by Brett White
There’s a movie opening up this weekend that I am next level excited for, and it’s one that I’ve been waiting to see for months. It’s called “The Heat,” and it looks to be the female buddy-cop movie that the world has needed for decades now. The cast is great (Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy? Come on!). Paul Feig, the director, helmed both “Bridesmaids” and “Freaks and Geeks.” It was written by Katie Dippold, who served as a staff writer on “Parks and Recreation” after coming up with one of my favorite Upright Citizens Brigade Theater improv teams, Reuben Williams. I’m stoked for this movie.
But I can’t write about it on Splash Page, because it’s not a comic book movie! But why can’t a movie like “The Heat” be a comic book movie? Women are finally starting to get their due in superhero films, with Black Widow, Catwoman, Pepper Potts and Lois Lane stealing every scene they were in. It’s time for Hollywood to recognize the need for female-driven films, especially female buddy films. Here are five female hero teams and pairings just begging to be brought to the big screen, “Heat”-style.
Birds Of Prey
This all-female team is one of the rare new ideas from the past two decades to become absolutely integral to a big two comic book company. “Birds of Prey,” which sprang forth from a partnership between Oracle (formerly Batgirl) and Black Canary, has expanded its roster to include ass-kickers like Huntress and Lady Blackhawk. The series has amassed an incredibly devoted fanbase thanks to fan-favorite writer Gail Simone’s spot-on portrayal of female camaraderie. There’s already been a TV series, yeah, but it’s time for a movie.
Captain Marvel & Spider-Woman
These two have been friends pretty much since they both debuted way back in 1977, and it’s a friendship that writer Kelly Sue DeConnick has been using to great comedic effect in her excellent comic book, “Captain Marvel.” These two know each other and rib each other the way old friends do, and that’s the exact type of chemistry that makes for big screen magic. Captain Marvel’s Air Force background often clashes with Spider-Woman’s brainwashed-by-terrorists background, but the two still find common ground. Plus, they fight dinosaurs together.
Greenlight this movie!
Misty Knight & Colleen Wing
As either the Daughters of the Dragon or Knightwing Restorations Inc., these two have been a lethal combination since the late ’70s. Colleen’s a samurai, Misty’s a former cop, both are skilled detectives. They sometimes work within the Heroes for Hire organization (Misty even ran it for a time), and they sometimes double date with fellow super pair Iron Fist and Luke Cage. A movie doesn’t need to include any of those other characters, though, because these two are great.
Yeah, no Wolverine, no Magneto, no Professor X. The X-Men don’t need those characters, not when there are so many fantastic female mutants just waiting to really shine in a feature film. Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel’s current “X-Men” comic stars A-List superheroes Storm, Rogue, Psylocke, Jubilee, Rachel Grey and Kitty Pryde mixing it up in over-the-top action sequences. Rogue derails a train using just her foot in the first issue. Derails. A. Train. If the X-Men films focused on giving every member of their ensembles jaw-dropping moments like that, maybe this movie wouldn’t me on the list. But truthfully, Storm and Rogue need to own it as hard in a movie as they do every month in the comics. Get the overexposed Magneto and Wolverine out of the way, and let these characters show everyone else how it’s done.
Poison Ivy & Harley Quinn
Do I even need to write anything here?
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