Trying to stay with the main theme of Racheal’s blog here, I thought that it would be really cool if they made a Black Widow movie. If you look at the success of the Avengers, and how much screen time she received in that movie, I think it’s a fair bet that a movie where Scarlett Johansson was the main star would thrive and make big money.
After searching on the internet for about a second, I found out that there seems to be a movie in the works for her and it will be a prequel about how she came to work with S.H.I.E.L.D. and her past.
We’ve seen a few female superhero films in recent years if you go back to Halle Berry’s “Catwoman” and Jennifer Garner’s “Elektra“. Neither were well received overall and did minimal damage at the box office.
But now, looking to the future of a possible Black Widow movie, that trend could easily be stomped out by Ms. Johansson and the Marvel movie makers. Like Jennifer Garner’s “Elektra”, this would be a spinoff, as she first appeared in “Daredevil” with Ben Affleck. The only difference here is, the “Avengers” and the movies leading up to it have been well received overall and have been box office money makers. The “Daredevil” movie doesn’t even have a cult following to my knowledge.
Even Halle Berry as Catwoman could be seen as a spinoff, as she comes from the Batman universe. By the time this movie had come out though, Batman had already seen the ridiculousness of Arnold as Mr. Freeze and George Clooney’s bat nipples. “Catwoman” was doomed to fail because of the ground work that had been laid before it.
I think Black Widow could be an amazing character as a standalone. Scarlett obviously has the physical appeal to attract the male audience and the kick ass moves that make her much more than a sex symbol.
Widow would obviously have tremendous momentum coming off the “Avengers” and to see her fight a superhuman villain would be tremendous, as she really has no super power. I think with the right villain, it could be a great contrast of styles on how she would defeat her foe.
If anyone could pull it off and cement a true success for a female superhero movie, I think Scarlett Johansson and the Black Widow are the ones who can do it. The “Avengers” isn’t just for comic book geeks, it’s mainstream.
We’ve seen Katniss Everdeen’s success at the box office as a heroine. I think it’s time the comic book movies have their first true success story of this generation.