Olivia Wilde on Why Female Superheroes Need ‘a Little More Complexity’

28 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Olivia Wilde Expresses Interest In Playing Captain Marvel.

About a week ago, a Twitter user suggested that Meadowland director Reed Morano and the film’s star, Olivia Wilde, team up again on the upcoming Captain Marvel movie.Kevin Feige recently confirmed that we won’t be getting any Captain Marvel casting news this year, and that frustratingly means we have even longer to wait before we find out who is going to take on the role of Carol Danvers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie played on opening night — watch the trailer here: Yet amongst all the chatter discussing Morano’s directorial debut and the actress’ outstanding performance, the conversation soon switched to other topics, notably the recent discussion that the two ladies had had on Twitter about Captain Marvel. Let’s DO this.” Not only are Morano and Wilde both game, but in an interview with Cinema Blend, they both said they have some ideas on what their ideal Captain Marvel would look like.

While TV has more of a chance to show complex female heroes — one episode into Supergirl and we already have a sometimes incompetent and unsure Kara who happens to be super strong, and the Jessica Jones trailer promises a surly female hero who struggles with PTSD — but movies are still lacking. And when asked about this conversation during an interview at the Savannah Film Festival, it soon became clear that, all jokes aside, Olivia Wilde is rather opinionated when it comes to the ways in which female superheroes are being crafted these days. With a huge respect for the company’s cinematic universe, she explained: “The thing with female superheroes is that, in order to be powerful, they are flawless. There is something to be said for a female director working to create a female superhero that perhaps [has] a little more complexity.” This year has seen an increase in multifaceted female superheroes, especially on TV with Supergirl and the upcoming Jessica Jones, and although Wilde especially praised Marvel for its complex, interesting heroines, she also suggested that filmmakers could still do more. “Marvel has been so smart about casting unexpected people for these roles,” Wilde said. “Look at what Robert Downey brought to Iron Man.

Yet, that’s not to say that Wilde also recognizes that over the last years, Marvel has been actively pushing for female characters edging in this direction. I think that would be really cool!” It’s impossible to disagree with anything Wilde is saying here, and she would actually make for a great Captain Marvel if given the chance. Looking for more complex characters, we need only look to Black Widow’s troubled history increasingly coming to life in movies such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier and in the most recent The Avengers: Age of Ultron. While we do have Black Widow and the Scarlet Witch in the Avengers films showing their own layers of complexity, it often varies from film to film, depending on directors.

Black Widow’s characterization is the most inconsistent, but she does show a deeper vulnerability beyond beating down HYDRA soldiers without a hair out of place, mainly thanks to Scarlett Johansson. Wilde is right to push for better writing for strong female characters — a term that has often been misunderstood into just being “hot girls who can kick butt.” Strong female characters, like Wilde adds to CinemaBlend, are characters who have flaws.

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