Deadline got some exciting news this morning exclusively from Sony Studios, revealing that they are on track to release a female lead superhero movie come 2017. The studio titan is in the middle of restructuring and revamping their hit property, Spider-Man. Pushing the release date of the next installment from 2016 to 2018, they are hustling to fill the interim with lucrative ideas.
If you're askin' Moviepilot; we think this is a hole-in-one of an idea. It looks like studios are finally picking up on the hint comic book and superhero lovers alike have been dropping. The female readers demographic of action and superpowers based material is growing, and very rapidly at that. It looks as if studios all around are becoming savvy to the fact that it is time to introduce a strong female superhero as the main event of a film. Women love superheroes as much as the next gender and are all hailing for a character that feels like them, someone that they can identify easily with, someone who goes through the same gender-exclusive trails and tribulations that all other women do.
Marvel Studios has already announced that they have a Black Widow standalone film in development hot off the hype of The Avengers movies and DC has blessed the public with the knowledge of Gal Godot's Wonder Woman getting a standalone film to air after Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
So, with Sony owning all Spider-Man properties, and the role of Black Cat already being scored by Felicity Jones, who made a small but popular cameo in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as Felicia Hardy, Harry Osborne's second in command... it's looking pretty strong that Black Cat will be the devious heroine to fill our hearts as we await to see Andrew Garfield's next Spidey-tastic journey of web-slinging in the paused release of [The Amazing Spider-Man 3](movie:671279).
While the anticipated [Sinister Six](movie:1274281) may turn heads as the first villain-centric comic book movie, a Black Cat film could easily be one of the genre-defining impact movies. Felicia's backstory in almost every incarnation is not without some of the most horrible life experiences one can endure -- and Felicia, refusing to let these adversities break her, dons her antiheroine persona and, at her most basic, trails alongside Catwoman in burglaring superhero foes. Despite that, Black Cat is very much her own character, and has a hand in several of the largest events in Marvel history. As a far more chaotic character than Selina Kyle, Felicia can further open up the doors for what seems like Sony's experiment and love letter to endearing (yet scary) supervillains starring in feature length films.
Of course, it could always easily be Jessica Drew, the sarcastic and compassionate Spider-Woman. However, I don't think they are going to introduce us to a character so close to Spider-Man as they set out the path for the third installment of the franchise. They are going to want to focus on one Spider at a time, building up their storyline and universe before splitting it. It'd be pretty smart of Sony to build up their character base on screen, giving them multiple key roles to expand upon right about now to catch up to the likes of how Marvel handles their properties. They are seeing DC set up the same plan of attack now, so it would make a lot of sense to join the bandwagon and catch up.
It's now a race to the theaters for female superheroes, and the studios are feeling the heat