- The Washington Times - Friday, June 16, 2017

Inspired in part by the box-office success of “Wonder Woman,” Rachel Talalay — a director for CW network superhero franchises “The Flash” and “Supergirl” and the 1995 box-office flop “Tank Girl” — wants to have a go at a movie project for “She Hulk,” a Marvel superheroine spun off from the Incredible Hulk character in the early 1980s.

“I have such a strong vision of what She-Hulk should be,” Ms. Talalay told Vice.com in a recent interview. “The difference between She-Hulk and Hulk is that she loved being She-Hulk.”

Two decades ago, Ms. Talalay ventured into the comic-book action hero genre with “Tank Girl,” a post-apocalyptic action flick starring Lori Petty as the title character. Largely panned by critics, it garnered a respectable cult following, judging by its 63 percent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

For her part, Ms. Talalay sees parallels between the title characters that she would like to explore as a director.

She Hulk alter ego Jennifer Walters “was the Tank Girl of earlier days in terms of being able to say what she wanted, and when she became She-Hulk, it was like an opening of the door to freedom, to be the person that you wish you could be,” the director told Vice. “That you’re stopped from being as a woman. And that’s the version of She-Hulk that I would love to embrace.”

Rosario Dawson, Elisha Dushku and Aubrey Plaza are three actresses who have previously expressed interest in portraying the She Hulk character, according to ComicBook.com, while Mark Ruffalo — who portrays Bruce Banner/The Hulk in “The Avengers” franchise — has said Zoe Saldana or Emma Stone would be good for the role.

But likely casting doubt on a She Hulk stand-alone movie is Marvel’s mixed success with its Incredible Hulk-centered films. Mr. Ruffalo is the third actor in recent memory to portray the Bruce Banner character after Eric Bana’s 2003 outing in Ang Lee’s widely-panned “Hulk” and Edward Norton’s much better-received 2008 reboot.

For its part, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is set to screen at least one female superhero flick in the comings years with the 2019 release of “Captain Marvel,” starring Brie Larson as the title character.

• Ken Shepherd can be reached at kshepherd@washingtontimes.com.

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