The last several years have blessed us with plenty of superhero films, ranging from Marvel flicks like 'Iron Man' and 'Captain America' -- which led us to the ultimate superhero ensemble flick this summer with 'The Avengers' -- to the final film in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, 'The Dark Knight Rises.' But men are the focus of each and every one of these superhero films -- when do the female superheroes get their time?
They weren't always huge stars. Even today's A-listers were once yesterday's struggling actors. Now they have directors dying to work with them but back in the day, they sat in a waiting room with hundreds of other hopefuls, waiting for an audition and their big break
One of the late, great Elizabeth Taylor's most memorable film roles was that of the sexually-frustrated Maggie in Tennessee Williams' 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.'
Now the 1955 Pulitzer Prize-winning play on which the movie was based is getting (yet another) Broadway revival, and Scarlett Johansson has reportedly been tapped to star.
Joss Whedon's 'The Avengers' hits theaters this Friday, and with it the promise of the long-awaited union of several of our favorite Marvel heroes, like Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor. But what about the ladies of the film?
In 'The Avengers,' Scarlett Johansson plays Black Widow, a beautiful and limber assassin, and Cobie Smulders ('How I Met Your Mother') plays Agent Maria Hill. These are our two big female protagonists. It's also worth noting that at least half of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in the background of various scenes are women, as well, so there's no shortage of female bodies present during the film.
But is the very presence of women enough, regardless of how physically tough they are? For this question, we turn to the infamous Bechdel Test.
When nude photos stolen from Scarlett Johansson's phone went viral last year, she didn't deny they were hers. But when an unauthorized picture of a scantily-clad Johansson cropped up on business cards for a Mexican seller of, shall we say, "adult wares," she didn't have to say a word -- the media did the talking for her.
Marvel? Disney? You are being very kind, sharing pieces of ‘The Avengers’ with us … a little each day as we get ready for the May 4 release of Joss Whedon’s blockbuster. But can you please stop? Really, we’re in. We’re coming! You sold us. Just make sure there are a few scenes we haven’t seen yet by the time we sit down in the theater and get ready to watch the whole thing.