Now that Wonder Woman has finally completed filming, it's time to start the speculation as to how Warner Bros. and DC will handle one of the major issues that has plagued Marvel and their Cinematic Universe since Black Widow was first introduced in Iron Man 2: The inclusion of other prominent and powerful female superheroes.
Don't get me wrong, I'm just as taken away with Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman as the rest of you. I sincerely thought she was one of, if not the best, element of the wrongly persecuted and severely misunderstood and underrated Batman v. Superman. But the problem remains, even as Marvel scrambles to get their Captain Marvel casting and film in order (and come up with a believable excuse as to why The Wasp wasn't in Civil War). And I do give Marvel props for making Scarlet Witch more than just a side dish to her brother, Quicksilver. And for making Jessica Jones the best TV series I've seen on Netflix since they first started making original content.
I've come up with some likely and awesome candidates for such inclusion and who I think would be brilliant in their portrayals. Personally, I have a titillating notion in my head that maybe DC will jump on the supreme awesomeness that is Tatiana Maslany and ask her to portray Zatanna Zatara in Ben Affleck's upcoming Batman film. I kind of also really, really wanted to see Lupita Nyong'o play Vixen in at least one of the Justice League films. Imagine my disappointment when I found out she'd been cast as a potential romantic interest for the main character in Marvel's Black Panther.
Girls like superhero movies, too. It's true. Maybe not as much as boys do, but still, they are out there. And maybe they'd flock to the theater more if they saw that they weren't being treated as the odd man out. Marvel has been endlessly criticized for their treatment of Scarlet Johannson's Black Widow, a character that truly deserved her own film a long time ago.
My biggest dream, as expressed in an article I wrote last fall, is the idea that DC - like they did with Harley Quinn for Suicide Squad - will remember the iconic and widely praised cartoon version of Justice League that aired on Cartoon Network from 2001 to 2004 and the sequel series that ran from 2004 to 2006 (It was also the final series set in the DC animated universe that started in 1992 with Batman: The Animated Series.) And that they'll also remember how, from the beginning, there were TWO female founding members of the league: Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl. And did people shy away from it because of that? Hell no! They loved it! And to this day, I still love the show. Hawkgirl and Wonder Woman were equally awesome and they kicked just as much ass as their male colleagues.
Will they include her? I sure hope so, especially given Hawkgirl's contested history with the League and her own personal conflicts with her home planet and their...dare I say it...Hawkish nature. And then of course there's her close, intimate, steamy and eventual heartbreaking relationship in the animated series with Green Lantern, Jon Stewart.
Furthermore, allowing other alien races into the burgeoning cinematic franchise, in my opinion, can only really help in the long run. FOX and Marvel made a huge mistake when the decided to reduce the Phoenix to little more than mental disorder, whereas in the comics the Phoenix was a powerful cosmic entity worshipped by an alien race descended from birds known as the Shi'ar Empire. DC is built on the foundation of its many, many, many superheroes with roots set in otherworldly plains. Is it likely? My answer would be a higly probable no, especially given the torment the Earth just endured at the hands of General Zod and the other exiles of Krypton.
However, I do believe that once DC has firmly implanted themselves in film, they will start to expand upon their universe and open the door to other leading ladies and alien races such as the Thanagarians. Hopefully they won't take five years inbetween films to do so. Looking at you, Marvel.
While there have been no clues or indications that WB or DC intends to include Hawkgirl (whom also at one time was a founding member of the League) it hasn't stifled this fan's hope that she will indeed make an appearance sometime in the near future of the DCCU. Oh and I'd hurry because it won't be long before total badass Emily Blunt becomes too busy to take on the role she was born to play.
I mean, come on. Women should be treated with far more dignity than just being reduced to the typical and eye roll inducing label of "love interest".