From DC to Marvel...
Next year’s line up of female-led superhero films has us itching to grab a cape and pick up karate, as Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel and the anticipated sequel to Wonder Woman will be coming out. And while we’re on the topic of Wonder Woman, we’ve learned some exciting news. It turns one of the first film’s screenwriters has just been given his own show, centred around female superheroes in the Marvel universe. We know, it sounds amazing.
So, who is this screenwriter? Well, Deadline revealed that the new showrunner is Allan Heinberg. Even if you don’t know who he is, you definitely know his work. Beyond his fantastic work on Wonder Woman, he’s also worked very closely with Shondaland – a TV production company helmed by Shonda Rhimes, the creator of all your favourite shows including Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.
He’s actually written for those shows before, as well as Sex and the City, The OC, Gilmore Girls and was even given his own show The Catch. He’s also dipped his toe into the superheroic universe before, as he penned a run of Wonder Woman for DC Comics, as well as Young Avengers and Avengers: The Children’s Crusade for Marvel Comics.
After reading those credentials alone, we’re so onboard with this show. Fingers crossed that we get something that’s as badass as the Marvel films, but also just super fun and cheesy like Gilmore Girls and SATC.
He’ll be writing the show for ABC Studios, a Disney-owned network which is where shows like How to Get Away With Murder, Scandal and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. live. If you’re a fellow stan of Daisy Johnson and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., there’s no need to worry that this new Marvel show will be edging it out. We’ll still be getting a new season next year and according to Deadline, they are ‘not planning the upcoming sixth season of S.H.I.E.L.D as its last’.
There’s also rumours that we could be getting another female superhero show, as apparently Disney are working on a set of standalone Marvel mini-series for their upcoming streaming service. Variety claimed there could be a Scarlet Witch series with Elizabeth Olsen playing the lead next year and it’ll air exclusively on the future Disney platform, which is set to be a major competitor to Netflix. (Apparently there’s a few of them in the works, including one that revolves around Tom Hiddleston’s Loki.)
It’s crazy to think that just a few years ago, a superhero film or show fronted by a woman would be totally unheard of. But now, films like Wonder Woman are blowing box offices wide open and we’re also getting to see a range of different kinds of superheroines: from Jessica Jones’ tortured whiskey drinking anti-hero through to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s cheeky yet vulnerable Daisy Johnson. You can never have enough complex ass-kicking women, more of this please.