Apparently, Camila Mendes really wants to play a superhero, and she already has the comic book roots to back it. Last spring, the industry newcomer made her small screen debut in Riverdale, The CW’s teen soap spin on the classic Archie comics. Mendes stars as Veronica Lodge, a saucy, dark haired vixen forced into town from New York City after her father is sent to prison, leaving her and her mother in the lurch.
It marks Mendes’ first big acting role, but it’s a big one: The show was well received by critics and fans alike, and was picked up for a season 2 renewal shortly before its season 1 finale. It’s likely that Mendes will stick with Riverdale for quite some time provided it keeps running, but now that she’s established a budding career, she’s already looking ahead to her dream projects.
During a recent interview with People, the actress said she’d “love to play a superhero in a big feature” — a goal made all the more tangible by Wonder Woman‘s record-breaking success over the summer. As fans well know by know, the film surpassed a record-breaking $800 million at the global box office, became the highest-grossing film directed by a woman, and now ranks as both the highest-grossing superhero origin story ever released and one of the top 20 highest grossing movies ever.
There had, of course, been female superheroes before — Supergirl, Elektra, Catwoman — but for some reason, they always flopped. Wonder Woman is proof that a female-fronted super flick can succeed, it just needs the right script, direction, and timing behind it. Joss Whedon’s upcoming Batgirl serves as another chance to stake new ground, and if done properly, it could be another major feat for women in comics.
Interestingly enough, fans have already begun to campaign on social media for Mendes to get the role, and Marvel artist Joe Quinones has even floated around some concept art (seen in the tweet above). So, just maybe, her dream gig will be coming her way sooner than she imagined. Successful as it was, Wonder Woman was criticized for its lack of intersectionality, and as a Latina, Mendes would help to rectify that gap. Veteran stars like Elle Fanning, Jane Levy, and Emma Roberts are already reportedly in the running, but hey, that doesn’t mean Mendes doesn’t have a chance.
Riverdale returns on Wednesday, October 11 on The CW.
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