From shape-shifting mutant Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) in the X-Men franchise to Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) as members of Marvel’s The Avengers, from Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) in next spring’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (March 25, 2016)– as well as lassoing her own movie in 2017 — to the upcoming Captain Marvel, female superheroes are finally front and center on the big screen.
Now, they may be forming a league of their own with a big-screen reboot of The League of Extraordinary Gentleman (LXG). At the Television Critics Association, producer John Davis said the reboot will be ‘female-centric’, according to Collider.
“I love female characters, point-of-view characters in action movies” Davis stated. “I thought Mad Max[:Fury Road with Charlize Theorn] was great. I think you can always find a fresh way of doing something and going back to the basics.”
For those who have the DVD (like yours truly) or may not even remembered, ‘LXG’ was first released in the summer of 2003: competing against X2: X-Men United and director Ang Lee’s brooding Hulk. Based on the comic book series from Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill, the team consists of legendary adventurer Allan Quartermain (Sean Connery), Dorian Grey (Stuart Townsend), all-American secret agent Tom Sawyer (Shane West) and scientist Mina Harker (Peta Wilson), the bride of Dracula. Together, these literary characters must come together and save the world.
Sadly, ‘LXG’ wasn’t a box office success, and plans for a franchise were shelved. There was also the possibility for a television series back in 2013, but the pilot wasn’t picked up.
With The Avengers as ‘Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’, Wonder Woman set to help ‘UNITE THE SEVEN’ in the big-screen formation of the Justice League, the time may be coming for Mina Harker to take a bite in not only bringing new blood to this genre, but it may also mean the new dawn for a woman such as Mina Harker in leading a new league of heroes: the League of Extraordinary Gentleman.