10 Comic-Book Heroines We Want in Movies!
Why She Deserves A Movie: Listen, we get why it's hard to bring Wonder Woman to the big screen. For one thing, she has a couple of powers that seem ready-made for Aquaman-style scorn (invisible plane! lasso of truth!). More problematically, she lives in a weird gray area of Proto-Feminist Icon and Skimpily-Dressed Bombshell. But that particularly modern gender-role confusion is even more reason for this movie to be made. Explicitly created in 1941 to break up the superhero boys' club, Wonder Woman's struggles in the world of men have never felt more topical.
Who Should Star: Practically every brunette actress in Hollywood has been rumored as a possibility to put on Wonder Woman's magic bracelets. As a left-field choice, Morena Baccarin would combine the requisite amount of hot charisma (see Firefly) and imperial authority (see V.) And then there's a really left-field choice that's actually brilliant: Beyoncé Knowles.
Who Should Direct: Kathryn Bigelow, who is Wonder Woman.
Why She Deserves a Movie: The most stylish and most charming incarnation of the Grim Reaper we've ever seen, Neil Gaiman's Death dresses like a goth and cheerfully shepherds the newly-dead into whatever lies in the great beyond.
Who Should Star: Carey Mulligan would bring a note-perfect mix of youthful impishness and wise-behind-her-years gravitas.
Who Should Direct: Sofia Coppola. The soundtrack would be incredible.
Why She Deserves a Movie: Vixen can imitate the abilities of any animal that ever lived. That eccentric superpower makes Vixen a uniquely adaptive superheroine. Think Catwoman on steroids.
Who Should Star: Zoe Saldana has the right look (Vixen's alter ego is a model), and her role in Avatar proved that she could go convincingly feral.
Who Should Direct: Neil Marshall has a good track record with strong female characters and utterly bizarre subject matter (The Descent and... okay, The Descent.)
Why She Deserves a Movie: We know that there already was a Supergirl movie back in 1984. But if Batman could get a second chance after Batman & Robin, then surely Superman's cousin deserves reboot. We envision a zippy action comedy, sort of an estrogen-pumped Iron Man.
Who Should Star: Anna Faris or Kristen Bell, depending on how farcical you want to take it. (Call it the Beppo Test: if Beppo the Super-Monkey appears in the movie, then it's Anna Faris.)
Who Should Direct: Peyton Reed, who made Bring it On and the criminally underrated Down with Love.
Why She Deserves a Movie: Comics legend Alan Moore is better known for masterworks like Watchmen and From Hell, two great graphic novels that became two so-so movies. We're betting Hollywood would have better luck with Promethea, the tale of a college student who becomes the embodiment of the titular supernatural being.
Who Should Star: Tricky. Promethea needs an actress who has Wonder Woman-level charisma, but who can also hold the movie together during lengthy tangents into visually gorgeous plotless meandering. We're going with Eva Green, the art film goddess who's also the best James Bond girl ever.
Who Should Direct: Did we mention visually gorgeous plotless meandering? Is Terry Gilliam available?
Why She Deserves a Movie: A famous stage magician and a powerful sorceress, Zatanna's got slightly more playful edge than most superheroes, which is on display in the jazzy new Zatanna series (written by Batman: The Animated Series co-creator Paul Dini.) We're thinking a supernatural-mystery thriller-romance, with lots of witty banter and magic fights. They make those, right?
Who Should Star: Anne Hathaway. Because she'll look great in a top hat.
Who Should Direct: If (500) Days of Summer's Marc Webb isn't too tired from Spider-Man 4, this would be right up his genre-mashing alley.
Why She Deserves a Movie: One of the many curious creations of cult comics maestro Fletcher Hanks, Fantomah (the Mystery Woman of the Jungle) has an unclear assortment of powers, which she mostly uses to protect animals from trappers and scientists. Also, whenever she uses one of her powers, her face turns into a blue skull. The kids will love her!
Who Should Star: As you may have guessed, only a crazy person would star in Fantomah. Lady Gaga, what's your schedule look like?
Who Should Direct: As you may have guessed, only a crazy person would direct Fantomah. Werner Herzog, what's your schedule look like?
Why She Deserves a Movie: A longtime supporting player in the X-Menverse, Domino is a mutant mercenary with a mysterious past and a fondness for artillery. Her distinctive look (pale white skin with an eyepatch-like black dot around one eye) is memorable, and her bizarre powers of probability manipulation (she's really lucky) could make for a slightly twisted action thriller.
Who Should Star: Olivia Wilde could project the right amount of ice-cold-killer charisma underneath a mountain of makeup. Also, we imagine she looks great holding a sniper rifle.
Who Should Direct: We're betting Catherine Hardwicke could bring her adrenaline-pumped direction from Thirteen and Lords of Dogtown (with just a touch of her moody Twilight) into the world of action-movie espionage.
Why She Deserves a Movie: Known as ''The Spirit of the 20th Century,'' the electricity-controlling Jenny Sparks was born on January 1, 1900, and found herself at the center of practically every major event of the following century, from the sinking of the Titanic to World War II and beyond. Add in the fact that she's a chain-smoking bisexual, and you've got one of the most distinctive heroines in comics.
Who Should Star: She doesn't have a British accent, but Katee Sackhoff radiates world-weary humor. Her Starbuck on Battlestar Galactica was a powder keg of emotions. We'd love to see her play Sparks in various incarnations throughout the century.
Who Should Direct: A Jenny Sparks movie would have to be a decade-spanning compilation of filmic modes and styles. Julie Taymor (Titus, Across the Universe, the maybe-upcoming Spider-Man musical) is the kind of risky director the project would need.
Why She Deserves a Movie: Barbara Gordon, the onetime Batgirl, lost the use of her legs after being shot by the Joker. In maybe the most incredible second act in comics history, she recreated herself as Oracle, a mega-hacker and information broker who's basically the Goddess of the Internet.
Who Should Star: Hilary Swank, star in this and you'll wipe away all memory of Amelia. (Much like how Million Dollar Baby made us forget The Affair of the Necklace.)
Who Should Direct: An Oracle movie could provide an intriguing look at the modern Information Age. Mary Harron turned the '80s into a gleefully dark wonderland in American Psycho: we're betting she could be the first director to make an actually-good techno-thriller. (Or anyways, better than The Net.)