At SDCC, Sigourney Weaver and Elodie Yung have praised female role models in society and the success of Wonder Woman. There are more female heroes finally getting the attention they deserve, and audiences are responding to that. One of those heroes is obviously Diana Prince; Wonder Woman is the first solo superhero movie to be wildly successful both critically and financially.
Sigourney Weaver will soon be starring in The Defenders as the antagonist, Alexandra. She won’t be a traditional villain, described more as an adversary rather than as a cackling evil genius. That said, in a recent clip released by Marvel TV we saw the formidable Madame Gao even obey her orders, which that tells fans plenty they need to know about the type of person Weaver’s character is.
During an interview with Variety, Sigourney Weaver talked about strong women in entertainment and how their roles have developed – specifically in reference to Wonder Woman. She also praises other actresses that are pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a woman starring in mainstream Hollywood movies. Weaver went on to talk about how she’s waiting for it to happen outside of the big screen.
“Maybe the Halls of Congress will be can dominate. I’m very excited that Wonder Woman has taken over and that there’s so many great actresses; Scarlett Johansson, Charlize Theron who’ve also made such a valuable contribution in this space. It’s finally happening, they’re being written well and played like women and so now it just has to happen in real life.”
Sigourney’s co-star in The Defenders, Elodie Yung, will be on Alexandra’s side during the next Marvel Netflix series. She praised the fact that Sigourney had been involved with project, mentioning that Weaver is a strong woman in herself and also represents strong women:
“It’s a good thing, finally we are coming and we exist and it’s good that we have projects that portray strong females. I think for our show it was amazing to have Sigourney with us. As a woman you’re a very strong woman in life, you know? And you represent that. I think it’s great.”
The characters and roles are there for women of all types to portray, and studios are finally realizing that these are characters audiences want to see on their screens. With solo movies like Wonder Woman proving female-led tentpoles can be successful and films with huge hype around them like Captain Marvel – this might just be the age of the female superhero that millions of fans have been waiting for.
Marvel’s The Defenders premieres on August 18th, followed by The Punisher season 1 later this fall. Premiere dates for the new seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist have yet to be announced.
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