It’s kind of crazy when you realize that there hasn’t been a female-driven superhero film in almost a decade. Seriously…what is up with that? Well, it seems that the topic is one that’s on everyone’s minds lately: even Stan Lee chimed in on the subject back in September with a kind of depressing reason why it is the way it is. According to Lee:
“Probably at some time … they’ll make a movie of the Black Widow. The thing is the women like these movies [male-driven superhero movies] as much as the guys, so we don’t have to knock ourselves out to find a female … but we will.”
Ummm, okay. But maybe that day will be upon us sooner than we think? It will if Natalie Portman is correct.
In an exclusive interview with SciFiNow, the Thor: The Dark World actress revealed that a female-driven superhero movie is in the works.
“There are definitely many strong women, but it will be exciting when there is a central female character which I think is coming – I have heard is coming – and, of course, also a central non-white character will also be exciting. Title characters.”
Of course, Portman is quick to credit Marvel for the strong female supporting characters that they do bring to the screen:
“They do definitely have strong female characters in them and I think it’s a testament to the people who run Marvel, their respect, their just normal human respect for women, the way they want to characterize them; you can tell when men talk to you, as just a person or as a ‘woman’”
In the interview, Portman also discussed her disappointment over the firing of director Patty Jenkins from the Thor sequel. Jenkins was set to become the first female director of a superhero tentpole and Portman was instrumental in getting her on board.
“I was very upset because Patty is a wonderful woman. I was excited to work with her but I understood why she chose to leave and Alan [Taylor] is really wonderful, so it was bittersweet.”
Hmmmm, maybe more female superhero directors would also be a good thing? I guess for now, those supporting female characters will have to sustain us. Check out Portman as Jane Foster when Thor: The Dark World opens on October 30th.
What’s your opinion on the subject? What female superheroes would you like to see get the big screen treatment. Tell us what you think in the comments!
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