Superheroines Should Have Flaws, Too
Superheroes are everywhere right now. You’d think the world would be super safe with Batman, Superman, the whole Avengers team, and everyone else under the sun of graphic fiction coming out to save the day.
And while they’re outnumbered in the grand scheme, superheroines aren’t exactly being snubbed on the entertainment scene, either, what with Supergirl and Jessica Jones giving the gals a turn on top.
But for one actress, there’s still a lot to be done before she’s happy with the state of lady superhero affairs.
Meadowland star Olivia Wilde spoke her piece about the way that women in capes are being portrayed on the big screen right now—whether it’s Zoe Saldana’s Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy or Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow in the Marvel Universe—and according to her, there’s not enough “nuance” shrouding these characters just yet.
“I’m a big fan of superhero films, and I have so much respect for the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” said Wilde. “The thing with female superheroes is that, in order to be powerful, they are flawless. The idea of kick-ass power lacks a certain nuance, at times. There is something to be said for a female director working to create a female superhero that perhaps [has] a little more complexity.”
Wilde pointed to Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man as a prime example of a power-riddled protagonist who meets her criteria for imperfection.
“Marvel has been so smart about casting unexpected people for these roles. Look at what Robert Downey brought to Iron Man. A real, dry sense of humor and a complexity to his hero balance,” she explained.
Indeed, there are some who’ve taken serious issue with certain key changes made to female comic characters to have them imbibe some of that perfection—like with Cara Delevingne’s Suicide Squad get-up for Enchantress, for example.
The character image, which was released by way of an Empire Magazine cover on Tuesday, has been criticized for trading up her full-cover gear from the first glimpse for a flesh-baring metallic bikini costume.
@Cinesnark Oooooooooh dear.
— Elizabeth M. (@filmivore) October 27, 2015
— Nora Goldberg (@ExLibrisNora) October 27, 2015
why is enchantress in a bikini though….
— rachel (@lancessara) October 27, 2015
Of course, Suicide Squad is a DC Comics property, and some of the Marvel ladies have been given a wider berth for realism, like with Black Widow’s decreasing infallibility in the films. And Olivia Wilde wants MORE.
“I think that the way these Marvel heroes are written, the female superheroes included, do have complexity and flaws,” said Wilde. “But I think when they are translated into film, the women can become these ultimate goddesses of perfection and I would love to create a female Marvel character who is just as unexpected and complex as some of the male characters as Iron Man. I think that would be really cool!”