On 16th March, legendary video game heroine Lara Croft will return to the big screen in Tomb Raider, as played by Alicia Vikander.
With her fearless thirst for adventure, unbridled survival instincts, and razor-sharp intelligence and wit as she embarks on perilous quests, it’s no surprise Lara has become one of the most iconic video game characters in history.
As much as we love Lara, we can’t help but spare a thought for some other incredible heroines deserving of their own cinematic adventures. Here are five of them we’d love to see on the big screen.
1. Jade – Beyond Good and Evil
Orphaned as a child, Jade is an investigative photojournalist who lives with her adoptive uncle Pey’j on the planet Hillys, where they care for young orphans at an old lighthouse.
After being recruited by a resistance group named IRIS, it’s up to Jade to uncover the truth behind a warring alien race known as the DomZ, who’ve been abducting innocent civilians. Jade is an excellent sleuth capable of sneaking passed any security system and, when things go wrong, she can dispatch any foe with her martial arts expertise before making a speedy getaway in her hovercraft.
There’s no case too big for this plucky investigator, and we’d love to see her solve another mystery in her own cinematic caper.
2. Faith Connors – Mirror’s Edge
Lara is known for her athleticism, but even she may struggle to compete with Faith Connors from Mirror’s Edge. The game is set in the futuristic, totalitarian City of Glass, and Faith is part of an underground team of 'Runners'. These characters act as a courier service for those who fight against the suppressive corporations who’ve taken control of the city.
Using the rooftops to avoid detection, a Runner must be proficient in the physical discipline of parkour to navigate the city’s skyline. Moreover, a Runner’s work isn’t always a walk (or run) in the park, so they need to be able to defend themselves when necessary. When Faith accidentally stumbles upon government secrets, she must put all her Runner training to the test to save her sister and dismantle the suppressors – all without firing a single bullet.
Top it all off with Faith’s iconic sense of style and impressive eye tattoo, and you have one of the most popular video game protagonists of the last decade. A Faith film would guarantee an action-packed thrill ride full of fast-paced parkour and hard-hitting hand-to-hand combat, all set in a striking dystopian future.
3. Max Caulfield – Life is Strange
Hailing from the small town of Arcadia Bay, Max is a photography student who’s reunited with her childhood best friend Chloe. Together, they get caught up in the mystery of what happened to vanished girl Rachel Amber, while dealing with a lot of difficult choices.
Moreover, Max discovers she has the ability to 'rewind' time. But is she only making things worse by changing the outcome of events, and could her time meddling have something to do with strange visions of a storm?
Possessed of a quirky, nerdy style, Max is an instantly likeable character, and a major reason why Life is Strange has amassed such a huge following. Max truly is a relatable hero, and we’d love to see her teenage adventures on the big screen.
4. Aloy – Horizon Zero Dawn
Like Lara, Aloy of the highly acclaimed Horizon Zero Dawn is an expert adventurer skilled with a bow and arrow. But unlike Lara, Aloy’s adventures take place in a post-apocalyptic world where nature has reclaimed the Earth, and massive robotic creatures roam the lands.
Exiled from her tribe since childhood and treated like an outsider all her life, Aloy has learned how to survive on her own. Driven to help those she cares about and to uncover the mystery of her past, Aloy is arguably one of the most developed video game characters in recent years. Aloy’s story was made for cinema.
5. Samus Aran – Metroid
Lara may have been raiding tombs since 1996, but she was by no means the first iconic video game heroine.
Samus Aran of the long-lived Metroid series has been running and gunning since she first appeared on the Nintendo Entertainment System (better known as the NES). She first turned up in 1986, a whole decade before Lara's debut.
Intergalactic soldier turned bounty hunter, Samus travels across the galaxy battling space pirates while traversing claustrophobic underground caverns. Equipped with her trusty Power Suit and powerful weapons, Samus is definitely a force to be reckoned with.
Being the protagonist of one of the longest-running video game series, it’s amazing that Samus hasn’t been given her own movie yet.
Although we might not be seeing any of these incredible video game heroines in the foreseeable future, it won’t be long until Lara Croft embarks on her next cinematic adventure. Mark it down: Tomb Raider arrives in Cineworld on 16th March.
Andy Murray is an Unlimited card holder who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.