Ever since fans posted photos of Ronda Rousey online as Captain Marvel, the UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion has been very vocal about her desire to play the first female Marvel super hero to headline her own film.
No casting decisions have yet been made for the movie, which is set to be released in 2018, supporters of Rousey as Captain Marvel say she would bring a realistic look and, more importantly, a different kind of body image for young girls to look at in Hollywood.
Although we think Rousey would make a cool live-action Captain Marvel, here are other female heroes from the comic book world whom we think can also help the mixed martial artist diversify the body image of women seen on the big screen.
Red Sonja was last seen on the big screen in 1985. She was played by actress Brigitte Nielsen and kept Arnold Schwarzenegger on his toes in medieval fantasy sword combat. Although the character may be criticized by feminists for being overly sexualized for her skimpy bikini costumes, we already know that Rousey can also rock a bikini (or even less) from her numerous photo shoots.
According to the comic's current writer, Gail Simone, Sonja is a woman who all women can look up to. "[She] does what she wants, says what she wants, and if you give her any shit, it's entirely possible she'll slay you and your best friend and your best friend's cat," she said.
Certainly sounds a lot like Rousey to us.
Sure, Chris Helmsworth is already Thor on the big screen. But in the comic book universe, the one who wields Mjölnir is no longer the son of Odin but a woman. And she isn't a substitute She-Thor or Thor Girl either. She was honest to goodness Thor and her true identity was not revealed until later issues.
If anyone can fill in Helmsworth's shoes and long, golden blonde locks, it's got to be Ronda Rousey.
Wonder Woman is already coming to the big screen with a standalone movie in 2017. Gal Gaddot will make her first appearance as the DC super heroine in the upcoming "Batman vs. Superman."But another DC character worthy of her own film is Big Barda, a badass warrior trained on Apokolips and became a soldier for the Female Furies. She became a member of the Justice League and was known to spar with Wonder Woman.
We already know that Ronda Rousey can knock out an opponent faster than an Instagram video. We'd love to see how she'd fare as Big Barda against Wonder Woman.
Sure, Buffy was a teenage cheerleader (who happened to be the Chosen One to rid the world of vampires), and cheerleaders don't exactly change the status quo in terms of body image, but stay with us here.
What if, years after graduating from Sunnydale High, Buffy and her friends (endearingly referred to by fans as the Scooby Gang) continued their vampire and monster slaying escapades. Without the need to keep a slim cheerleader physique as a cover, and nothing but training and slayer duties to perform, it's not too far a stretch of the imagination that Buffy Summers the vampire slaying cheerleader would grow up to be a more buffed-up Buffy the-blood-suckers-better-not-mess-with-me road warrior.
A possible Marvel She-Hulk movie has already been steeped in controversy. After DC movie screenwriters Craig Mazin and David Goyer called her "a green porn star" who was just a plaything for The Hulk, comic book fans cried foul and have ever since demanded that she be given justice with a movie of her own.
Aside from being completely derogatory to women, as many have criticized, the ill-informed screenwriters also failed to acknowledge She-Hulk's history. She has the ability to control her green transformation, unlike Bruce Banner who must consciously tap into his Zen in order to keep his beast at bay. When she's not battling with bad guys with her fists and strength, she is a lawyer battling it out in the courtroom with her intelligence and wits.
That doesn't sound like a porn star to us.
Whether or not Rousey is able to win the coveted role of Captain Marvel, we do hope that some of these other super heroes will get their time to shine on the big screen.