Deadline is reporting that Sony has hired Lisa Jay Nolan to write a movie featuring a Marvel superheroine that will tie into their Amazing Spider-Man movie franchise. This marks the first sort of concrete report that some studio is planning on finally making a female superhero film that takes advantage of the current "let's make not bad superhero movies" trend in Hollywood.
While Sony has reportedly been disappointed with Amazing Spider-Man 2's performance, the studio is trudging ahead with plans to build a larger Spider-Man franchise, complete with spinoffs and team-ups similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Other studios such as Fox (X-Men and Fantastic Four) and Warner Brothers (the entire DC universe) also have plans to expand their superhero francises, but this is the first we've heard about a female led film. Deadline declined to report which female superhero the Sony movie would be based around, but Black Cat seems like the obvious choice.
One of the biggest criticisms of the superhero genre is its lack of female superheroes. Marvel has produced ten superhero movies, but have only introduced a grand whopping total of two female superheroes (Black Widow and Gamora) into their movie universe. A third female hero, Scarlet Witch, is due to appear next year. Warner Bros has waffled on making a Wonder Woman movie and/or television series for years now, with two planned Wonder Woman television series having been shelved in the last seven years. Fox is a little better, with numerous female X-Men appearing in their films, but those movies are still Wolverine-centric, with Mystique the only character in their last two X-Men films having anything that resembles significant screen time.
Of course, Hollywood as a whole has long been fearful of action movies starring female protagonists. Many Hollywood insiders have pointed out the poor performance of Elektra and Catwoman as proof that there's no demand for a female superhero films despite the fact that both movies are among the worst movies ever made. Despite the success of female-centric non-shitty films such as Hunger Games, there's still a disparity of female-led films. Even with Scarlet Johanson's Lucy beating out Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Hercules a couple of weeks ago, neither Marvel nor WB have been keen to commit to a female centered superhero film because of reasons.
Personally, I hope that Untitled Female Spider-Man Related Superhero Film succeeds and helps revitalize Sony's Spider-Man movie franchise. Lord knows that SOMEONE needs to recognize there's real demand for a female superhero film, and I hope that they're rewarded with a big fat box office figure.