Comic books excel at giving geeks fantasies. Mostly involving superpowers. And almost as often involving hot chicks with superpowers. The cinema industry has been using attraction for ages when it comes to movies, so, when comic book movies started becoming mainstream, it was only natural they’d tap into that fantasy pool when it comes to hot fictional barely clothed women. So let’s have a look at what drooling material it offered us so far and how it compares to the original.
Maybe not the best way to start the list considering Batman&Robin is full on camp and quite nauseating. But Alicia Silverstone was hot stuff at the time, she was exactly what you’d call a vixen. Sadly, there’s little of that in the movie as she’s relegated to being a minor underdeveloped character, and the suit doesn’t help at all. The comic book version doesn’t need rubber suits with nipples to fight crime.
Catwoman – Michelle Pfeiffer
The first Batman movie presented us with Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman. Michelle was (I would say she still is, despite the age) sultry, attractive and yet a departure from previous portrayals on TV (Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt). As far as the comic book goes, this was a lot closer(both in aspect and in style) than Halle Berry’s Catwoman.
One of the earliest comic book inspired renditions of a tight clothed character, Barb Wire wasn’t too true to it’s source. Betting on an extremely popular Pamela Anderson and her cleavage, the film was not a huge success (to put it kindly). Pamela had the look, but had little of the attitude that defined comic book character (let’s say she wasn’t chosen for her acting skills).
Wanted’s Fox was half action heroine, half object of desire. Angelina was far from the original portrayal of the character(no costume with fox ears, also white), but she put on her smooth persona, and displayed some cool. The original was more Halle Berry than Angelina (and a Bond style Berry might have handled the character better), but then again who would bet on Halle after the next item on the list happened?
Catwoman – Halle Berry
The one question on my mind after seeing this ridiculous attempt at a spin-off was “How can you go from Monster’s Ball to this?”. The costume was sexy, yet Halle seemed less attractive than in better movies when she had more clothes on. Not content with changing the aspect they went on to turning this classic villain to a do-gooder.
To be honest, Elektra is a minor Marvel character. The fact that, after Daredevil bombed, the spin-off came together is all thanks to the charms of Jennifer Garner. Coming hot off the heels of Alias, and a romance with Ben Affleck,
the action heroine managed to be the one good thing about both movies. As far as staying true to the original, Garner does put on a red outfit, and she’s an assassin in both, but that’s about it.
Silk Spectre II
Well, when it comes to honoring the original, no one does it better than Zack Snyder, and Malin Ackerman is as close to the character in looks and mannerisms as you can get (though she is a bit, just a bit, younger). An she looks gorgeous in the black/yellow suit. Notable mention: Silk Spectre I – Carla Gugino (I always like when Carla shows how sexy she is).
As portrayed by Scarlett Johansson in Iron Man 2. Though the character has seen two incarnations, the movie went with the original redhead, Natasha Romanoff while at the same time acknowledging the existence of the second, by having the blonde Scarlett (predestined name?) play her. As with all minor Marvel characters, she might make more appearances as the franchises grow.
Not exactly my first choice for playing a blonde older sister to a hot headed Johnny Storm, but Jessica Alba is always a treat for the eyes. We’ll refrain from commenting on her acting skills, her dyed hair, or any suppositions about how a Sue Storm – Reed Richards night in bed might go about. Honorable mention: Jessica Alba’s character in Sin City – less acting required, more sultry dancing.
Frank Miller’s The Spirit might not be a great movie, but it has two good things going for it: Eva Mendes and Scarlett Johansson in fantasy role-playing attire. Eva Mendes is Sand Saref as far as femme fatales go, even if the original wasn’t a latina.