When Wonder Woman hit the big screen you could almost hear the audible pop as the collective hive mind that is the nerd community exploded. We’d had attempts at female-led comic book movies before. But this was the first time it had been done to the level people expected. With Captain Marvel looming on the horizon and rumors of Black Widow movie, it begs the question: What other comic book ladies need to see some screen time? It’s not limited to superheroes, as previously reported, any comic book property could be snatched up and taken to the big screen. So here’s a list of 11 female-led properties that need to be seen on the silver screen.
This is a no-brainer. Storm of the X-Men has had a strong fan following for decades. While Halle Barry did a passable job at our weather witch, she never got a chance to shine and explore what a great character this can be. And talk about cinematic! Controlling the weather alone would be enough to rack up the special effects bill. But Storm was raised on the streets, grew up a thief and a fighter. She held her own against some of the Marvel’s toughest. From her time on the streets of Cairo to the Kenyan plains, from her experience with the X-Men, her marriage to Black Panther to her leading the Morlocks… there’s so much to explore with this character, it can be dizzying. Pick a story, slap it onto the big screen, profit.
Wait, you say, a confused look on your face. Isn’t this a list of female characters, you ask incredulously. It is! Kate Bishop, first of the Young Avengers, shares the name Hawkeye with Clint Barton of Avengers fame. She eventually struck out on her own, heading to L.A. to try to make a name for herself, fighting a criminal organization lead by Masque. This has huge potential as an MCU/Avengers adjacent film. Some changes would have to be made, but you could still cameo Jeremy Renner, lots of great “I thought it was Hawk-GUY” jokes, and appeal to a demographic of marvel moviegoers that rarely gets catered to.
Ms. Marvel –
With Captain Marvel approaching, there’s been a little buzz about potential cameos and storylines for Kamala Khan, the young Pakistani American girl who, after gaining superpowers, took up the previous mantle of her idol. Female, middle eastern, Muslim, super-powered… Kamala is seen as ‘the other’ in nearly every facet of her life. Another opportunity to be MCU-adjacent without being involved, Ms. Marvel could bring a much-needed breath of fresh air to the MCU’s current female roster.
Formally of Spawn fame, now Thor’s long-lost sister, Angela could continue on a path laid out by Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor: Ragnarok. Take these outlandish ideas, super-serious characters, and give them plenty of humor to keep them from getting too bogged down by their own gravitas. In her MCU origin, Angela was stolen away by a mysterious 10th realm, populated by angels. Having grown up there, she has a very different world-view than Asgardians. She grew up to hate Odin and his family, and now she finds out she’s one of them. Throw in her trans girlfriend Sera who has become such an important part of Angela’s characterization and you have a recipe for one of the most inclusive movies the MCU could do. It’s almost as if Thor and Guardians were setting us up for something exactly like this. With access to all of Marvel’s cosmic stories as well as Norse myths, Marvel’s new Asgardians of the Galaxy could be a way to translate everything into another ensemble Marvel cosmic movie…
Princess Leia –
Han Solo’s origin film has had a rocky start, with many fans who actually went to see the film-loving it, but many opting not to see it at all. There’s an irony there; lots of Star Wars fans, many of them the toxic sort that drove Kelly Marie Tran off social media, boycotted Solo because of the direction The Last Jedi took the franchise in. Meanwhile, fans who supported the film say that Solo is a step towards the original trilogy and exactly what the boycotting fans were asking for. Love it or hate it, Solo still leaves us wanting. A Princess Leia film, set in Leia’s younger days, could be an amazing coming of age story that has the potential to please both groups of fans as we see Leia bloom into the princess we love and adore. We’ve had comic book adaptations to show us the continued adventures of our badass princess of the Rebel Alliance, but cast fan favorite Millie Bobby Brown as a younger Leia, and we could see a whole new depth to the character rarely touched on before.
This one might need some finesse to pull off, but a Jane Foster centered Thor movie could be an exciting and emotional story to tell. Natalie Portman may need a recast. However, to tell the story of an Odinson who has given up the mantle (and a restored Mjolnir?) for any number of reasons, only to have Jane Foster fill the gap he left in Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? While she fights cancer? That would be the roller coaster of action and emotion we’ve come to expect from the MCU.
No, no, hear me out. Shaq in drag. Kidding aside, DC/WB owes us for the original Steel movie. What better way than to introduce people to Natasha Irons, the original Steel’s niece? As the No Justice event ends and Natasha finds herself on the Titans’ roster, now might be the time. Adding her into the world of Superman could inject some much needed youthful optimism into the current DCEU.
Connect her to the DCEU or not, Batwoman can hold her own. While she’s always been connected to Batman and his world, she isn’t a bat-sidekick. Showing her history with Bruce Wayne could be interesting, but end it there. Outside of inspiring her, Batman wouldn’t be necessary. Everyone knows who he is and his story. Batwoman would give DC a chance to show a different side of Gotham and a hero that is every bit as awesome as Batman, with less brooding and a better fashion sense. The Religion of Crime storyline would be a fun one to explore a Big Screen version of. Whether they choose Renee Montoya or Maggie Sawyer as her love interest, Batwoman could be a bat-film to turn the franchise on its ear.
Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman’s Genius comic could prove once again that superheroes aren’t the only things comics are good at. Teenager Destiny Ajaye is the greatest military mind of her generation. Her first series took her toe to toe with the LAPD, leading the gangs of L.A. together in what becomes the South Central Siege. Her second series, Cartel, finds Destiny’s world expanding to include the U.S. government and foreign threats. Destiny’s story and the conversation it sparks about social justice could make Genius one of the most talked about, and potentially controversial, comic book movies.
A rom-com with a bondage backdrop, Sunstone could give us what 50 Shades failed at – a movie could trust, love, and kinky sex. Sunstone has a great fan following, bringing in folks who wouldn’t read comics and introducing current comic readers to a different kind of genre. A big screen (or little screen, Netflix series maybe?) makes sense for Sunstone and Top Cow comics. With two female co-leads, Lisa and Aly, Sunstone would make for female-led comic book film like we’ve never seen before.
Death of the Endless –
While Neil Gaiman’s Sandman movie adaption seems forever in limbo, switching directions and starting things off with a movie about his older sister, Death, seems like a solid idea. Death’s has mini-series that fans adore. What’s not to love about her? Cute, optimistic and with an endless (pun absolutely intended) wealth of directions to take Death in, there’s no reason not to do this. Follow Death as she helps the recently deceased on their way, bending the rules a bit to help someone seek some closure before they pass, revealing a deeper plot that introduces a few of her siblings. It would be an easy way to introduce the world of Sandman with a more relatable and likable character before fans step into the mind-bending world of Dream himself.
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