Hello Lovely Readers,
So today is a bunch of news about women from comics and the movies we can expect them in. While I count myself a huge fan of comic book based movies I admit that I only follow Batwoman in actual comic books, so most of this information is based on what other people have said about the actual text.
The most recent exciting news is the tentative announcement of a solo Black Widow movie joining the Marvel franchise. There has been a lot of chatter about this for a long time, but until now it has seemed to come from the fanbase rather than the powers in charge. Right now it appears like we would get to see Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in her solo movie sometime after Winter Solider (this year) and The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), both of which she is supposed to have decent sized parts in. I am excited because Scarlett Johansson plays Black Widow very well, she is tough (with no super powers) but with a dark past, and honestly slightly ambiguous morals! All the things I love in my heroes. There is the added bonus that Joss Wedon may be the one behind the scenes, which based on many of his other strong female characters leaves me with optimism!
Over on the DC Comic side of cinema, there were some pictures from Gal Gadot of her bulking up to play Wonder Woman. While she will not have her own movie yet, she is set to have a part in the unnamed Superman/Batman movie and the following Justice League movie. It is likely after those films the powers in charge will decide if she gets her own movie. However, I am less confident in the portray from DC of essentially the most well known female hero and I am not alone as you can read here. The first concern is that she is only supposed to be a bit part alongside DC’s Big Two. Second, there are legitimate concerns about the director Zak Snyder. Against him is that generally his adaptation of Superman wasn’t that well received, and that is a hard back-story to mess up (admittedly I have not seen it, but I cannot stand Superman). More worrying to all the female fans who want a complex Wonder Woman who could have her own movie, is that Snyder does not have the best history with portraying strong women. While I enjoyed Sucker Punch it was not a strong female movie, instead it was more exploitation. While there is a chance that things could work out, I am not holding my breath, just like I am not holding it for the Superman/Batman movie. Knowing the industry as well, if Wonder Woman is not well received it will likely be at least 10 years before we see another female superhero.
Back over to Marvel, is that soon the Guardians of the Galaxy will be released (August), and the first trailers look rather promising. I find it exciting that we gt at least two interesting female characters. The first played by Zoe Saldana (who I loved in The Losers) is Gamora. She is described as the last of her race, a known solider and assassin with over a dozen counts of murder to her name! Second is played by Karen Gillan (of Doctor Who) who will be playing Nebula, a brutal space pirate and mercenary. Not only are these two ladies attractive, they are scary-fierce! I hope we see a good bit of them!
Last is the new 300 sequel, 300 Arise. I loved the first (especially since I had studied the Pass of Thermopylae in school) and honestly I am rather excited to see more in the same style. Even better is that it looks like we get two more strong ladies. The first is Lena Headey returning as Queen Gorgo. Opposite her is Eva Green as Artemisia, who seems to be the driving force behind threat to Sparta. Rather exciting is that these two are the top listed in IMDB, so hopefully that means we will be seeing a lot of them! If not I just hope this one is a fun to watch as the first!
To sum up my thoughts about Marvel versus DC comics, I found the picture below. While I love Batman and Batwoman, I find DC a bit slow and conservative. As far as movies go Marvel is winning hands down, but maybe DC will finally get their act together!
What do you guys think? Which movies/character are you most excited for?
Until next time,