We’re well accustomed to Emily Blunt, Natalie Dormer and most recently Ronda Rousey discussing the prospect of taking the lead in ‘Captain Marvel’ in just about every interview they give - now, another actress has stepped up to the plate.
Olivia Wilde, still best known for her role in ‘Tron: Legacy,’ has expressed her interest in taking on Marvel’s superheroine in the comic label-turned-studio’s first female-led solo film.
Speaking to Cinema Blend, Wilde expresses her admiration for what Marvel has achieved (“I’m a big fan of superhero films, and I have so much respect for the Marvel Cinematic Universe”), and has hopes that their heroines can be developed in a similar fashion to their heroes.
“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.”
And it would seem Wilde has a specific female director in mind: Reed Morano, the cinematographer who recently made her directorial debut on indie drama ‘Meadowland’ with Wilde in the lead role.
Morano and Wilde were suggested as a suitable double act for the job on Twitter by Film School Rejects last week - and both women seemed to love the idea:
Morano tells Cinema Blend that, while there has been an outpouring of fan support online, she hasn’t heard from Marvel themselves, but says of the prospect of taking on a superhero movie, “The most interesting characters are the ones who have issues and are flawed individuals. It would be nice to give a real history, to give a real, tangible background to this character.”
Wilde continues, “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. I think that the way these Marvel heroes are written, the female superheroes included, do have complexity and flaws.
“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!”
In some respects, Wilde’s comments echo those of screenwriter Meg LeFauve, who is co-writing ‘Captain Marvel’ with Nicole Alonso. Speaking to Collider recently, LeFauve explained the near-invulnerability of Captain Marvel presented a dramatic challenge: “We don’t want the Superman curse. “What’s her vulnerability?” is what we have to figure out.”
Note: Captain Marvel’s alien-induced powers include flight, super-strength, super-speed, super-healing and ESP. It’s not hard to see how making her vulnerable may indeed prove a challenge.
Still, the studio have some time to figure it out, as ‘Captain Marvel’ is not due in cinemas until March 2019 - having recently been pushed back from its previously November 2017 release date to make room for another Marvel movie with a female lead, ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp.’
Picture Credit: Marvel, Disney, WENN, Twitter/Reed Morano/Olivia Wilde