The largest summer line-up of comic book films has arrived at its final debut. Culminant inside the Dog Days of Summer “Cowboys and Aliens” cinches the bookend’s cusp upon a 2011 movie season of green masks, star-spangled shields, a stake wielding padre and exiles in search of empowering weapons or mutant powers within. Seven comic book stories lit up the box office dimly, with brilliance or at a near blackout. Out of all the movies this year, and of those massive filmmaker machine looks towards next year, one film presented female leads able to don emblazoned uniforms and monikers on their own ultra-ability’s merit. The singular oasis of “X-Men: First Class”.
The X-Men franchise has engendered the isolation of the underdogs, of being different through the ploy metaphor of genes delivering certain powers. This year, the latest in the mutant franchise emblematically defined itself amidst a highly marketed boon year for superhero based movies.
X-Men also intrinsically signify a small band of comrades, the team resiliently standing tall in the trenches from a gauntlet of contrarian opposition. A detraction that doesn’t dilute the notable inclusion of women with superpowers, though it does circle in red a clarity. None of these touted blockbusters were solo roles for superheroines.
The dearth has not factored a silence for a want of superheroic femme fatales, but muted failures to produce a decent film laterally categorizes into the abashedly unspoken topics in general comic book movie conversations.
The list of slumps lacking female leads of a “Kick Ass” nature such as the dynamic mite Hit Girl hasn’t matured to an upward extent instead of the downcurve exhibited amongst comic book film’s deficits overall. “Catwoman”. “Supergirl”. “Tank Girl”. “Elektra”. “Red Sonja”. The list can outsource into adaptations from video games or animation or science fiction. “Aeon Flux”. “Ultraviolet”. “Tomb Raider”.
A female fanbase or the fabled lack thereof can not be sufficiently blamed for the box office numbers on any movie with a female actor shouldering the starring role. Comic book conventions exemplify the growing demographic for female subscribers reading everything from a mass of independent titles up to the superhero plethora. Cosplayers to “Twilight” devotees have been notably sighted in attendance concurrently with the media coverage at San Diego Comic Con.
The other side of the convention panel discussions isn’t sparse on comic book talents. Stand out creators like Gail Simone, Laura Martin and Amanda Connor are just a few bright brush strokes comprising the multi-faceted talents across the drop of the hat named contingent of high profile comics creators.
The corps of comics creators who are women are the core Hollywood should be calling in as consultants and story editors. A move capable of franchising an a syndicate action-thriller for the Huntress to the beat of a movie like “Wanted”. Break-through saga with Dawn as the lead, along a storyline where “The Craft” meets “V for Vendetta”. The Christine Spar version of Grendel, a spiraling tragedy all its own prototypical film. One blockbuster of a no-holds barred CGI Witchblade, an addition on the “Blade” like themes.
Superheroines will be in converging theatrical evidence in 2012, as seen within the forecasting posters and marketing for these coming soon tertiary or sophomore installments. “The Avengers” jumps to the top midst of a checklist for highly anticipated films in theaters next year; “The Dark Knight” jostling for the number one spot as well on said list.
Scarlett Johansson stands to be one of the actors whose reprisal in “The Avengers” will initiate applause at her foremost scene. Johansson astounded movie crowds portraying the acrobatically martial Black Widow in 2010s “Iron Man 2”
Separately, Johansson and Anne Hathaway, who will play the ever popular good to be bad Catwoman, deposit the security for a strong presence for all movie-goers. However the two will be part of an ensemble; independent starring an allusion found in the possibility of future productions.
Hollywood studios might heed the groundswell outcry that has shaken geekdom into the pillars of the Big Two comic book publishers.
DC Comics recently had to reaffirm their commitment to diversity inside page content amid their publishing revamp incorporated of 52 all-new starter comic books, and outside the pages in the assignments of more female creative talents.
The publisher’s response became necessary after an increasing amount of feedback from statements made at the recent San Diego Comic Con.
A similar foment had begun to make itself known throughout 2010, a poignant and apex year on the failing development for a Wonder Woman live action adaptation to hit theaters. Part of the many inquiries gained in volume as the “Green Lantern” production moved ahead. Pre-production for a “Wonder Woman” was continually an entertainment news segment of no progression, and the why’s provoking the insistence that Themyscira’s foremost warrior and heroine had been setback continually – all after another Superman reboot had been announced a few years following the “Superman Returns” fallacy – in favor for the lesser household fame Hal Jordan was given as greenlit.
Sources of fandom had accordant outcries occurred when the roster going into “The Avengers” remained speculative. Many fans believed the Wasp would be present, and prior to the announcement of the Black Widow’s teaming into Marvel’s super-elite assemblage mentions had begun to rise for superheroines from Marvel Comics to gain their own spotlights with the same quaility of directorial and writing merits.
After all, it happens within the comic book industry more frequently than depicted on the silver screen.