Though they’ve always been good for periodic Batman and Spider-Man epics or Indy comic adaptations ala ‘Men In Black’, lately Hollywood has found once again that superheroes sell.  The upside is increased visibility for characters like Superman, long considered box-office (you should excuse the expression) Kryptonite, the downside comes when Hollywood group-think forces everyone into the same angsty, violent mold.  One thing we haven’t so far seen is a breakout hit featuring a female hero, what with Wonder Woman trapped in development hell and very few others with a high enough profile to warrant risking eleventy-skrabillion dollars on (at least from the perspective of Hollywood’s money-folks.)

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) wouldn’t mind a good Carol Danvers movie, even if she is awful, because they’ll change everything for a movie anyway, asking: What female super-type most deserves her own solo movie outing?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. Ricco
    June 24, 2013 at 11:36 am — Reply

    Gail Simone’s Wonder Woman, it was the best run the character had in years.

    Of course the dream would be Birds of Prey (original run), with Lady Shiva guest starring.

  2. Dino
    June 24, 2013 at 11:36 am — Reply

    Wonder Woman. She’s a cultural icon that is almost as recognizable as Superman and yet no one seems to want to put any serious effort into making a movie about her. It boggles the mind.

  3. June 24, 2013 at 11:41 am — Reply

    I’d really love to see a movie about DC Comics character Jade, the daughter of the original Green Lantern Alan Scott. It may not be as epic a story as you’d expect from Wonder Woman or possibly Supergirl, but not every movie has to be end-of-the-world epic. Her powers are light and she has a twin brother with darkness powers (that could even be part of the plot), she’s the daughter of both a hero and a villain, she’s posed for a sexy magazine… It could easily be a young adult drama (saying teen drama sounds wrong).

    • June 25, 2013 at 8:44 pm — Reply

      You’re wrong. These days every movie does have to be an end of the world epic. The studios don’t think we would sit still for anything less.

  4. June 24, 2013 at 11:50 am — Reply

    Catwoman…the real Selina Kyle. Not the hot mess with Hallie Berry.

  5. Hezzie
    June 24, 2013 at 1:39 pm — Reply

    Storm from the x-men.

    Not an actual x-men movie, but the backstory only of Ororo the african weather goddess.
    Stopping the movie before she is even “found” by Xavier would be really cool too.
    And please, not Halle Berry to play her.

  6. Voldare
    June 24, 2013 at 2:02 pm — Reply

    I’d love to see more superhero movies. The problem with female lead characters is they aren’t taken very seriously. You do have exceptions such as Wonder Woman and Catwoman and you do have a ton of supporting female team members (X-Men comes to mind having a large list of female heroes that have been taken seriously). But overall the industry (mostly the big 2) have put female characters in skimpy outfits to be eye candy for a largely male reading audience.

    I don’t agree with that treatment but that is the current landscape… with hopefully some changes on the horizon. Until you get a comic book out there with a serious female lead who comic readers (both male and female) can get behind… Hollywood isn’t going to shell out $200+ million on a big budget female superhero movie.

    With the being said… Wonder Woman would be the most obvious choice given her star power and credibility. The challenge is updating her to the modern era while keeping the core of the character intact.

    Just my 2 cents anyways…

    • June 25, 2013 at 11:51 pm — Reply

      Even the comics have trouble keeping the core of the character intact. The ambassador of peace is a bloody warrior now because they think the only way to take a character seriously is to make her/him an ass kicker.

      • Voldare
        June 26, 2013 at 8:50 am — Reply

        I don’t know if I’d say “bloody warrior”… I’m waiting to give final judgement on that movie when the sequel comes out. If there is no remorse… no change in behavior… because of what happened then I’d agree that the core the character has been corrupted.

        I give some slack in this movie because he is just discovering the extent of his powers, has no real experience using them, and never faced anyone even close to that power level before. There were some very small hints of his core there… but they certainly were not front & center.

        • September 24, 2013 at 6:18 am — Reply

          I was talking about Wonder Woman. Are you talking about Wolverine?

  7. aerohalen1
    June 24, 2013 at 3:59 pm — Reply

    Wonder Woman…….nuff said.

  8. kaptaran
    June 24, 2013 at 4:16 pm — Reply

    How about Carol Danvers as Ms. Marvel/Captain Marvel? (Aside from the whole Captain Marvel name snafu)

  9. kaptaran
    June 24, 2013 at 4:17 pm — Reply

    Do’h! I didn’t read the whole thing before posting. Matthew already pointed this out.

