the world… There’s a humanity that they’re missing. There’s got to be a sweetness, a kindness, a goodness in the character. The rest takes care of itself.”
Wonder Woman makes a more well-rounded, versatile character. She’s got the physical toughness to take on any villian, but at the same time, has morality and likeability that male superheros lack.
When they are brash, she is audacious. When they get distracted by the female opposite, she remains calculated and keen. And she brings a glamorous, captivating performance that her bland male counterparts can’t outshine. Her femininity actually works to her advantage, which is refreshing to see.
With all the fierce females in Hollywood, the last untapped storyline is that of a woman fantasy superhero who can take on any offender, while still maintaining her amazing Amazon Princess appeal. And there – you already have the tagline.
Via Huffington Post