6 Superwomen that Need their own Film NOW!
This past weekend, I finally saw Captain Marvel. One word:
As many of you probably know, this was the first movie of the Marvel film franchise with a female lead. The movie itself had everything a feminist could want: a strong - physically and mentally- female lead with depth, character., and, best of all, she was held up by no man.
Of course, one or two movies among the plethora of male-dominated superhero films is not the goal. The goal is much more. Here are six diverse superheroes who need to grace our screens next.
Katana is a Japanese master swordswoman whose blade, the Soultaker, contains the soul of her dead husband. The Soultaker sword collects the spirit of every person it kills, allowing a certain amount of communication between their ghosts and the person who wields the blade. Often appearing as a member of superhero teams like the Birds of Prey or the black-ops squad Outsiders, Katana received her big-screen debut in Suicide Squad, but still: An Asian, female, superhero? If DC knows what’s good for them, they’ll think about making Katana’s fascinating backstory into a film of its own.
2. She-Hulk (Marvel)
Why isn’t there an origin story film about She-Hulk? Seriously, she’d be perfect for it. She-Hulk is a fun character with a unique role in Marvel comics: lawyer to the superhero community. She shares her cousin Bruce Banner’s Hulk powers, but unlike him, she retains her original personality after hulking out. Her power manifests as super strength, green skin, and a confident personality, and her legal career fills an interesting niche in a universe where many heroes “solve” their problems with physical fights.
3. Nubia (DC)
Everyone knows of Wonder Woman, but a little known fact is that she had a twin named Nubia. Just like Diana, Nubia was molded out of clay, created to be the heroine's black sister. However, Nubia was kidnapped and raised by Mars, who controlled her mind and trained her to be an evil warrior. She and Wonder Woman go head-to-head in one issue, only to realize they're evenly matched. DC? We have your next movie! A sequel to Wonder Woman featuring her twin? A WoC as the lead, to boot? Yes, please!
4. Batgirl/Oracle (DC)
Barbara Gordon, Batgirl, changed her callsign to Oracle after the Joker infamously broke her spine in The Killing Joke. It’s a dark and controversial moment in Batman canon, but it led to a unique recovery arc for Barbara, as she forged a new role for herself as the information center of Batman’s team. As one of the only superheroes in a wheelchair, a film on the creation of the Oracle - without some false recovery invalidating people with disabilities - is well overdue.
5. Storm Ororo Munroe
Storm, is the child of a tribal princess of Kenya and an American photojournalist, David Munroe. Storm is able to control the weather and atmosphere. She’s one of the most powerful mutants on the planet and some think she’s a goddess. She’s one of the few African American superheroes and deserves to be in her own film on the big screen - and come on, you have to admit, Storm is a great name for a film.
6. Faith (Valiant)
First appearing in Valiant’s superhero comic Harbinger in 1992, Faith returned as a solo hero in 2016. Her superpowers (flight, force fields) are pretty typical, but what she’s most known for is her relatability. In a genre that often caters to a target audience of nerd boys, Faith is very much a nerd girl and is actually into fandom. She’s also the only plus-size superhero with any real name recognition, providing much-needed representation in a genre dominated by restrictive beauty standards.
Some of these you may have heard of for the first time here, but I hope these are the first of many. So what can you do to promote these heroines having their own films? Go to social media. Tweet your favorite celebrities, producers, and writers. Who knows? Maybe somebody will see it and make one of these badass women into the next big blockbuster film.