Green Lantern, Power Girl, & Ms. Marvel

Just logical thoughts and wishes, please chill...or don't.

There's excitement behind the onslaught of comic book properties coming (especially those from Marvel) and that's fine some of them are pretty good others not so much (Man of Steel was fine but it seems hating it is the "cool" thing to do ¯\_(ツ)_/¯), but the overall issue I have with every-single-one-of-these-films is the protagonist happens to be a white male (including the talent behind each one). Kevin Feige can pat himself on the back talking about the great diversity he somehow sees, but every Marvel film I've seen to date has the superhero of color and female superhero working as the help to the white lead. Black Panther is coming = cool, Cyborg is coming as well = cool, Aquaman and Wonder Woman are also on their way, neither of which played by a white actor so kudos. But even though there are Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman films on the way, that's two female superheroes out of too many male superhero films set to be released, that's hella whack.

Jessica Cruz - Green Lantern

This most definitely isn't happening but I would absolutely love it if Warner Bros. and DC came out and said their next Green Lantern film will focus on Jessica Cruz, and John Stewart along with Jessica Cruz would be in the Justice League films. The image of a latin or hispanic-american female superhero on the big screen would be something WB/DC would be applauded for, it would be something that kids can look up to, to see someone that looks like them on the big screen (and seriously it would be dope). Tie in the aspect of having the director and writer behind the project who isn't white and male and you'd be walking upright in the right direction.

Throw in Batman to confront and help Jessica through her struggles with the green power ring, help her face the darkness she confronts through varying means. If the focus of WB is to have Batman be something of the connective tissue, this wouldn't entirely hurt, especially when you consider he helped her confront said darkness in the comic books taking such an element from the overall story wouldn't hurt.

Look at the Bunche Center Report and the lack of roles in front of and behind the camera with the hispanic and latino population, along with the statistical breakdown of the individuals that go out to the movies and the necessity of spreading representation in the medium in a respectful and empowering manner is long overdue. But I'm talking about doing what's right and respectful, with this specific industry so...as stated earlier "thoughts and wishes".

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Tanya Spears - Power Girl

Here's the deal

  • Intellectual Genius 
  • PostDoc fellow at MIT
  • 17 Years old
  • Black & female
  • Super human strength
  • Invulnerable

For me where Peter Parker serves as the nerdy kid who happens to be a superhero in the Marvel universe, I truly wish WB/DC would make that decision with Tanya Spears, only produce films with better results. Tanya Spears was an intellectual genius prior to receiving her powers, same as Peter Parker. Both teenagers though where Peter is still in high school, Tanya is beyond that which could add more complexity to the character in a film or television series.

I can only imagine the complexities that such  character would face, and there are many black female writers and filmmakers who are more than capable of making something beyond worthwhile. Marvel has no intention of making any superhero films with a woman of color in the lead anytime soon, something painfully obvious, and Warners has already laid out their plans but some of these things could be massaged in and a Power Girl movie is one of these things.

Clearly the individual that comes to mind in shaping such a story is Ava Duvernay, there's also Dee Rees, Gine Prince-Bythewood, Kasi Lemmons, Angela Robinson, and many other black female filmmakers who could also have been behind the lens of Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Thor, or any other superhero film with a male or female lead, but would also turn Power Girl into a superhero film with substance (probably what Black Panther would've been if Ava remained attached but now the potential quality of that film is up in the air).

Kamala Khan - Ms. Marvel

"Michael,
As we discussed on the phone, below are just a few examples. There are more.
Thanks,
Ike
1. Electra (Marvel) – Very bad idea and the end result was very, very bad. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=elektra.htm
2. Catwoman (WB/DC) - Catwoman was one of the most important female character within the Batmanfranchise. This film was a disaster. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=catwoman.htm
3. Supergirl – (DC) Supergirl was one of the most important female super hero in Superman franchise. This Movie came out in 1984 and did $14 million total domestic with opening weekend of $5.5 million. Again, another disaster.
Best, 
Ike"

The email from Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter to Sony Exec Michael Lynton, many sites suggest they "don't know the context" but it's pretty evident considering there are very few superhero films being made with a female protagonist and that trend continues. Though Captain Marvel is on it's way this is after 3 Iron Man films, 2 Avengers, 3 Thors, 3 Captain Americas, Ant-Man, another Spiderman, and 2 Gaurdians of the Galaxy, (the same goes for Black Panther by the way). After all that said, seeing a Ms. Marvel film with Kamala Khan likely won't happen for another 10 years.

There are many other superheroes who happen to be women of color that would be ideal to see on the big and small screen from Rocket to Hawk Girl (though we'll see her in Legends of Tomorrow). The craziness of the lack of women as the key and main protagonist in films is in many cases hard to comprehend but more and more obvious when studio heads speak. Maybe change will come one day, but sadly it feels highly unlikely in the next decade.