If the rumour is true, the Gods in the comic book universe have spoken. Much to the delight of female comic fans everywhere, Sony has announced plans to release a female superhero movie in 2017.
The internet is buzzing with the possibility of a female-led franchise. Not the first of its kind, we've had a handful of female-led action films including Jennifer Garner’s Elektra and Halle Berry’s Catwoman.
Critical and financial disappointments I know, but with Wonder Woman popping up in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, could we be in for a major on-screen change?
Personally I’d love to see The Black Widow, aka Natalia Romanova, take centre stage.
Why? Well, let’s be honest, this Russian spy has it all. She's a world-class athlete and an expert in martial arts, including karate, judo and kung fu. As well as having extensive espionage training, her physical and mental abilities have been enhanced beyond human limits thanks to a form of the Super-Soldier Serum. Team affiliations include Captain America, The Avengers and S.H.I.E.LD.
The story line I’d like to see the most? The Name of the Rose.
A classic spy tale, full of plot twists with room for two potential villains - Elektra and Lady Bullseye. Throw in Captain America in a supporting role, and you have a character and storyline that can make the jump from comic book to movie screen.
“Toymakers will tell you they won’t sell enough, and movie people will point to the two terrible superheroine movies that were made and say, you see? It can’t be done.”
Of course we need more strong female role models, but this won't be the sole reason behind Sony's thinking. Being a superhero isn't always about being a good role model. Just look at Batman and Iron Man. One is driven by revenge and one is, well, very opinionated to put it lightly. However, both are extremely popular and watchable.
Others will also try to say it’s incredibly hard to market a franchise driven by a female superhero, despite many comic fans (of both genders) clamouring for a new female heroine in comics.
Either way, all of these reboots with male-led superheroes are getting old.
Over to you, Sony.