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From the Mouth of a Babe: Jessica Chastain Wants to Know "Where Is the Scarlett Johansson Superhero Movie?"

By Vivian Kane | Celebrities Are Better than You | August 27, 2014 | Comments ()


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Jessica Chastain gave an interview to The Wrap recently, and the conversation turned to the subject of women’s (lack of) film roles. Chastain, who has kicked a decent amount of movie ass, asked the same question we’ve all been asking lately/forever.


“Where is the Scarlett Johansson superhero movie? I don’t understand it, why is it taking so long for this?” Chastain asked TheWrap, rhetorically and with no small degree of animation. “This woman clearly shows that people want to go see her in the movies. ‘Lucy,’ didn’t it beat ‘Hercules’ by a lot opening weekend, when it was made for a lot less? She shows that she kicks ass, she’s a great actress. ‘Under the Skin’ is an incredible film, and why are we still waiting for a go-ahead on a superhero movie starring Scarlett Johansson?


“To me, it’s a no-brainer,” she added. “You want to make money, put Scarlett Johansson in a superhero movie!”

Look, it’s not like she’s asking any new questions or posing any new suggestions, but these are the conversations we need to keep having. And it’s a generally accepted Hollywood rule that the hotter the person asking, the more seriously the question is taken. So thank you, Jessica Chastain. You are truly a hero among babes, and we salute you.

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  • Abby Cadabby

    I LOVE Jessica Chastain SO much. Everything she does is radiating with class and talent. That said, I agree with the comments that Black Widow as a character is not particularly interesting...but with the right writer? All that "red" she mentioned in the Avengers should at least make for a decent action flik.

  • dragonchild

    Black Widow is uninspiring at best and a male fantasy at worst. She has no powers and it seems she can't get through a fight scene without wrapping her legs around something. The most positive buzz about her in the Avengers is that she "holds her own" and actually has a job as a recruiter. Uh, yay? This isn't the sort of character girls want to dress up as for Halloween.

    There is only one way I can think of to make a Scarlett Johansson superhero movie work: cast her as Samus Aran in a movie based on the first three "Metroid" games and kidnap James Cameron time-warped from 1985 to direct it. Samus has the character depth of a puddle in a heat wave but that's par for movie renditions of superheroes anyway. The idea is to limit the ways producers can screw things up. It's a hostile environment so she's gotta be in a sealed power suit, it's a terribly lonely planet so there are no other fiddles to play second to or boys to be "one of the boys (except sexy)" around. The dialogue would consist entirely of information exchanges with her employer and maybe some banter with the ship's computer (which I've decided will also be female so take that, Bechdel Test!). Otherwise it's just her, her kick-ass arm cannon, a claustrophobic labyrinth lovingly portrayed by 1985 Cameron's filmmaking and a big-budget bunch of creepy crawlies that need some goddamn killin' because the galaxy depends on it.

    I've been waiting almost 30 years; make it happen already.

  • e jerry powell

    And an Oscar nominee, no less.

  • Sean

    Chastain as Contessa Valentina "Val" Allegra de la Fontaine, please.

  • Nah, we can't have a female super hero movie, because they're totes busy making movies for such incredibly popular (white, male) heroes such as Ant Man. It's all part of the Plan, see? The Plan does not have a place for diverse superheroes.

    I don't know that they even should make a Black Widow movie, much as I enjoy that character and, by extension, her relationship with Hawkeye. I get why that doesn't fit into their narrative. But there are other heroes who are more interesting and not just another white dude saving the day. I like Paul Rudd. I'm sure Ant Man will be fun, but I simply don't get why they could not have made a movie with Black Panther or Luke Cage or Scarlet Witch or Ms. Marvel that would also have furthered The Plan.

  • The Kilted Yaksman

    Scarlett is...charismatically challenged, but she did *almost* show three facial expressions in The Avengers. Has she ever headlined a big movie that made money?

  • Maddy

    I don't care who it is, any female superhero movie would be great. How is there not a Wonder Woman standalone movie? People would go crazy for that

  • underscoreBlake

    From the Mouth of a Babe:

    I see what you did there.

  • Davis

    The same reason why there isn't a hawkeye solo movie they both stink.

    Obviously there should be a marvel female superhero movie but just with someone interesting, like scarlet witch. Her point of lucy beating hercules isn't a good one because they moved lucy up because it couldn't compete with GOTG or TMNT. So it's not like people are begging for a solo scarjo movie, it was just between lucy or hercules.

    Plus i'd rather see a black superhero movie rather than a female one.

