EV-ER-Y actor in Hollywood would like to play a superhero. They say so every chance they get. And who can blame them? It’s the dominant genre at the box office right now, and ‘Avengers: Endgame’ just became the highest-grossing movie of all time. What’s rarer is when an actor actually reads and knows comics and has a specific character in mind, and doesn’t just want to jump on the bandwagon for a hefty paycheck.
Tiffany Haddish just shut down an interview with Yahoo!, in which the 39-year-old was asked if she might like to star as Batgirl (who is usually depicted as a teen or early twentysomething), to which she responded:
“I’d rather be Wonder Woman’s sister, Nubia. [From] the 1976-78 issue of Wonder Woman. Yeah, I know my comic books. Don’t get it twisted. Also, I would rather be Mystery Girl.”
She shut ME down. I had no idea who Mystery Girl was, but it turns out she is a character from Dark Horse Comics, who first appeared in 2015, in a comic by writer Paul Tobin and artist Alberto Alburquerque.
Trine Hampstead knows everything. Ask her a question like “Where are my keys?” or “Is he cheating on me?” or “How are there perfectly preserved mammoths in recent ice?” and she just knows. She’s the Mystery Girl. The only thing Trine doesn’t know is how she knows—or anything else from the last ten years of her life.
As for Nubia, originally, she was Wonder Woman’s “twin sister,” molded from black clay, as Diana was molded from white, and given life by the goddesses, but abducted as a baby by Mars the God of War, who raised her and manipulated her into battling Diana. Nubia dwelled in a floating island otherwise inhabited by all men. Over the years, Nubia hasn’t appeared often, and usually, when she does, her origin is changed, and she is not generally considered Wonder Woman’s sister anymore. Often she is depicted and referred to as the Wonder Woman of Africa.
When Natasha Rothwell was cast in ‘Wonder Woman 1984’, the hashtag #princessnubia spiked on social media, although it isn’t believed that this is who Rothwell is playing.
There are a lot of chefs in the kitchen when it comes to the DC movies, so it’s unknown whether or not Nubia will appear in the films. It’s a long shot.
But ‘Mystery Girl’ could be a different story as it’s a creator-owned concept. Considering that Haddish is knowledgeable about the comics, perhaps her interest will be enough to get the ball rolling. All it took for Fox to get a ‘Gambit’ film into development was Channing Tatum saying that he wanted to play the character. Fox spent years developing a film which never came to be. ‘Mystery Girl’ would surely be a more conservatively-priced endeavor.
Haddish is best known for comedic projects, but she stars on the TBS dramedy ‘The Last OG’ and can currently be seen in the mob drama ‘The Kitchen’. Her voice will be heard in the comedic animated movie ‘The Angry Birds Movie 2’ out next weekend.
What do you think? Are you familiar with Mystery Girl? Would Haddish be good in that role? Or would she be better portraying Nubia in a ‘Wonder Woman’ sequel?