Okay, C.I. had a party Saturday at her house, huge party, and a lot of fun. I got into a conversation with several actresses about why female super heroes in live action sucked.
We all agreed that the super hero genre sucked period. Last year was really bad for that genre in terms of quality.
But what we decided in the end was that Michelle Pfeiffer was the last woman to come off good in a super hero film. And yet, in the same role, Halle Berry came off pretty bad.
So what was the problem?
One thing is Michelle had a better director ("Batman Returns" was directed by Tim Burton). But more importantly, Michelle didn't have to be softened.
She played a nerdy woman who becomes Cat Woman. And this is dealt with early on. Whereas Halle's Cat Woman seemed to forever being pulling punches to seem 'girly.' To the point that she was weak.
Add in that Sharon Stone as a villain for Halle to battle against should have been great but they really didn't give her any powers (Stone). She's like rock due to a beauty cream. Okay. Well find a way to make her formidable as a real villian, like Joker.
Instead it wa as if the last thirty minutes of the film arrived and the director suddenly realized they needed a showy finish.
But what we really agreed on is that the actress has to be like Michelle, not apologizing for being there, striding in like she owns the moment. Confidence is the one word answer of what's been lacking in so many females in super hero movies -- and that includes Jessica Alba in the Fantastic Four films.
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