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What! No Female Superhero Movies?

posted by Nell Minow

On top of the distressing news that Halle Berry’s Storm character in the new X-Men movie has been cut down to one scene — possibly just one line — and Anna Pacquin’s Rogue removed entirely, comes some more bad news.  According to CinemaBlend, Marvel’s Kevin Feige has announced that there are no plans to make a female superhero movie.

Marvel has either released, or officially announced, thirteen movies. That includes a trilogy for Iron Man and Captain America and two Thor films, and none of these films have focused on lead females at all. The Avengers counts one female among the core group, as does Guardians Of The Galaxy.

Hey, Kevin, “Gravity” and “The Hunger Games” did pretty well last year.  There is a big audience for women-led action movies, and there are a lot of actresses in Hollywood who are ready for those roles.  I’m pretty sure you can find some story in the Marvel multiverses that would pass the Bechdel test.

  • Douglas MacNeill

    _Wonder Woman_ is available, yes. But can we imagine any actress other than Lynda Carter in that role? If we can’t, how would any movie about her go anywhere?
    As for other…superheroines? super-she-heroes? someone, quick, find me a term…most of them are part of superhero teams (e.g. Invisible Woman of the Fantastic Four or Wasp of the Avengers) or near-parodies of the whole superhero genre (_Sailor Moon_ is the prime example here).

    • Nell Minow

      Great comment, Douglas. There have been repeated attempts to make a new Wonder Woman movie while male superhero movies come out all the time. And I’d love to see any one of a number of today’s actresses play the role. Superman and Batman seem to do fine played by several different actors. The term “superhero” works just fine for women, by the way.

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