Ten Female superhero movies to look forward to
Superhero movies have been the realm of male characters for too long, but women are on the rise. Fortunately, there are many in development
ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL Jumping across the pond for some Japanese source material, we have Alita: Battle Angel, based on the hit manga series already adapted into anime by Yukito Kishiro. Robert Rodriguez has picked up this project, which will star Rosa Salazar, Christoph Walz, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, Michelle Rodriguez, and many more. The film is being produced by James Cameron, who also adapted the manga into the screenplay. The plot will revolve around the first four books of the series, which involve the establishment of the character, her impressive rise towards stardom, the sport of Motorball, which featured heavily in the third and fourth book, and the underlying conflict the lore presents throughout. Alita: Battle Angel is scheduled to release on December 21, 2018.
WONDER WOMAN 1984 Wonder Woman’s amazing success at the box office as well as its critical reception offered little doubt DC would go forward with a sequel. Fortunately, that’s exactly what we are getting when DC releases Wonder Woman 1984 in 2019. The movie is being directed by Jenkins and will star Gal Gadot once again. Kristen Wiig has been confirmed as Barbara Ann Minerva, aka Cheetah, one of Wonder Woman’s greatest comic book villains. Interestingly, despite his seemingly final fate in Wonder Woman, Chris Pine will reprise his role as Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman 1984. The plot of the film is mostly unknown, but it will take place in the 1980s and will revolve around the conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union. At some point, she will engage with Cheetah, but there is no indication how this will play out. The film is set to release on November 1, 2019.
BIRDS OF PREY Margot Robbie had a breakout role as Harley Quinn for 2016’s Suicide Squad. While that film failed to break box office expectations, it was praised for Robbie’s portrayal of Harley , which is why she is being tapped for a slew of movies. The first of these projects is already in development and is tentatively titled Birds of Prey. In the comics, the Birds of Prey are a group of crimefighting female superheroes, with a roster that includes Batgirl, Huntress, and Black Canary. The film was pitched by Robbie as “an R-rated girl gang film including Harley.” The project also landed a female director when it signed Cathy Yan to direct in April 2018. The project is a ways off and reportedly won’t begin principal photography until January 2019, so it might not hit theaters until sometime in 2020.
BATGIRL There have been 11+ Batman films and eight television series, but as of yet, not a single Batgirl movie. That’s finally about to change with a film written by Christina Hodson. The film is said to be based on the Barbara Gordon version of the popular character from the New 52. At present, the studio has yet to land a director, though it is shopping for a female director to take the job. The Batgirl film has seen some time in development hell thanks to losing the man who launched the project: Joss Whedon. Initially, Whedon was set to write, produce, and direct the film but dropped out when he admitted he didn’t have the right story to tell. While the film has yet to receive a director, it is still slotted for release sometime in 2019.
BLACK CAT Originally, Sony planned to release a Silver & Black film spun-off from Spider-Man, but reports changed in August 2018. With that concept shelved, Sony began development of two separate films starring Silver Sable and Black Cat. Silver & Black was to be written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, but reports say that she won’t write or direct the solo outings. Black Cat will rise from the ashes of the abandoned Silver & Black to allow for a more direct focus on the character. Black Cat is Spider-Man’s nemesis-turned-ally/lover who was first introduced back in 1979. There aren’t many details yet known as far as what we might expect from a solo Black Cat film, but odds are it will focus on the development of Felicia Hardy as a cat burglar who turns her life around and becomes a superhero.
KITTY PRYDE Everybody’s favorite phasing X-Man is finally getting her own solo flick if-- all goes according to Tim Miller’s plans. Miller, the director of Deadpool has been working on the project since at least January 2018 with his sights set on possibly directing it. The fate of this film is tenuous due to the coming merger between Disney and Fox Studios. In the meantime, Miller has been working hard on the pitch with Brian Michael Brendis, so there is a chance we might get to see a solo outing for Kitty Pryde. As for the plot, it could involve her time with the X-Men or even as Star-Lord, which may even be a way to tie her into the MCU once the merger is approved.
SILVER SABLE Like with the solo Black Cat film, Sony is banking on the success of its Spider-Man spinoffs and began developing a solo project in August 2018. Since the announcement the solo film would be split in two, there isn’t much in the way of details. Silver Sable is one of Spider-Man’s oldest allies/sometimes enemies, having first appeared in the books back in 1985. A solo movie will likely focus on her mercenary company and may stray from interacting with Spider-Man, similar to the Venom film. This project is in the early stages of development, so no release date is scheduled.
BLACK WIDOW Ever since Scarlett Johansson debuted on the silver screen as Black Widow in Iron Man 2, fans have been begging Marvel for a solo film. After all, Johansson who had already solidified herself among Hollywood’s elite years before playing a character with an incredible backstory— why hadn’t Marvel moved forward with his project? Finally, after years of badgering, Marvel is moving forward with a solo flick. A Black Widow standalone film is currently in development over at Marvel Studios with Jac Schaeffer working on the script. While the movie is still in the early phase of development, it landed Cate Shortland to direct. Johansson personally advocated for the hiring of Shortland, which pleased fans who were adamant a woman helm the project.
SUPERGIRL Supergirl is no stranger to movie stardom, having already appeared in a solo film back in 1984. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the best superhero movie and it’s high time she got another chance at the silver screen. Warner Bros. is actively looking to hire a female director for their standalone Supergirl film, with recent reports indicating The Handmaid’s Tale director Reed Morano as a top contender. Development of a Supergirl film will likely stray from the current CW television series in the same way the Flash did in the Justice League film. That suggests Melissa Benoist will likely remain on the small screen while another actress will be chosen to take on the role, but nothing is confirmed at this point. As of now, the movie is in development, but no release date has been set. -Agencies
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