Olivia Wilde is all about empowering women – especially females of the superhero world.
After a Twitter user suggested that Wilde and her Meadowland director, Reed Morano, take leadership on Marvel’s Captain Marvel giving it a boost of female empowerment, the actress gave her opinion on the subject matter.
“I’m a big fan of superhero films, and I have so much respect for the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” Wilde, 31, said in a recent interview with Cinema Blend. “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.”
Wilde, who stars in the newly released Meadowland, expressed her thoughts on just how female superheroes are being portrayed nowadays – and what needs to change.
“Marvel has been so smart about casting unexpected people for these roles. Look at what Robert Downey brought to Iron Man,” the actress said. “A real, dry sense of humor and a complexity to his hero balance.
She added, “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!”
Morano, having had hands-on experience creating powerful films with strong female roles, shared a similar stance.
“The most interesting characters are the ones who have issues and are flawed individuals,” the director said. “It would be nice to give a real history, to give a real, tangible background to this character.”