With Wonder Woman currently smashing box office records (it had the biggest opening for a woman-led comic book film and has so far grossed over $587 million worldwide) and proving that audiences DO want to see female-led superhero movies, thoughts are inevitably turning to who else could be given the big screen treatment. Here are six of our favourite superheroines ripe for a movie makeover...
Marvel seems to have lost interest in another solo Hulk movie, but what about a She-Hulk one? She-Hulk, in case you didn’t know, is the alter ego of Jennifer Walters, a lawyer who develops Hulk powers when she receives a blood transfusion from her cousin Bruce Banner. Actually, she’s not quite as rage-y as her male counterpart, having inherited a milder form of the condition, so she’s a little less p***ed off and a lot more verbal. In the comics she’s been a member of the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, Heroes for Hire, the Defenders, Fantastic Force, and S.H.I.E.L.D, so there’s potential for plenty of crossovers.
Ideal casting: Olivia Wilde
A member of teenage supergroup the Teen Titans, Starfire is among DC’s top-tier superheroes. A controversial character due to her super-sexualised costumes, the flame-haired Starfire (real name – Koriand'r) can fly and project energy and used to date Dick Grayson, AKA Batman’s loyal sidekick Robin. She’s due to make a flesh and blood appearance in the planned Teen Titans TV series, but we think there’s potential there for a big screen, big budget solo outing.
Ideal casting: Bella Thorne
One of the most skilled fighters in the DC comic universe, Black Canary is a martial arts expert who disarms her opponents with a high-powered sonic scream. Created in 1947, she was once the alter ego of Dinah Drake, who later bequeathed the title to her daughter, Dinah Lance. The character has made an appearance in the Arrow TV show, played by Katie Cassidy, but she didn’t look much like her comic book counterpart. Time for a big screen makeover?
Ideal casting: Kristen Stewart (with a dye job)
Yes, there really is a superhero called Squirrel Girl and yes, she really does have a tail. Born with an ability to communicate with squirrels (we’re not making this up, honestly) LA born Doreen Green is known as the great defender of New York City’s Central Park and has seen off some of the Marvel universe’s greatest villains, such as Doctor Doom and Maelstrom.
Ideal casting: Emma Watson (although Anna Kendrick has expressed enthusiasm for the role)
It took DC four films to make a female-fronted superhero movie and 15 films down, we’re STILL waiting for Marvel’s first (though Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson, is due in 2019). It’s not as if they haven’t got one ready. Black Widow made her MCU debut in Iron Man 2 and has notched up four appearances since (in Avengers Assemble, Avengers: Age of Ultron and both Captain America sequels). But, to date, there hasn’t been any talk of a solo movie, which is insane given that Scarlett Johansson is one of Hollywood’s hottest names.
Ideal casting: We’ve already got it.
One of the very first female superheroes, Hawkgirl made her print debut in 1940, as the reincarnated spirit of Chay-Ara. Born on the planet of Thanagar, she gained the rank of lieutenant in her world and was sent to Earth on a mission. During her visit, however, she grew to love our planet, and so decided to stay, eventually becoming known to its inhabitants as Hawkgirl. She’s appeared in the DC TV universe played by Ciara Renée, but we think Hawkgirl is cool enough to win her own big screen movie.
Ideal casting: Emma Roberts
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