If Marvel ever gets around to making a She-Hulk movie, Doctor Who and Tank Girl director Rachel Talalay expressed her willingness to helm the project. Due to the success of Wonder Woman, women filmmakers and movies about female superheroes have become a hot topic. Since Wonder Woman was one of the rare films that was able to pull it off, more female superheroes are being brought into the conversation, including Marvel’s She-Hulk.
Talalay is no stranger when it comes to directing movies with strong female leads. She was the director of the 1995 cult-favorite Tank Girl, starring Lori Petty. Talalay has since directed episodes of superhero shows such as The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. Talalay received praise for her work in Doctor Who, having directed the season finale episodes for seasons 8, 9, and 10. She was on the rumored short list to direct Captain Marvel, though says she was never a candidate for the project.
Though Talalay won’t be involved in Captain Marvel, there will always be other Marvel movies on the horizon. The Marvel character she is most interesting in bringing to the big screen is the Sensational She-Hulk, saying she has a “strong vision” for the character.
“The difference between She-Hulk and Hulk is that she loved being She-Hulk. She was the Tank Girl of earlier days in terms of being able to say what she wanted, and when she became She-Hulk, it was like an opening of the door to freedom, to be the person that you wish you could be. That you’re stopped from being as a woman. And that’s the version of She-Hulk that I would love to embrace.”
If the movie were to be made, it would be She-Hulk’s first live-action appearance, though other movies starring the character had been planned. In the 1990s, a She-Hulk movie with Brigitte Nielson in the title role and Larry Cohen as director was in the works but never came to fruition.
In the comic books, She-Hulk is the alter ego of Jennifer Walters, a prosecutor and the cousin of Bruce Banner. For Walters, “hulking out” is much different for her than it is for Banner. While able to retain her intelligence, Walters adopts a more aggressive and self-confident personality. She-Hulk has served as a member of both the Fantastic Four and the Avengers.
When Marvel announces their slate for Phase 4, we’ll find out if She-Hulk is on the list.
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