Joss Whedon undoubtedly scored a home run with The Avengers, but the mastermind behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer is still bemoaning the lack of female leads in super hero action films.
He went on the record stating:
“Toymakers will tell you they won’t sell enough, and movie people will point to the two terrible superheroine movies that were made and say, You see? It can’t be done. [Catwoman and Elektra] It’s stupid, and I’m hoping The Hunger Games will lead to a paradigm shift. It’s frustrating to me that I don’t see anybody developing one of these movies. It actually pisses me off. My daughter watched The Avengers and was like, ‘My favorite characters were the Black Widow and Maria Hill,’ and I thought, Yeah, of course they were. I read a beautiful thing Junot Diaz wrote: ‘If you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves.'”
Whedon has already announced that the Scarlet Witch will be in The Avengers 2. Who else deserves their own feature film? Here are my picks.
5. Dazzler – She was originally created to be a tie-in between Marvel and Casablanca Records. Since electronic dance music is so huge now, I think it could be Dazzler’s time! Joss Whedon did a whole episode of Buffy as a musical… how about a whole movie?
4. Photon – In the 80s, she was Captain Marvel, Marvel’s biggest name female hero. Though she has undergone several name changes, she is without a doubt one of Marvel’s mightiest heroes with her ability to shift between different energy forms. How cool would it be to have the first female hero to headline their own movie to be a woman of color?
3. She-Hulk – Mark Ruffalo turned The Hulk around, but before that, there was doubt that the Hulk could really deliver on the big screen. Substituting his cousin, Jennifer Walters. the She-Hulk, could pay off! She has all the strength, but retains her (highly sexual) personality.
2. Captain Marvel – It’s CAPTAIN, not Ms.! Carol Danvers took on the mantle of Captain Marvel and has consistently been carving out her own niche in the Marvel Universe. She can absorb energy, fly and has super strength. She’s pretty much tailor made for the silver screen.
1. The Wasp – Forget an Ant-Man movie! The Wasp was always more entertaining than Hank Pym! Janet Van Dyne was a socialite that came to posses wings and a bio-electric sting and was one of the few super heroes that just enjoyed being a super hero! She was happy-go-lucky and loved fashion, adopting a new costume with new adventure. (Can you say multiple action figures?)
What do you think? Which heroes should Whedon take on? Which female heroes do you think deserve their own movie? Comment below!