They say behind every great man is a great woman. While we AfterEllen.commers might take issue with that first gender, the saying definitely holds true in the to big-budget superhero movies coming soon to a theater near you. In fact, USA Today recently interviewed the trio of Gwyneth Paltrow, Liv Tyler and Maggie Gyllenhaal, or — as I like to call them — the supergirlfriends of summer.
All three actors are more known for their dramatic or independent film work, and all three are now stepping into mainstream comic book movie heroine roles. They’re the superheroes’ girlfriends/potential love interests: Gwyneth as Pepper Potts in Iron Man, Liv as Betty Ross in The Incredible Hulk, and Maggie as Rachel Dawes in The Dark Knight.
Now, I could go on and on about how nice it would be if they were the superheroes themselves instead of just the girlfriends. But, as the actors will attest, at least these ladies aren’t the placid girlfriends of yore. As Liv said:
But while the women have changed, the film sets have not. The trio said they were surrounded my men throughout their shoots. As Gwyneth said:
Superhero movie as microcosm for the society at large? Who’d have guessed it. All three women said ultimately it was their films’ scripts that got them to agree to be superhero squeezes. Though Gwyneth, again, admitted that it wasn’t all Shakespeare.
You mean this button, Gwyn?
The ladies also discussed what superpowers they’d like to have (breathing underwater for Liv and flying for Maggie and Gwyn, though the latter confessed to possibly wanting invisibility and/or X-ray vision for naughtier reasons.) They also discussed what superhero each should be. That discussion needs to be read in full to be truly appreciated.
Three straight, married women swooning over Michelle Pfeiffer in skin-tight leather? I approve.
So, does this summer’s trend of putting established dramatic actors in these roles make you more or less likely to see these films? And do you think it’s a wise choice for these women to pick these movies as their foray into more mainstream fare? Finally, if it works out, should the saying be changed to behind every great superhero is a great supergirlfriend?