Women Superheroes in movies
Last week I talked about Black Superheroes in movies and there’s not very many of them, and there’s only a couple good ones in there. And I’m getting close to finishing up the movies for February so I thought I should make a plan for what to watch in March. There aren’t any new movies coming out until The Avengers in early May so there’s no help there. I looked it up online and like February is Black History month, I saw that March is Women’s history month. Then I went to my list of movies to look for movies that have a woman in the lead superhero role. I only found 6. Two of them I had already reviewed and they were awful, Supergirl and Catwoman. The next four didn’t seem to be much better, My Super Ex Girlfriend, Elektra, Barb Wire, and Tank Girl. I think I’ve heard mixed reviews on Tank Girl, but the rest are really bad.
So why is it that there are so few good lead female superhero movies? There are plenty of good, or at least popular female action movies, like the Resident Evil series, but not superhero movies. I imagine that part of it is that there aren’t that many lead female superheroes in comics period. There’s Wonder Woman… and that’s all I can think of off the top of my head. There are others, like Batgirl, Supergirl, Hawkgirl, Sue Storm, Rogue and Storm from the X-men, but they are more like second string members of a team led by male characters or copies of male superheroes with “girl” tacked on at the end instead of “man”.
Personally, I’m a big fan of women that can kick ass. I enjoy the Resident Evil movies, Underworld, Tomb Raider, even ones that are often panned like Ultraviolet and Elektra. I don’t feel emasculated, threatened, or anything else of the sort. I just plain enjoy watching it and I really do wish there were more movies made along those lines that don’t have the actress contorting her body to try and get her breasts and ass facing the camera at the same time. I’m really looking forward to watching Snow White and the Huntsman and the Hunger Games. With superhero movies coming into vogue lately, why hasn’t anyone stepped up to make a good movie starring a woman. I would pay good money to see a Harley Quinn movie. Make it more psychological and satirical playing off of her being more of an antihero while downplaying but not completely ignoring the role of the Joker in all of it, even though it’s still fairly early to try and reprise the role retaken so brilliantly by Heath Ledger.
Finishing off this week’s blog I have two questions that I’d love to hear comments on. First, what superheroine movie would you like to see? And second, what movies or at least what kind of movies would you like to see me watch for March? I feel like it’s been quiet around this blog lately so if you enjoy what I do, make yourself heard. Coming up on Thursday is my review for Shaq’s masterwork of cinema, Steel. Until next time, this has been Bubbawheat for Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights.
Posted on February 14, 2012, in Blogs and tagged batgirl, Blog, elektra, heroines, movies, resident evil, Supergirl, Superhero, underworld, women, wonder woman. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.
I’d love to see a Black Canary/Green Arrow movie. In the comics I’ve read from their series, they’re portrayed as more or less equal.
And if they did it, they would absolutely have to cast Yvonne Strahovski as Black Canary. 😉
I thought Green Arrow in Smallville was pretty great, I never got much of a feel for Black Canary though. Looking forward to the Arrow series coming up, maybe she’ll show up in there somewhere.
Yeah, not a fan of Smallville Black Canary either. Actually couldn’t separate the actress from her role in Stargate Universe.
Black Canary in Justice League Unlimited was awesome though (and voiced by Morena Baccarin from Firefly and V)
Not sure if it fits your specific Genre of Superhero movies, but Sucker Punch was pretty decent, and it features an all female group of Heroes (albeit imaginary). Loving the blog so far. keep the reviews coming.
Thanks for commenting! I’ve seen Suckerpunch and I didn’t really care for it too much. In my mind though it’s just an action movie. Maybe for next Tuesday’s blog I’ll talk about what I think defines a “superhero” vs. a “hero” or “action star”.