"Sheena is a punk rocker," sang Joey Ramone in 1977. Back when I first heard the song, I didn't know that Sheena referred to a comic book heroine, but indeed it does: Sheena: Queen of the Jungle. Sheena's certainly always been punk. She was the first female comic book character to have her own title, when Fiction House started publishing the book in 1937. And now, it looks like Sheena is getting a reboot.
Millennium Films just announced that it will be rebooting the Sheena franchise. A cynic might say that Millennium is trying to cash in on the popularity of Wonder Woman at the box office, but this isn't the first time that Sheena has been brought to life on screen. Irish McCalla played Sheena in a 1955 TV series; Tanya Roberts (above) starred in a 1984 film titled Sheena; and a 2000 TV adaptation starred Gena Lee Nolin. And back in May, she got a Dyanmite comics reboot.
The story follows Sheena, an orphan who is raised by a jungle witch doctor, and is able to communicate with wild animals. Sheena eventually meets a hunter who becomes her mate -- and is in constant need of rescuing. Let's see if Hollywood actually allows that to happen.