Does the Industry Hate Super Grrrrlz?

Guess who's never going to get their own movie?

So the blogosphere has its nerdy panties in a bunch over the confirmation of Black Cat for Spiderman 4. For those of you who aren’t in the know (or skilled in the art of the Google), Black Cat is Marvel’s answer for Catwoman…sort of. She is a cunning cat burglar that dates the eponymous web master for awhile (and constantly fakes her death to avoid conflict). So far the casting rumors include Rachel McAdams and Romola Garai, and of the two, I find Garai the more interesting option.

My beef with all this is that, despite the existence of truly kick ass premises, the only super powerful women that make it to the big screen get there by way of their boyfriends or stay because of a burgeoning love/flirtation/seduction. The emergence of Black Cat is just a new addition of dependent superwomen in cinema. Case in point:

  • Catwoman (Batman)
  • Susan Storm (Mr. Fantastic)
  • Elektra (Daredevil)
  • Jean Grey (Cyclops/Wolverine)
  • Rogue (Iceman)
  • Poison Ivy (Batman/Robin/Mr.Freeze)
  • Silk Spectre II (Dr. Manhattan/Nite Owl II)
  • Liz (Hellboy)
  • Batgirl (Robin)
  • Mystique (infamous femme fatale, Magneto)
  • Storm (Knightcrawler)
  • Kitty Pryde (Iceman)
  • Silverfox (Wolverine)
  • Black Widow (infamous femme fatale, Ironman)
  • Mary Embry (Hancock)
  • Æon Flux (Trevor Goodchild)
  • Leeloo (Korben Dallas)

God help you if you are a single superlady! If you are, Hollywood will kill you. RIP, Phoenix, Deathstrike , Catwoman (several of her lives, and her credibility thanks to Halle Berry), Mystique (loss of powers and back stabbing), and Fox (Wanted).

Pfft! Well, check out my love for the super women of X-men to redeem the genre.

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4 thoughts on “Does the Industry Hate Super Grrrrlz?

  1. zrose25 says:

    Me thinks we should begin work on a movie script with some of those ideas we have been floating around. 🙂

  2. EL FEMININO! says:

    God help you if you are a single superlady! If you are, Hollywood will kill you.

    I shouldn’t laugh, because it’s too sad, true, and depressing, but I can’t help giggling. The power of snark compells me!

    • Junkie1 says:

      Here’s what’s worse: J2 and I both heard panel chatter at Comic Con that Wonder Woman is “too epic” to do. iShenanigans!

      Nerds were in an uproar when Superman was made into a movie, and people threatened to kill Tim Burton for casting Michael Keaton as Batman. ALL such characters are “too epic”…that’s the fun part!

      The point is that studios don’t see dollar signs behind leading ladies–they see them in the bra cups of supporting ladies.

    • Junkie1 says:

      Oh yeah, and I forgot to mention Uma Thurman’s My Super Ex-Girlfriend, aka My Super Stereotypical Psycho Stalker Ex-Girlfriend. Fortunately, everyone gets paired off by the time the credits roll. Jeez Hollywood, way to cut it close!

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