ByKristin Lai, writer at
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Kristin Lai

Sony Studios recently announced to Deadline that they will be releasing a female-centric superhero movie! I mean, it probably won’t be released until 2017, but hey, Elektra was released all the way back in 2005, we’ll take what we can get. Fox and Warner Bros. are already gearing up for some female leads with the (woman) Thor and Wonder Woman, respectively. This seems to be what all the cool kids are doing these days, so it only makes sense that Sony would want in on the action.

Running off of Marvel's massively successful Spider-Man Universe, Sony has named Lisa Joy Nolan to pen the screenplay. From the famous filmmaking Nolan family tree (by marriage, still counts), Lisa Joy is sure to live up to expectations. Given her writing/producing past on shows like Burn Notice, Pushing Daisies, and the upcoming HBO show [Westworld](series:1099794), we have faith in her ability to create a smart, strong female lead.

Pushing back the next installment of [The Amazing Spider-Man](movie:45497), from 2016 to 2018, the studio should be able to take some time (assuming they don’t get too busy with [Sinister Six](movie:1274281)) to ensure that the film lives up to its full potential. Let’s look at a couple of of the ingredients going into this recipe for excellence:

1) Spider-Man Background

  Spider-Woman #1 (April 1978) Joe Sinnott
Spider-Woman #1 (April 1978) Joe Sinnott

Okay, who here doesn’t love at least one of the Spider-Man iterations? Raise your hand. Don't be shy! If you raised your hand, get out. Whether you stand in Maguire or Garfield’s corner, I’m hard-pressed to find anyone who hasn’t taken pleasure in at least one of the many Spider-Man films. Sony has done well with the franchise! Furthermore, [The Amazing Spider-Man](movie:45497) already paved the way for the women in Spider-Man’s world. Gwen Stacy, while not the most super of heroes, played the dual role of Peter Parker’s crime fighting and romantic partner. She was smart, savvy, and unwilling to sit back and let Spidey get all the action.

2) Powerful Women Are Awesome

  Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games (2013)
Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games (2013)

Princess Leia, Katniss Everdeen, [Black Widow](movie:1070824), Hillary Clinton. The roles of strong women have been evolving and becoming more prominent at a lightning-fast pace. We are ready; the world is ready, for more women to be at the forefront of comic book films. No longer should women be relegated to supporting roles! No longer will we be the sassy sidekicks or the damsels in distress! And we want the right to vote! Oh, wait…we already have that. Okay then, just the first two things.

3) Female Screenwriters Are Getting into the Game

  Thelma and Louise (1991)
Thelma and Louise (1991)

As was mentioned above, Lisa Joy Nolan has been entrusted with the task of creating this new character. While her family’s accolades have been piling up for decades now, she is amazing in her own right! Despite the entertainment industry’s known underrepresentation of female screenwriters, in recent years, women have been able to start bridging the gender-gap. It wasn’t until 1991 that a woman, Callie Khouri (Thelma and Louise), won the Academy Award for best original screenplay! That was in the early 90’s you guys! That’s 6 years of the Oscars before a woman won that award! It’s taken some time, but Hollywood is making headway. I’m not asking for any Oscar noms, but Lisa Joy will likely only help the plight of women screenwriters.

Side note: The best-reviewed Marvel film of the year and box office record-breaking hit was written by a woman. We're talking about Nicole Perlman's [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073). You may have heard of it...

While the actual character is still TBD, speculations have already been made regarding her identity. We suspect Black Cat (played by Felicity Jones in TASM2) or Spider-Woman (it has been noted that this could be Marvel, not Sony, territory, which is true, but we can still hope!). If not those two, this universe offers plenty of possibilities. A couple other fan-favorites that have been brought up are Silver Sable and Stunner.

In any case, we are so ready to see what Sony is going to come up with!


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