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Thursday, February 08, 2007

What's in a name?

In an earlier post about Wonder Woman, I blogged that I could really go for a Power Girl movie.

The more I think about it, the more I think the movie could work. Power Girl's a very dynamic, modern sort of character. She's forceful in personality, connected to Superman, and with very traditional superhero powers. Her backstory is simple enough, if you decide to start with a Earth-2 set origin story.

Sure she doesn't really have any name recognition outside of the comic geek communities. But that could actually be a good thing.

Anyone who hears about Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, Fantastic Four, they're going to know immediately that these are comic book movies. This is good, because a lot of people know who the heroes are and will come to see their childhood heroes on the silver screen.

But there does seem to be a market for generally unknown or original superheroes too. When Blade came out, I had actually had no idea it was a comic book first, and I know I wasn't alone in that. My Super-Ex-Girlfriend did reasonably well, without starring any sort of familiar hero. The success of "Heroes" definitely implies the public is open to new superhero mythos.

The advantage to a movie about Power Girl is that the general public won't hear the name and immediately think "Oh, it's a comic geek movie". Power Girl's got the perfect cheeky personality to lead a witty action-comedy type movie, one that can downplay the comic book tendancies while playing up the appeal of a flying girl in skimpy clothes that punches badguys.

Okay. That may not make a whole lot of sense. I'm tired. Give me a break. :-)

I just think it could be good and if marketed correctly could be used to attract a wider audience than expected. Heck, I can't think of a character more designed to appeal to casual male viewers aged 18-40 on casual glance.

And personally, I think her self-aware wit would be a much better fit for someone like Joss Whedon than Wonder Woman would be.

I think someone should give it a try. Heck it can't turn out worse than Helen Slater's Supergirl...


  • At February 08, 2007 11:03 AM, Blogger SallyP said…

    Makes sense to me. Honestly, outside of comics,who has ever heard of Ghost Rider? Besides, Peej is fun.

    But they MUST include her mangy old cat.

  • At February 08, 2007 11:32 AM, Blogger D.Bishop (aka Mr. Allison Blaire) said…

    I didnt know who she was until JSA, and I've been reading comics all my life ( just not DC books I guess). I'd pay major coin to go se a Power Girl movie. Is there a reason she's never been in any cartoon or show ? Its kinda weird

  • At February 08, 2007 12:00 PM, Blogger Jason said…

    See here's the thing. What would any feminist say just looking at Power Girl. "Great, another big-boobed, blond geek fantasy." Look at any cover of any book she's in and there's one (OK, two) thing(s) that stands out. I like her as a character and enjoy reading books she appears in. But, to the outside observer, she's probably one of the most sexist-looking characters there is. Plus, I still think more people would go see a Supergirl movie simply because of name recongnition.

  • At February 08, 2007 12:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Give me a big-budget Thor movie (in full Lord of the Rings epic mode), and a Captain America movie set in World War II, then we'll talk about a Power Girl movie.

    But not before.

  • At February 08, 2007 12:12 PM, Blogger Zaratustra said…

  • At February 08, 2007 12:25 PM, Blogger Jason said…

    Who the heck is that supposed to appeal to? Really? Ug, is it really so hard to write a fun, girl character?

  • At February 08, 2007 12:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I wish someone would dig up that repulsively creepy panty-shot sketch of Garza's that was floating around when he did a fill-in on David's Supergirl.

    Regarding Power Girl: It's the role Katee Sackhoff was born to play, baby!

  • At February 08, 2007 3:09 PM, Blogger Elayne said…

    Considering the character started out as a sexist in-joke, I can't really get behind the idea of building a movie around said character.

  • At February 08, 2007 3:28 PM, Blogger Flidget Jerome said…

    Elayne, I'd disagree about her having been a sexist in-joke. She was always a feminist from her first appearances and that outfit isn't anymore revealing than, say, Wonder Woman's. I can't say the fabled size-increase of her breasts happened either, at least not in any way that was noticible.

  • At February 08, 2007 3:53 PM, Blogger Denyer said…

    "Considering the character started out as a sexist in-joke"

    Eh, it'd rule out a lot of movies based on cape books, female and male protagonists.

    I'd go watch, and Peej is almost as far from my physical ideal as it gets. Fun, arse-kicking character.

  • At February 08, 2007 6:19 PM, Blogger Richard said…

    I would likewise beg to differ with Elayne. Power Girl didn't start out as a sexist in-joke...but that's what she was made into. She really started with Gerry Conway's frankly muddleheaded and condescending view of feminism; Wally Wood then had his little jape at the expense of DC with her bust size...but he also drew her as a dynamic, forceful presence, and depicted a genuinely tough female hero whose stance and body language expressed power. She wasn't constantly drawn in centerfold poses or objectified as merely a sex object: this is what later creators gave us. And that's why a movie would be a bad idea, because Hollywood would similarly miss anything good about the character and turn it into an extended boob joke.

  • At February 08, 2007 9:59 PM, Blogger Ferrous Buller said…

    Who the heck is that supposed to appeal to?

    The Tickle Me Emo set.

    "I hurt myself to feel aliiiive!"

    Elayne: Power Girl's been around for over 30 years and is, AFAICT, a major player in the DCU at this point. I'd say she's come a pretty long way from her origins, whatever they were. Besides, this is comic books we're talking: how many times has she been rebooted already?

  • At February 09, 2007 12:07 AM, Blogger Ragnell said…

    Elayne -- Y'know, I've read those issues of All-Star Comics Super Squad multiple times in the past few months, and I do not see the evidence that she is a joke. She's treated as a main character, a formidable powerhouse, and a modern 70s woman who contrasts with the old-fashioned JSA elders.

  • At February 09, 2007 12:42 AM, Blogger notintheface said…

    Coyle, you're dead-on about Katee Sackhoff. Both characters are even named Kara.

    The main barrier to Peege getting a movie is her clusterfuck origin. In some ways it's too bad her wagon got hitched the Earth-Two Superman's star, instead of her coming from, say, Daxam. When done right, she kicks more ass than Buffy, Xena, and Zoe put together.

  • At February 09, 2007 11:51 AM, Blogger SallyP said…

    Hey...I LIKE Kara. Big breasts and all.

  • At February 10, 2007 11:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'd love to see a Power Girl movie, though I have to agree that her origin is a tricky question, as it's way too convuluted at this point to work for a mainstream audience.

  • At April 17, 2007 1:56 AM, Blogger VP81955 said…

    It's too bad Frank Tashlin is no longer with us; he could have found some super-buxom starlet and designed a charming, funny superhero film around her.

    And what would the title be? "The Power Girl Can't Help It," of course.


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