    Falcon>Black Widow

  • I'm sure Marvel Studios can't hear the complaints from the noise the counting machines are making sorting the $7 billion that "The Plan" has generated so far. This debate is starting to wear on me. What we know or resonably speculate about "The Plan" is that it is building toward a giant cosmic battle with Thanos in Avengers 3. With Earthbound Ant-Man and Cap 3 already on the schedule (along with Dr. Strange and GotG 2) there's really not room for a third non-cosmic release between A2 and A3. Now if you want to debate they should have gone Widow over Ant-Man? Then debate away. We're probably going to see a Captain Marvel movie that will serve as part of the lead-up to Avengers 3.

  • Kim Stephens

    I am so sick of hearing about "The Plan." "The Plan" is to make a shit ton of money. If they haven't left room for changes to which properties they develop based on how well the first movie did they're idiots. They had a plan for what they would do if Thor bombed. They had a plan for if Captain America: The First Avenger had been a complete piece of shit. They should have a plan for when their target audience isn't what they thought it was or a character takes off in a way they didn't expect. If their narrative is so shaky a couple of extra female characters or one little stand alone Black Widow movie is going to make it topple it wasn't much of a plan to start with.

  • The Widow character hasn't taken off. So much of this debate doesn't stem from a universal love of the character. It's conjecture about Johansson's ability to carry a solo superhero movie is based on the box office performance of a film that had the 13th highest opening in one of the worst box office summers in recent memory (also 13th highest grossing). You really want the first female led superhero movie of this generation to be from a rushed or recycled script with a lead who is fresh from the delivery room? That doesn't sound like it would do the character, actress or Marvel Studios' reputation any justice.

    There's plenty of time for Scarlett to star in a solo movie. She only turns 30 later this year. A lot of the heavy hitters' contracts are going to run out after Avengers 3, and Marvel will need a few established stars and characters to bridge transition between this initial crop of stars and the next. I'm sure Marvel has important plans for her post-A3.

  • logan

    Give it up Dutch you aint gonna persuade the women folk.
    I think what your saying is dead on from Marvels perspective. If the plan aint broke dont fix it. If the money trucks are still carrying full loads why change ?

    Also has anyone asked Scarlett herself if SHE wants to do this since she's about to have a baby?

    Maybe she'd like to take some time off IDK. My daughter did after she had her baby.

    Having said all that I would see a Black Widow with Scarlett movie opening weekend.

  • JustOP

    What the hell do you think you're doing? You can't just waltz in here and apply logic to things like that. The people want a movie and they want one now god damnit. It doesn't matter how it fits into the narrative they've spent a small countries economy on building, just do it.

  • I know people want to see Scarlett in a solo movie before she turns all saggy and gross at 33, but come on have a little patience.

  • Maddy

    Can you not

  • SamuraiShampoo

    I don't understand the appeal. I'd take a squirrel girl movie over a black widow one any day.

  • John W

    Agree. It's a no brainer.

    I also want to see Jessica Chastain in a Marvel movie. Just sayin'

  • ed newman

    I give you one concrete example of why it is not a no brainer: Electra.

    And before you get started, I agree it was a crappy movie about a fringe character by a different studio. But the fact that it does exist and it did bomb means to me that use of a brain is needed here.

  • Yeaaaah, but Daredevil itself sucked. You now have multiple films that Scarlet has been in, from supporting to co-lead(ish), and all of them have been decent to great. Plus, she's had more time to prove herself and win audiences. As much as I LOVE Jennifer Garner (seriously, I can't even count how many times I've watched the first season of Alias), she wasn't set up as well to lead Electra as an individual film: she came off a film that sucked, and went into another film with a terrible script.

  • ed newman

    That's all fine. But the issue is whether making a female superhero movie is a no-brainer. Scarlet does not make your case all that well. Like Electra, she is another fringe character without the same level of recognition or following as Spider-Man or even Iron Man. Despite appearances, Marvel has limited resources and they are walking a fine line between just enough and over-saturation of the market. Plus they want to make as much money as humanly possible. So if you are a Marvel exec and it's YOUR job and career on the line, do you risk it greenlighting a fringe female superhero film when it has never been shown that the public will actually support it (and there is at least one time when it bombed, for whatever reason), or do you continue to mine more well known male options (there's the no brainer), or do you take a risk on a more fringe male superhero to set yourself up for the future? At least with the male option there is precedent for success. The female option will happen when there are fewer better risks, but it is not a no-brainer that a female superhero movie should happen soon.

  • emmalita

    Also, I will never forget the way she said "I'm the motherfucker that found this place."

  • Stephanie C. Bois

    I need to watch Zero Dark Thirty again just to hear that line..! :)

  • emmalita

    A hero among babes, indeed.

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