A Marvel Movie for Captain Marvel

Finally! Marvel is officially announcing their first for-sure, definitely-going-to-happen female-lead action feature film – one that will star the unstoppable Captain Marvel, formally known as Ms. Marvel, also known as Carol Danvers.

Captain Marvel

Marvel has been pulling some exciting new characters out of their bag of comic books lately to transition to the big screen. And given their very successful track record with that so far, including the recent box office hit Guardians of the Galaxy, I’d say this one will have a pretty good chance of success as well.

Besides her own standalone movie (due to release July 6, 2018), it sounds like Captain Marvel may even also make appearances (or at least mentions) in the next “Avengers” Age of Ultron” film and Marvel Netflix series based around fellow comic heroine Jessica Jones.

The jury is still out on exactly which lucky lady will be cast to play Captain Marvel. But rumors have already been flying high and fans of the comics have spoken up for their favored choice – Katee Sackhoff.

Katee Sackhoff in Riddick

Sackhoff is no stranger to action roles herself, having kicked ass on screen for shows like Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the more recent 2013 Riddick feature film. So this Tough Cookie could very well be a very solid candidate.

Apparently, Sackhoff did sit down with Marvel execs recently to talk about future projects, which is giving fans hope. But new word from Marvel is dispelling those rumors that she may not be their first choice after all.

So we’ll just have to sit tight and see what news surfaces next and who is honored with the chance to play this iconic superhero, to dominate the silver screen and make history as the first female to lead a Marvel movie.

Now wouldn’t that be marvel-ous?

Source: IGN

What If The Avengers Were All Women?

What if Marvel woke up and realized they’ve been miscasting their key superhero roles all this time? What if they suddenly came to their sense, and decided it was high time we had female versions of those characters on the big screen?

What might that look like?

Well that’s just what these awesome, highly-photoshopped mockups depict – the female versions of Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, if they were instead played by Amber Heard, Alison Brie, and Sandra Bullock (respectively).

The Avengers as Women

Pretty bad ass huh?

Now if only Marvel (or DC or anyone) would get the hint and finally make a female-lead superhero action film already. I mean, wouldn’t you pay to go see these ladies kick some ass and save the world on the big screen?

We have been hearing rumors about a Black Widow film for a while. Plus, Marvel has also been pondering bringing Captain Marvel (formerly known as Ms. Marvel) to the big screen for her own movie (more on that soon). And DC Comics & Warner Bros. recently announced a three-movie deal with Gal Gadot to play Wonder Woman, including a standalone film of her own.

So things are moving in the right direction and it’s only a matter of time. But I’m impatient, and I can’t wait! So in the meantime, I’m gonna keep talking about it, and telling people we need it, and hope that the inspiring image of these fictional superheroines will help spark the next generation of Tough Cookies.

Tough Cookies assemble!

Source: Recommanded Movies

A First Look At The New Wonder Woman

In case you missed out on the San Diego Comic Con this year, which just wrapped up one week ago today, here’s one of the sneak peeks you would have seen unveiled there.

It’s Wonder Woman!

No I’m serious. This isn’t a joke. I know there have been a lot of rumors and pilots and attempts to put the Wonder Woman character on the big screen. And all have failed… until now.

Or at least we hope this one will stick.

It’s Director Zack Snyder’s next project with Warner Bros. and DC Comics for the coming “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” movie starring Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill returning as Superman. And they’ve decided to throw a little feminine energy into the mix.

About damn time!

So they’ve cast Gal Gadot, the exotic beauty who kicked ass in the Fast & Furious franchise, as Wonder Woman. She got up on stage in the massive Hall H at San Diego’s Comic Con, donned in full Wonder Woman duds, and showed the gawking fans what her character is going to look like. They weren’t allowed to ask questions, but merely watch as Gadot, Affleck and Cavill stood side-by-side on that stage and were introduced as Snyder’s #DCTrinity.

Zack Snyder tweets his CC #DCTrinity

What’s more, it’s also been announced that Gadot has signed a 3-picture deal, including the also announced “Justice League of America” film, and her very own standalone “Wonder Woman” movie, something no one has managed to pull off since the 1975-79 television series starring Lynda Carter.

