The movie industry was always a little biased to Female led movies in the past. They were sidelined as a love interest or supporting characters. However, things have changed since the past couple of years. The humongous success of Wonder Women and Captain Marvel have that Women can lead a big blockbuster movie. I am not saying there weren’t female-led movies in the past, they were there but in limited numbers. But now Studios are spending millions of dollars in Female led movies. 3 women led comic book movies are releasing in 2020 and it is going to be a crazy year for Female comic book fans and regular moviegoers.
The success of Wonder Women Proved that female-led movies can perform well at the box office if things are done right. Studios experimented with Cat-women and Electra but those movies underperform at the box office. The Studios started to lose faith in female-led movies and moved on. However, Patty Jenkins roared at the box office With wonder Women reminding Studios female-led movies can do well. Wonder Women holds 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and grossed 821 million dollars worldwide. Kevin Feige analyzed Wonder Women success and started Captain Marvel. The movie became the first female-led movie to join the billion-dollar club. The main reason behind Captain Marvel success might have been the boost from Avengers movie but it is still a huge achievement.
There have been other great female characters in the movie. Rey from Star Wars, Lara Croft from Tomb Raider, Sarah Connor from Terminator, Black Widow in MCU, Belle from Beauty and the beast, Sansa Stark from Game of Thrones and many more. These characters have been very popular and empowering.
Let’s talk about movies coming out in 2020. Three comic book movies with are releasing in 2020 with female leading. Black Widow, Wonder Women 1984 and Birds of Prey. All three movies are either being filmed or are in post-production. Black Widow’s character was first introduced in MCU in Iron Man 2 back in 2009. After that She was a regular and recurring member of Avengers Family. Kevin Feige took his time to build Natasha Romanoff character and finally is giving her a solo movie which she deserves. Jessica Chastain Slammed marvel back in the days for not giving Black Widow a solo movie. Black Widow will be the first MCU movie that will be solely directed by Female (Cate Shortland)
Natasha Romanoff sacrificed herself to save billions of People in Avengers EndGame. So it will be interesting to see when the movie takes place. According to some sources, the movie takes place after the event of Captain America Civil War. The emotional death of Natasha in Avengers EndGame might boost the box office of Black Widow. The movie does not have a start date but the movie is expected to kick start the summer movie season in the first week of May.
Another big blockbuster movie releasing in 2020 is Wonder Women 1984. The movie stars Gal Gadot and is directed by Patty Jenkins. The supremely talented Kristin Wiig joins the amazing cast. Chris Pine is returning as Steve Trevon despite dying in the first movie. The movie was pushed a year later for reshoots. Based on the comic book movie box office analysis, every sequel earns more money than its predecessor. Wonder Women 1984 would love to continue the history and perform exceptionally well at the box office. The movie has a legit chance of joining the billion-dollar club. I have full faith in Patty and Jenkins and I hope the movie lives up to the expectation.
DC is releasing big team up movies with females in 2020. Birds of Prey will bring Margot Robbie back as Harley Quinn, will further add Jurnee Smollett as Black Canary and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress. Margot Robbie has been phenomenal for the past couple of years. The Academy Award-nominated actress was phenomenal as Harley in Suicide Squad. The movie might be the first female team up movie. The movie is directed by Cathy Yan the director of Dead Pigs. Birds of Prey will hit theaters on February 7.
Apart from comic book movies, Disney is releasing live-action remake of Mulan. The movie is reported to have a budget of 300 million. The movie will be directed by Niki Caro the director of The Zookeeper’s wife. 2020 is going to be a huge year for comic book movie fans, especially women. Let’s enjoy whatever Studios have in store for us.