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.
Source: USA Today