When it comes to female-led superhero flicks, Wonder Woman reigns supreme. The DC standalone opened earlier this month, but it has already managed to cement itself one staggering reputation. The film has shown Hollywood that female audiences will show up if they crank out heroine-centric features. And, now, one superhero alumn is saying they'd love to take a crack at a She-Hulk feature.
Recently, Vice met with Rachel Talalay to talk about why Hollywood has moved slowly with female superheroes. The director helmed Tank Girl back in 1995, a cult classic flick which follows a titular heroine as she takes on a corrupt government. Now, it seems like Talalay wants to tackle an entirely different superhero for Marvel Studios.
"I have such a strong vision of what She-Hulk should be," the director confessed when asked if she'd be game to take on another superhero film.
"The difference between She-Hulk and Hulk is that she loved being She-Hulk. She was the Tank Girl of earlier days in terms of being able to say what she wanted, and when she became She-Hulk, it was like an opening of the door to freedom, to be the person that you wish you could be. That you're stopped from being as a woman. And that's the version of She-Hulk that I would love to embrace."
For awhile, reports suggested that Talalay was in talks to direct Captain Marvel. The director says she was never approached about the feature, but she is hopeful the opportunity could present itself one day. Talalay says Wonder Woman's success has opened up Hollywood to conversations about female-led features, but she isn't ready to stake an industry shift over one film.
"What I've seen is more open dialogue," Talalay admitted. "Even if it's just these high-profile pictures, it's a dialogue that you can bring up, finally." She also sees a shift in the treatment of female audiences. "The world caught up with the fact that, as a woman, as a girl, you could love these things as well. You were allowed to embrace your versions of them. That's the brilliant thing about nerds ruling the world now. I'm so encouraged by that."
"The question will be how many female-driven superhero movies, and how many female-driven projects will be developed now?" she finished. "Will people see [ Wonder Woman] as an anomaly? I think they will. I think our battle is only 1 percent won by the fact that it was successful."
If a She-Hulk movie were to get approved, there is already a starlet out there ready to nab the role. Rosario Dawson may be deeply involved with Netflix's Marvel gigs, but she would love to play Jennifer Walters on the big screen. The actress took to Twitter earlier this year and said she'd be honored to take on the superhero role.