Could Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman be the most important superhero movie of recent years?
The film, released on June 2, represents the first major female-fronted superhero film in a long, long time and with Warner Bros. is in need of a shot in the arm after Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman could be just the ticket.
More importantly though, Wonder Woman could usher in a whole new wave of female-fronted superhero movies. Hollywood has been reluctant to give female superheroes their own solo projects over recent years, but that could be about to change with the arrival of Diana Prince.
Just as the success of Deadpool kicked off something of an R-rated revolution over at 20th Century Fox, the success of Wonder Woman could lead to a whole host of female superheroes getting their own films.
With Harley Quinn, Jean Grey and Captain Marvel already set to get their own movies over the next few years, loaded presents a few other heroines who deserve a chance to shine:
It’s been talked about for years now, but it really is time that Scarlett Johansson got her own Black Widow spin-off movie.
The highest-grossing actress of all time, playing one of the most engaging characters in the entire Marvel universe sounds like it’d be an open goal for Marvel. However, scheduling issues have prevented a Black Widow movie being greenlit, despite Johansson being open to the project. “I think we both agree that the character is right for a standalone, it’s just a case of timing at this point for both Marvel and myself,” she told Total Film Magazine. Make it happen guys…
Lost star Evangeline Lilly made her Marvel debut as The Wasp in 2015’s Ant-Man, and pretty much stole the show alongside Paul Rudd. As perhaps one of the most unconventional superhero characters to get a big-screen adaptation over recent years, a Wasp spin-off movie would be a pretty intriguing prospect for most Marvel fans. Her popularity has already recognised by Marvel after her name was added to the title of upcoming sequel ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’. If the 2018 movie is a success, we’ll bet good money that The Wasp gets her own spin-off soon after.
While 1984’s Supergirl might be one of the strangest superhero movies ever made, it’s about time the character was revisited on the big-screen. The Supergirl TV series has proved hugely popular since it launched on the CW and Amazon Prime back in 2015, and whether current Supergirl Melissa Benoist is the one to play her in a movie adaptation or not, it’s about time someone did the character justice with a new film.
The second Guardians of the Galaxy movie has already taken a huge amount at the box office, and it’s only a matter of time before Marvel capitalises with spin-offs and crossover movies, right? Pretty much all the franchise’s memorable characters could headline movies in their own right, including Zoe Saldana’s Gamora. We’d love to see the reformed assassin get her own movie, but we’re not holding our breath. After all, Saldana will be pretty tied up over the next few years working on those THREE Avatar sequels that no-one really asked for…
Elizabeth Olsen has proven herself to be a great addition to the Marvel universe since joining the franchise as the Scarlet Witch in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. She’s also one of the oldest characters in the entire X-Men series, featuring in the fourth episode of the original comic back in 1964. Olsen’s set to appear in Avengers: Infinity War next year, and by then we hope Marvel bosses recognise the potential for her character and ask Olsen to helm her own Scarlet Witch spin-off movie.