There just aren’t enough female superheroes on the big screen for our liking. Since 2002, only 4% of Marvel and DC comic book movies have had a female as the main character. But there’s more to the problem: budgets are notoriously low in comparison to films that feature male superheroes, and female superhero movies are often directed by unknowns, who are always males. There also aren't enough female writers nor is there enough merchandise.
Even Mark Ruffalo complained about the lack of Marvel's Black Widow merchandise for his daughter. Upon further speculation, Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson) was not part of all merchandise, from t-shirts to toys. Marvel definitely dropped the ball on that one. Moreover, when women do appear in movies like Avengers or Iron Man, they make up a measly ¼ of the cast and are usually there to function as simple love interests.
A leaked e-mail between a Marvel Entertainment executive and a Sony executive last year listed a number of failed female superhero movies. Elektra, Catwoman and Supergirl, all made the list. Some have taken this as evidence of reasons why they shouldn’t do any more female-centric superhero films. Joss Whedon had this to say about female superhero movies: “There is genuine, recalcitrant, intractable sexism, and old-fashioned, quiet misogyny that goes on. There’s always an excuse. You hear ‘Oh, [female superheroes] don’t work because of these two bad ones [Catwoman and Elektra] that were made eight years ago.'” You get the point here. In the meantime, we do have two female-centric superhero movies to look forward to. Wonder Woman is set to be released in 2017, while Marvel’s Captain Marvel will be released in 2019. There is also talk that Angelina Jolie might helm Captain Marvel, but that is to be determined. But it is certainly a travesty that we have so many actresses who are cut out to play the roles of the iconic Emma Frost and Zatanna on screen, yet it just hasn’t panned out yet. If you don’t believe us, take a look at the list below.
15 Emma Watson
14 Emma Stone
13 Kaley Cuoco
We all know Kaley Cuoco as The Big Bang Theory's Penny, whose function on the show is to play the role of the “dumb blonde” type of character - especially in the early seasons. In any case, Cuoco has a lot of ogling fans, which is why she has earned a spot on this list (lucky her).
12 Felicity Jones
11 Olivia Wilde
Olivia Wilde strikes us as being a very believable superhero: she has a fierceness about her that would allow her to play both a superhero or even a supervillain. Plus, she’s on a lot of “sexiest and most desirable women type of lists,” which is another prerequisite she checks off for such a role. She’s also acted in some action movies, including Tron: Legacy, which shouldn’t be overlooked.
10 Amber Heard
9 Emily Blunt
The beautiful Emily Blunt is known for her roles in 2015’s Sicario and 2014’s Edge of Tomorrow, both of which involved her playing strong characters. These films are evidence of the fact that she could quite easily take on the role of a strong, female superhero. Plus, action movies are clearly known territory for her. She would have made a great Wonder Woman.
8 Megan Fox
7 Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron is definitely hot enough (and borderline downright frightening) to play a superhero. In fact, it wouldn't be anything new for her, as she has played several of them before (in 2008’s Hancock and in 2005’s Aeon Flux). And, as expected, she made a pretty bad a** superhero, reviews aside. So, we are calling for a revival. Theron is currently winning fans as the very talented warrior as Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road, meaning that a lot of people would probably also love to see Theron take on another round as a superhero.
6 Marion Cotillard
5 Constance Wu
4 Mila Kunis
3 Emilia Clarke
2 Shay Mitchell
1 Margot Robbie
It made complete sense that Margot Robbie, known for her role in Wolf of Wall Street, would be cast to play one of the hottest comic book characters, Harley Quinn, in Suicide Squad, to be released this year. That’s right - Harley Quinn came in 16th place on Comics Buyer’s Guide’s “100 Sexiest Women in Comics” list in 2011. With her gorgeous, blonde bombshell good looks that got her a place on Maxim’s Hot 100 list in 2015, Robbie could have easily taken the role of the hot Emma Frost for her looks alone. Just take one look at the girl and tell us you haven’t started drooling. We knew it. In any case, you will likely be hearing a lot more about her in the upcoming months.
Sources: <span style="font-weight: 400;">Cinemablend, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">ComicBookMovie, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dailymail, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">IMDB, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Maxim </span>
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