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10 Kickass Female Superheroes Who Need Their Own Movies

Catwoman The Dark Knight Rises

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Fans are already kvetching that almost every Avenger but Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow gets their own solo outing, and Marvel isn’t dropping a female-led flick until 2018’s Captain Marvel. DC will hit with Wonder Woman a year earlier, but there are so many female ass-kickers who should already have Hollywood deals. Here are our picks for superheroines who should already have their own movies.

10. She Hulk

Marvel

Marvel

We’ve had two Hulk films to date (four if you count the Avengers movies), yet Bruce Banner’s cousin lawyer/superhero Jennifer Walters has yet to turn up on film. (Though a movie was developed for Brigitte Nielsen during the ’90s. Check out the promo photo and be glad it never happened.)


9. Emma Frost

20th Century Fox

20th Century Fox

Starting her career as a villainous member of the Hellfire Club, the powerful psychic Emma Frost has been batting (mostly) for the X-Men in recent years. Her powers of manipulation and plunging bustlines would make her a fun anchor for a solo flick outside of the crowded X-Men movies, which don’t give her any time to shine.


8. Cameron Chase

Cameron Chase

DC Comics

It’s a stretch to call Cameron Chase a “superhero” – when she debuted in her own DC Comic in 1998, she seemed to be batting for the other team more often than not. As an agent of the Department of Extranormal Operations, her job was to monitor and neutralize supers – both hero and villain – who went over the line. It’s a great premise for a flick – an ordinary woman in a world full of freaks, tasked with taking them down. Hey, if Suicide Squad can be a summer tentpole movie, so can Chase.


7. Street Angel

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Slave Labor Graphics

Created by the team of Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca, Street Angel is a surly, homeless 12-year-old girl named Jesse Sanchez who is equally adept at skateboarding and kicking ninja asses. A short film of the series was actually produced in 2008, but it just left us thirsty for more.


6. Amethyst

DC Comics

DC Comics

One of DC’s most unusual concepts, Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld was a 1983 series about a young girl who gets pulled into another dimension to battle for control of a magical realm. Despite its kiddie look, Amethyst was remarkably dark for the time, featuring murder, betrayal and political machinations that would make a sweet-ass movie.


5. Promethea

Wildstorm/DC

Wildstorm/DC

Movies based on Alan Moore comics are usually total stinkers, but who knows? Maybe they’d get it right with Promethea, his wildly ambitious 1999 series about the power of stories that also served as a guided tour through his own mystical cosmology.


4. Squirrel Girl

Marvel

Marvel

The list of Marvel heroes who have defeated Dr. Doom, Thanos and Galactus can fit on a regular-sized Post-It note. That is, unless Squirrel Girl writes her name in big letters. The rodent-controlling part-time nanny has become one of Marvel’s most endearing characters, and a light comedy romp in the Ant-Man style would be a lot of fun.


3. Harley Quinn

Yes, we know that Harley’s going to have a major role in that Hot Topic-looking Suicide Squad thing coming out next summer, but really she deserves her own solo joint first. Quinn’s character has gone through some major evolution since debuting in Batman: The Animated Series, and her current comic book incarnation is a wise-cracking omnisexual opportunist with a heart of gold and an itchy trigger finger.


2. Catwoman

DC Comics

DC Comics

Yes, there was that Halle Berry debacle about killer cosmetics or whatever. And while we enjoyed the character’s portrayal in The Dark Knight Rises, there has yet to be a big screen solo outing for Selina Kyle that captures the character at her crime noir-tinged best. Hopefully DC/Warner Bros’ next wave of films will include a Catwoman film adapting Ed Brubaker and Darwyn Cooke’s run of comics.


1. Ms. Marvel

Marvel Comics

Marvel Comics

Yes, Carol Danvers – the original Ms. Marvel, now Captain Marvel – is getting her own movie. But one of the most unlikely hits in the comics world right now is the story of Kamala Khan, a Muslim girl from New Jersey who gets super-powers and “borrows” her favorite heroine’s old name. Kamala is one of the greatest character creations of the 21st century, and she’s building a whole new generation of fans. She certainly deserves her own movie.

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Home Run

Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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