It seems like we’re finally living our dream of have female superheroes on the small and big screen — well at least the small screen for now. But, Olivia Wilde says, we still have a long way to go.
While TV has more of a chance to show complex female heroes — one episode into Supergirl and we already have a sometimes incompetent and unsure Kara who happens to be super strong, and the Jessica Jones trailer promises a surly female hero who struggles with PTSD — but movies are still lacking. Wonder Woman isn’t coming out until 2017, and Captain Marvel has been pushed back multiple times to a 2018 release date. And there’s still no mention of a Black Widow solo movie in the works.
Wilde herself has been thrown into the rumor mill for Captain Marvel, but — true or not — she wants to make sure that when that movie comes around, it will be more than just an all-powerful female hero who can punch things and save the world without messing up her hair.
Wilde told CinemaBlend:: I’m a big fan of superhero films, and I have so much respect for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The thing with female superheroes is that, in order to be powerful, they are flawless. The idea of kick-ass power lacks a certain nuance, at times. There is something to be said for a female director working to create a female superhero that perhaps [has] a little more complexity.
Wilde may be throwing some advice to Marvel Studios, who still hasn’t chosen their lead or director for their first female solo film. And her Twitter shows that she and her Meadowland director Reed Morano would be totally down to take the Captain Marvel reins.
While we do have Black Widow and the Scarlet Witch in the Avengers films showing their own layers of complexity, it often varies from film to film, depending on directors. Black Widow’s characterization is the most inconsistent, but she does show a deeper vulnerability beyond beating down HYDRA soldiers without a hair out of place, mainly thanks to Scarlett Johansson.
Wilde is right to push for better writing for strong female characters — a term that has often been misunderstood into just being “hot girls who can kick butt.” Strong female characters, like Wilde adds to CinemaBlend, are characters who have flaws.
The most interesting characters are the ones who have issues and are flawed individuals. It would be nice to give a real history, to give a real, tangible background to this character.
Olivia Wilde: “Most of the Women I Really Admire Are in Their 40s”
Olivia Wilde has a true appreciation for the phrase, “Another year older, another year wiser.”
The Tron: Legacy actress has accomplished a lot in her 31 years – she has a successful acting career and a loving relationship with partner Jason Sudeikis and their 1-year-old son, Otis. But even with all of her triumphs, Wilde says she is still learning from her past mistakes and using those lessons to prepare for her future.
“Thirties feel like a fertile ground,” she told ELLE in the magazine’s Septemeber issue. “The twenties are for f—— up, that’s what you’re supposed to do, and your 30s are for using the knowledge you gained from said f—— up to make something, to put that experience toward something useful.”
She adapted this set of life rules by watching the older women in her life, and modeling herself after them.
“I find that most of the women that I really look up to, both women I know personally and women I admire from afar, are in their 40s,” she said.
It’s no wonder then that, while some women quiver at the thought of the aging process, Wilde embraces her age. The actress plans to spend the next 10 years focusing on her career and applying the lessons she learned in her 20s so that by the time she reaches her 40s, she’ll be able to relax with her family and reflect on her work.
“I think your 40s are an opportunity to enjoy what you’ve worked for.”