When writing about a female led comic book/superhero movie I purposely missed out the X-Men. The X-Women are so complicated they need their own article. 20th Century Fox currently hold the rights to the X-Men. The film series so far consists of: X-Men (2000), X2 (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), X-Men: First Class (2011), The Wolverine (2013) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). The next film in the series will be X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) followed by an as yet untitled Wolverine sequel (2017). There has also been a suggestion of a spin-off X-Force movie.
The problem is twofold, the X-Men exist as a group or team and work best as such. The second problem, the X-Men haven’t always made best use of their female characters. In the comic books Wolverine has been truly successful as a solo character and in turn is the only one to get a his own movie. The one female character that could hold a film, Psylocke has never been properly introduced. The most notable character that advances have been disappointed with is Storm/Ororo Munroe. Many people blame Halle Berry for her performance, in reality it is more down to the writing.
Raven Darkholme / Mystique could be the answer. Always an interesting character in the first three movies played by Rebecca Romijn, replaced by Jennifer Lawrence for the prequel movies, First Class and Days of Future Past, star power has been added to the mix. I suggested the possibility of a Mystique movie five years ago. I’m would have to be a different story to fit with the existing continuity but could still work.
I mentioned about the idea of an X-Force movie, this could do two things. Continue the old film series with some of the old characters alongside the First Class team. It also gives the chance to introduce unused characters or reintroduced characters that were wasted in The Last Stand such as Psylocke. Elizabeth “Betsy” Braddock/Psylocke first appeared in Captain Britain, vol. 1 #8 in 1976 as a supporting character to her brother Brian Braddock Captain Britain. Originally having precognitive abilities, then later revealed as a telepath, she also gained Jean Grey’s telekinesis ability. She later transferred into the body of female Japanese mutant ninja Kwannon. She gained Kwannon’s skills and elements of her personality. The Character has a lot of millage and could introduced in her Japanese form with an origin story to follow using an English actress.
I don’t see Fox rushing to join the race for a female comic book movie. But like the idea of an X-Force movie.