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Olivia Wilde Disappointed in Female Superheroes, Says They Lack Complexity

Olivia Wilde dished recently about superheroes. No, the Meadowland star isn’t thinking of donning a cape and fighting crime. Instead, she discussed with Cinema Blend what she feels is lacking in...
Olivia Wilde Disappointed in Female Superheroes, Says They Lack Complexity
Written by Kimberly Ripley
  • Olivia Wilde dished recently about superheroes. No, the Meadowland star isn’t thinking of donning a cape and fighting crime. Instead, she discussed with Cinema Blend what she feels is lacking in today’s female superheroes–and you just might like what she said.

    “I’m a big fan of superhero films, and I have so much respect for the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” she esaid. “The thing with female superheroes is that, in order to be powerful, they are flawless. The idea of kick-a** power lacks a certain nuance, at times. There is something to be said for a female director working to create a female superhero that perhaps [has] a little more complexity.”

    Olivia Wilde went on to point out some of the flaws with today’s female superheroes, as well as changes that might help portray them in a more positive light.

    “Marvel has been so smart about casting unexpected people for these roles. Look at what Robert Downey brought to Iron Man,” she said. “A real, dry sense of humor and a complexity to his hero balance.”

    “I think that’s the way these Marvel heroes are written, the female superheroes included, do have complexity and flaws. But I think when they are translated into film, the women can become these ultimate goddesses of perfection and I would love to create a female Marvel character who is just as unexpected and complex as some of the male characters as Iron Man. I think that would be really cool!” she added.

    Olivia Wilde is gorgeous, but she is so not the goddess of perfection type.

    What’s your take on Olivia Wilde’s thoughts about upping the character ante of female superheroes?

    Maybe there’s a superhero role in Olivia Wilde’s future?

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