There are have been a few comic book movies that featured female protagonists (Supergirl, Elektra, Catwoman and Tank Girl for example) and they have all been terrible. Why has there never been a good comic book movie with a female protagonists?
Had a thought after my rant, there have been successful TV shows with strong protagonists that happened to be women; Xena, Buffy, Alias. The leads in these could have easily been; Wonder Woman, Spider-girl, or Ms Marvel, but unfortunately it seems the be that some creators think that the superhero genre is so difficult to write/adapt. Look at the running fiasco of some male heroes too, you have producers scrambling to make everything "gritty", then there are creators *coughMarkStevenJohnsoncough* who made R-rates properties into very generic PG-rated movies, hell, one's even on your list of examples.
Look at the successful Comic Movies; they're either extremely faithful (Iron Man, Cap, Blade, Spidey, etc), falls into the creator's realm of expertise/experimentation (Nolan's Bat, First Class, etc), or just caters to the lowest common denominator (X3 the Last Stand, Origins Wolverine, and yes, they were both strangely successful), but there's still a lot of unsuccessful comic book movies, I think they're over thinking it. Alien wasn't amazing because Ridley Scott wrote his Hero as a woman, truth is, he wrote it as a man, then later changed it to a woman. It's the same problem some people have when writing LGBT characters, they're so intent on writing a "Gay Character" when they should be writing a Character who just happens to be gay.
Sorry, rambling. It's just something that's close to my heart, so I tend to get attached to the subject.
i agree with pretty much everything that's been said. I also think that the costumes female super heroes have tend to be and obstacle too. They tend to be very revealing and sexual and don't translate well to live action. That could simply be overcome by changing the costumes, and if the costumes were the only problem, they would have made some good girl-fronted super hero movies by now, but i'm just saying the costumes are a contributing factor.
Agreed completely. Also a lot of it has to do with marketibility. Most producers look at female lead films and don't see much profit to be made so they'll either pass on any good idea that's not straitforward something that's been done before or they'll put their female lead in the background behind a male character in promotion. Look at Alice in Wonderland and the new Snow White movie coming up. Alice emphasized Johnny Depp on everything and Snow White is pretty much all Chris Hemsworth being Thor with an axe in a commercial, it's even called Snow White and the Huntsman (though it does look kind of good).
I disagree, to a point. How many times have we seen people like Sean Connery, Christian Bale, Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Craig, et al. running around shirtless, yet that doesn't demean the heroes they play. While yes, it irritates me that Wonder Woman runs around in a star-spangled swimsuit, I don't think that is what cripples female "Hero" roles in films. It may hurt the "credibility" of a female Hero, but let's be honest, a guy running around in a black rubber body suit and a cape should be on a whole level of ridiculous, yet there have been great Batman movies.