by Brett White
There's a movie opening up this weekend that I am next level excited for, and it's one that I've been waiting to see for months. It's called "The Heat," and it looks to be the female buddy-cop movie that the world has needed for decades now. The cast is great (Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy? Come on!). Paul Feig, the director, helmed both "Bridesmaids" and "Freaks and Geeks." It was written by Katie Dippold, who served as a staff writer on "Parks and Recreation" after coming up with one of my favorite Upright Citizens Brigade Theater improv teams, Reuben Williams. I'm stoked for this movie.
But I can't write about it on Splash Page, because it's not a comic book movie! But why can't a movie like "The Heat" be a comic book movie? Women are finally starting to get their due in superhero films, with Black Widow, Catwoman, Pepper Potts and Lois Lane stealing every scene they were in. It's time for Hollywood to recognize the need for female-driven films, especially female buddy films. Here are five female hero teams and pairings just begging to be brought to the big screen, "Heat"-style.
Birds Of Prey
This all-female team is one of the rare new ideas from the past two decades to become absolutely integral to a big two comic book company. "Birds of Prey," which sprang forth from a partnership between Oracle (formerly Batgirl) and Black Canary, has expanded its roster to include ass-kickers like Huntress and Lady Blackhawk. The series has amassed an incredibly devoted fanbase thanks to fan-favorite writer Gail Simone's spot-on portrayal of female camaraderie. There's already been a TV series, yeah, but it's time for a movie.