In 2011, they came close to another television series, releasing a pilot starring Adrianne Palicki. But it never got picked up. And a bummer too, because it wasn’t half bad. Give it a watch and see for yourself.

Wonder Woman 2011 pilot (unaired)

Now there’s a Tough Cookie!

We’ll just have to see how Gal Gadot measures up. I’m not 100% confident, but I’ll admit there could have been much worse choices. I’m willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, and wait to see how she does.

But she certainly has some big shoes to fill. There’s a reason it’s taken this long to get a Wonder Woman character off the ground. It’s a role that comes with a lot of pre-conceived notions and high expectations. So Gadot definitely has her work cut out for her.

I know I personally have been in love with Wonder Woman since my childhood, and have dreamt of the day that a truly amazing actress and film could bring her to life on the big screen.

So keeping our fingers crossed that this one is it.

In the meantime Tough Cookies, let’s take a page out of Wonder Woman’s book (or movie script) and bring her character to life in each of us. Fight for your rights, lasso in the truth, and strive to be strong in all you do!

Be creative. Be adventurous. Be original.

Great Hera!

The Villains in Us

All About EveIsn’t it disappointing how simplistic and one-dimensional today’s female characters in films have become, particularly in action-oriented films? And I don’t just mean the heroines, although they are often severely lacking in flaws and character development themselves. But no, today I want to talk about the villains – or villainesses as it were. It’s these women who shape the conflict of the story. And too often they are short changed, given little thought and weak motivation, and forced to play one mode all the time – outright evil.

What ever happened to the old classic villainesses, the quintessential antagonistic characters of old movies like All About Eve who smiled so sweetly and behaved so innocently, until you caught a glimpse of her true conniving character, her plotting, her scheming. It was more exciting to see her fangs come out only those rare occasions, when she’s truly pushed to the edge. Because that means that she has one – an edge. She has a limit that she can be pushed to, just like the rest of us.

Even the villains have a reason for what they’re doing. Even they deserve to have their story told. And the best villains are the ones that some small part of us can relate to, can understand, and in the rarest moments when they reveal their vulnerability, we may even root for. Those are the more interesting villains, to play and to watch. And they’ve sadly all but disappeared from mainstream cinema, particularly in the action genre where they are so important and needed now more than ever.

So where have all the great villains and villainesses gone? Where are the messed-up, spiteful, and confused characters that shine a light on the darker parts of ourselves? We need them to feel whole as human beings, to understand and accept our own evils and anger within us, watch that battle play out on screen instead of inside ourselves. And the heroes of the stories need them to reflect the other side of themselves, and give them something to fight for. It’s actually quite healthy and therapeutic, and it’s what makes great films.

So come on you writers, directors, producers, filmmakers – let’s give these villains a bit more of ourselves and our creative efforts, shall we? Let’s give voice to the villains in us, and make some freaking great movies at the same time!

Plus, if you could make them female, then more power to you! And that means more power to those Tough Cookies who will play that part of the antagonist in your story.

Ever Told You Look Bad-Ass?

Sarah Connor in Terminator 2

I walked into work today, and my boss said to me,

“You’re looking very Sarah Connor today.”

“Thanks!” I replied. I think that’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to me!

I’m pretty sure he meant it as a compliment, but even if he didn’t, that should always be taken as a good thing. Don’t you agree? Wouldn’t you be happy to be told you look particularly bad-ass today?

That’s something we women should all be striving for everyday, to be more like Sarah Connor – although maybe minus the whole son who is destined to be the people’s leader against an AI that’s taken over the world, which makes him the target of deadly robots called Terminators… maybe minus that part.

What about you? What’s the nicest, most bad-ass compliment you’ve received recently?

Finally – Black Widow Gets Her Own Movie!

We’ve seen Iron Man, and Captain America, and Thor, and the Hulk hit the big screens in all their own glory – all those hunky superhero men who join forces and fight side-by-side in “The Avengers” franchise.

But what about the one woman who kicks ass right alongside those men?

Scarlett Johansson as The Black Widow

Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow character has side-kicked next to the title characters in both the “Iron Man” films and the upcoming “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” movie. 

