Keep the Kryptonite at bay and she’s ready to play. When Supergirl makes a return to the big screen, Top 10 Films has some suggestions of who could play the comic book hero.
As Hollywood panders to the youthful exuberance of that teenage crowd who love the back row in theatres, their gaze drifting away from the screen and towards second base, it can only be a matter of time before comic book superhero Supergirl returns to the big screen. Imagine the marketing possibilities as testosterone-fuelled boys are presented with the most powerful girl on earth – blonde, beautiful and armed with breasts that could deflect a bullet. Keep the Kryptonite at bay and she’s ready to play.
Although Supergirl has been portrayed in different ways and as different personas throughout her depiction in several comic books series published by DC Comics, the familiar incarnation is Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El. In the comic books she first appears in 1972, with further original stories appearing in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s before she was given a new lease of life during DC Comics 2011 reboot. In film, she was played by Helen Slater in Jeannot Szwarc’s 1984 film, while, more recently, Laura Vanderoot played her in television series Smallville.
As Christopher Nolan’s dazzling Batman trilogy reaches its curtain-closing finale, reboots of old favourites as well as new characters from both the DC and Marvel worlds will have to fill the void left by Bruce Wayne. But who should play Supergirl?
10. Laura Vandervoort
Laura Vandervoort is familiar to the Smallville audience so it would be an easy transition for her to take the role to the silver screen.
9. Gina Carano
The professional martial artist displayed a knack for kicking butt in Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire. As long as the action outweighed the talking, she’d be a feisty Supergirl.
8. Helen Slator
How about Helen Slator reprising the role as an older Supergirl? She’d be a S-I-L-F. While we’re on the subject of this 1980s “classics” – how about some eighties films that need a sequel?
7. Ellen Page
She’d be a tough Supergirl with a quick retort if Lex Luthor wanted to play mind games. Not one to mess with but she might have a problem with the dress code though. She’s excellent in Hard Candy and Juno.
6. Sarah Michelle Gellar
Gellar needs a career reboot. The ex-vampire slayer has shown she has the presence to battle all types of foe. Plus, she’d look great in that cape.
5. Anne Hathaway
Showed she could make a superhero far more interesting than it was written in The Dark Knight Rises, Hathaway would be a long shot for the role but could potentially pull it off.
4. Emma Stone
Slight in stature but plenty of power under that cape…who wouldn’t like to see Emma Stone play Supergirl?
3. Chloë Grace Moretz
Been there, done that, got the Kick-Ass t-shirt. Maybe not the best career move to get typecast as a superhero but it isn’t the worst typecast to have. If the producers want a younger Supergirl surely Moretz is the perfect choice.
2. Saoirse Ronan
Terrific acting skills to go with her ass-kicking potential as seen in Hanna.
1. Jennifer Lawrence
Huge star power. Might be a bit busy with Hunger Games sequels but would be a perfect Supergirl.
Written and compiled by Daniel Stephens.
Your turn – who would you like to see play Supergirl?
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