  10. June 24, 2013 at 5:11 pm — Reply

    Of all of the female characters that would actuallyb make a great possible feature film…I would go with Misty Knight and Collen Wing. They are more Grounded for sure. Lesser knowns, absolutely. however thinking of hollywood and what constitutes a hit: I think this is a slam dunk ala Blade. Think martial arts meets sci-fi (Misty’s Robotic Arm), meets detective thriller. Name it Daughters of the Dragon. have it deal with some ancient prophecy Where two very different Fbi agents [colleen and Misty] are paired on the case because of profile of said serial killer[becasue of the prophecy] and later discover that the trail ends three movies later in K’un L’un. I will have to report back on the actresses for this Movie. But dude throw in some dragony wierdness and some good comic relief and Boom!

  11. Luis Dantas
    June 24, 2013 at 6:51 pm — Reply

    Madame Xanadu.

  12. June 24, 2013 at 7:00 pm — Reply

    I’d really enjoy a well done Batgirl solo. Batwoman might be even better, as you wouldn’t have to have Batman show up in the film, just acknowledged.

  13. June 24, 2013 at 7:54 pm — Reply

    Dazzler, not some silly dark serious reboot of dazzler. Full blown disco-ploiation Dazzling Dazzler!

  14. June 24, 2013 at 8:22 pm — Reply

    I’d like one of the many new Star Wars movies to be a standalone Mara Jade story, that would make me happy.

    • June 24, 2013 at 8:36 pm — Reply

      When they announced that they may be doing more Star Wars movies not directly part of the “main” line after the Disney acquisition, one of my immediate thoughts was “I hope they do a Mara Jade movie during her time as the Emperor’s Hand”. Then hopefully they’ll be able to make a sequel set after the fall of the Empire but also separate from any of the novel stories (there is plenty of uncovered ground during that period even with all the Mara Jade stories out there).

      • June 25, 2013 at 1:11 am — Reply

        By The Emperor’s Hand was one of the first mini series I ever read as a comic reader. Always has a fond place in my memories :)

  15. June 25, 2013 at 4:38 am — Reply

    Since DC would turn a Birds of Prey or Wonder Woman movie into a gray, joyless affair, I’d have to go with the Daughters of the Dragon. Marvel makes fun movies, they’re more down-to-earth threat-wise, and you can have some great friendly banter between Misty & Colleen as well.

  16. Gary
    June 25, 2013 at 8:21 am — Reply

    I know it’s never going to happen, but I think it would be awesome to see a gritty, Marvel MAX version of The Dazzler in the hands of someone like Robert Rodriguez.

  17. June 25, 2013 at 9:57 am — Reply

    I think Wonder Woman would be the best all around. Although she is a bit small Gina Carano would be a great fit for her.

  18. Rome
    June 25, 2013 at 11:59 am — Reply

    She-Hulk. She is awesome. A smart, professional lawyer who just happens to have green skin and super-strength.

    I can’t believe this movie HASN’T been made already. She should at least make a cameo in the Avengers sequel.

  19. June 25, 2013 at 4:09 pm — Reply

    Concerning she hulk, i would think the reason she hasn’t had a major motion picture would be the same reason that she hasn’t held down a book. The character written the way she is(in the past) is inherently boring. Most people think of Jennifer Walters and She-hulk as the same person when really they are not. Jennifer Walters is a Straight Laced by the books attorney, where as She-Hulk is a Super Strong uninhibited amazon. the story should be about wish fulfillment. think of She-hulk as Jennifer Walters drunk on super power and the consequences of that. What reprecussions would that bring. What damage does that do to her life as jennifer walters like bruce but in a different vein. Where He is seen as an out fo Control Monster, she is seen as wild out of control, party amazon? And whne it is discover that its her [let’s say she is an assistant District or attorney or other high position] not some random person, how does she rectify that? and what if she has a trigger an allergic reaction of sorts ala “Blind Date.” then you have some thing to work with. she could be less of a thinker more of a doer, which also has it’s share of trouble getting revenge before consider the downside could provide a lot of tension. have her betrayed by a trusted colleague and you have some depth the character hasn’t really displayed since her introduction when she almost died. lot of angles in there.

  20. AllenBT
    June 25, 2013 at 7:09 pm — Reply

    Unfortunately there’s only a handful of female superheros that have been able to carry solo books for any length of time without resorting to cheesecake-athons.

    Wonderwoman’s recent development fiasco might have sunk her chances for this go around and Batgirl belongs too strongly to the Batman stable.

    Over at Marvel, Ms. Marvel, despite her current popularity, is a derivative character and while Dazzler would be fun, does anyone really think Disney is going to sign off on a roller skating, disco singing, strobe light in tights? Really?

    You need to think outside the box. A looser definition of Superhero…like Xena. Come on a big (ok maybe medium budget) Warrior Princess could be fun. And we know the suits love to recycle TV properties. A strong sidekick in Gabrielle and maybe Hercules as a supporting character?!? What’s not to like?

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