Hell Hath No Fury: Female Superheroes Take Over (again)

Whether you’re a fan of the latest superhero films or not, fasten your seatbelts because you’re along for the ride and you don’t really have much of a choice. DC already announced a Wonder Woman sequel once the smoke clears from the Justice League movie coming up and its solo character films following, but — wait, there’s more! DC told fans it has plans for a Gotham City Sirens movie and then possibly a Batgirl spin-off is in the works as well. Plans always change, but more than likely, this path that we’re now on is endless.

There’s no longer a need to ask the question “Is this really necessary?” anymore because comic-book movies aren’t going anywhere any time soon. And, from the looks of it, neither are female superhero movies. DC’s Wonder Woman had so much box-office success that, naturally, Marvel will compete with more female-led superhero films. Marvel already announced Captain Marvel more than a year ago to be released in 2019.

For some reason, there are talks of a She-Hulk spin-off movie now and Rachel Talalay (yes, a woman), director of several notable TV series including Doctor Who and The Flash, spilled to someone that she’d “like” to be the one to direct it. M’kay, go for it. She obviously has some directorial credibility, but not much movie experience. But, who cares? From how Marvel and DC make it seem, because she’s a woman she’ll know how to direct a female-led superhero movie, right?

It is great that the superhero films of late are so focused on women empowerment since our generation is now experiencing a soft-launch of another feminist movement, but too much at once can oversaturate the story, the movie in general, and the intent of it.

Female superheroes open new doors for DC and Marvel; however, too many (especially if they’re rolled out in a short amount of time) could lead to the movies losing their meaning, their symbolism, what they stand for – just like they have for many of the male-led superhero movies.

Wonder Woman is a unique character; there’s no other like her. When you start bringing in all of these other female characters to create their own standalone movie, the point of these female superhero movies is lost. She becomes just another character to compete with other female superheroes. The “women empowerment” movement becomes a business.

In other words, it becomes a pissing contest. Marvel and DC have messed up with this already with the male superhero movies because all people do is compare Batman and Superman even though the characters represent different things.

There isn’t any news of when a She-Hulk movie might actually happen, but I imagine it to follow the same formula as its Marvel predecessors.

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