But now we are hearing official word that Marvel Studios is starting to develop a Black Widow film of her own, now that the next Captain America film is safely on its way to an April 4 release. And Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige seems genuinely excited about how Scarlett Johansson’s character is progressing, in this latest Marvel film and beyond.

“We learn more about her past and learn more about where she came from and how she became in that film. The notion of exploring that even further in her own film would be great, and we have some development work with that.”

That’s really as much as we know for now. But I’ll be keeping a close eye on the development of this potential Black Widow film. So you’ll be sure to hear more as soon as I do.

Until then, stay tuned and stay tough, my fellow cookies!

Source: Variety

"Haywire" Movie Review


I saw “Haywire” exactly a year ago today, and I’m sorry to say that I was rather disappointed. Despite hearing reports of weak fight scenes and uninspired acting, I still had my hopes.

You see, I’ve been waiting for a film like this for a while – an action film with a female cast in the starring role who can both act and do all her own action… essentially a stunt actress. It’s exactly the thing I think the action genre needs, and what I’m trying to become myself, so I was eager to see a movie that was taking a step in that direction. We’ve learned through the many eras of male action leads that the only truly successful “stunt actors” are those who start out as fighters and then learn to act. It’s much harder to have an actor learn how to do all those complex and dangerous stunts themselves, which is why most all actors have stunt doubles. Even today, as more actors like Tom Cruise, Jason Statham and Matt Damon are starting to do some of their own fighting and stunts, they still leave the really complicated stuff to the trained professionals.

But a stunt person who can also act? Now that would really be something. And it’s in very high demand, despite being extremely rare. Directors and fight choreographers alike love it because they don’t have to restrict the camera movement for fight scenes in order to hide a stunt double. Producers love it because it saves money – not needing to hire a separate stunt man. And audiences love it because it’s cool to know that the guy on screen did all his own stunts. That’s why Jackie Chan became such a household name – that and because he was GOOD.

But we’ve yet to see a strong example of this from a female. And now as martial arts become more universally acceptable and popular, and the market for female fighters on screen grows, I think it’s about time we had one.

This is why I had hopes for “Haywire,” and particularly for Gina Carano. She has the right background – a long time MMA competitor who can really fight and just needed to add the acting component.

But alas, “Haywire” was not going to give her that opportunity. Granted it wasn’t all her fault. The story lacked originality, the writing lacked emotion, and the characters lacked depth. And not just for her character, but for the ridiculously name-packed male supporting cast they surrounded her with. I was underwhelmed with all of their performances (save for maybe Michael Fassbender) and each was given too little screen time to show any kind of character development worthy of audience esteem. So Gina Carano didn’t have much to work with anyway. But then you could also tell just how uneasy she was on camera, and how little acting coaching and support they’d bothered to give her. This just made her seem all the more stiff and one-dimensional, and as a result, very hard to relate to or care much about.

So another hope dashed. I guess I will just have to wait for another chance to see a good female stunt actress take the lead. Or I’ll just have to do it myself! :)

The Superheroes in Us

At this year’s World Domination Summit, Chris Brogan said “When we look up to superheroes, it’s because there are aspects of us that we see in them that we want to bring out in ourselves.”

I couldn’t agree more. In fact, I think that’s true of any successful, powerful character we see on the big screen (or our personal television screen). The “superheroes” we see in the movies need to be reflections of us, or else you lose the connection to them and to the movie itself.

All too often, this point is missed in the development of powerful female “superhero” characters. They lack the depth, vulnerability, and will to overcome that we real-life women experience everyday.

Batgirl Wonder Woman & Supergirl

But what can better motivate a character, and create drama, and add suspense, than giving that character great obstacles both externally and internally.

It’s been uplifting to see improvement in the development and depth of strong male characters in film, and they are starting to realize that a man’s character doesn’t have to be all brawn and no brains or inner beasts.

But we’ve yet to see it embraced in the female form, and quite frankly I’m getting rather tired of it.

If we can embrace the presence of the superhero and the kryptonite within ourselves, then why can’t we embrace it in the fictional characters that are supposed to connect with us on screen?