Posted: Aug 05 2014
by: Neal Haworth

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Sony To Produce a Female-Led Superhero Movie

Other than Black Widow (played by Scarlet Johansson) from Marvel's: The Avengers, we've yet to see a female Superhero on the big screen. But that may soon change, as DeadLine.com revealed that Sony Pictures is working on a new Spider-Man Universe movie that will feature a leading female star. The folks at DeadLine even noted a release date of 2017 for the upcoming flick.

But one question remains unanswered: which female superhero character will receive her own movie? One possibility is Spider-Girl. Originally created by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz, Spider-Girl is the daughter Peter Parker and Mary-Jane Watson. She first appeared in a late 1990s edition of the Spider-Man comics but later acquired her own comic book, rightfully titled Spider-Girl.

Another possibility is a Black Cat movie. The daughter of a famous cat burglar, the Black Cat is self-trained in martial arts and acrobatics. When she dons her superhero costume for the first time in an attempt to break her father out of prison, the Black Cat meets Spider-man. While she's been around in the comic books since the 1970s, the Black Cat recently made an appearance in The Amazing Spider Man 2, portrayed by actress Felicity Jones. And in case you were wondering, the Black Cat is not the same character as Catwoman from the DC Universe.

A third possibility is that Sony Pictures will release a Silver Sabre movie. Leader of the Wild Pack and CEO of Silver Sabre International, she is a female mercenary whose tactics often coincide with other superheros in the Marvel Comics Universe, including Captain America and Spider-Man.

Why is Sony Pictures eager to release a female-led Superhero movie? Simply put, there's a growing interest for female stars on the big screen. A source close to the project shared some insight Sony's decision to produce a female superhero movie, citing the popularity of flicks like Salt, Wanted and Lucy.

"What other movies we could do was something everyone started talking about when shooting the last movie. With Salt, Wanted and Lucy, there is a huge appetite for this [female stars] right now The one thing you can’t ignore is the fans. There was a rejection going on with having another Spider-Man come out so soon, and you have to listen to the fans in this world. We all took a good look in the mirror and said, we have to try to have to figure it out and revamp it," said an unnamed source working closely on the project.

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