In case you haven't heard the news, Warner Bros. has officially tapped A Wrinkle in Time director, Ava DuVernay, to direct their latest project from DC Comics. DuVernay has been handed the keys to The New Gods, a film which will be based on the characters from Jack Kirby's Fourth World comics.
There are a whole bunch of New Gods that could end up at the center of this film, which could take place at any point before, during or after the events of last fall's Justice League. But while there's a chance for this to be about Orion or Mister Miracle or any other Fourth World character, here at Fangrrls you better believe the only name we're considering is Big Barda.
And why not? DuVernay has already named the hero as her personal favorite, making her a unique fit. Plus, as the leader of the Female Furies and an underrated hero in DC's canon, Barda is easily one of the most interesting characters DC could choose to headline a new film. She's got plenty of backstory ripe for the adapting and her marriage to Scott Free, aka Mister Miracle, is a relationship unlike any we've seen in a superhero film to date.
But who should fill Barda's considerable boots (and amazing headdress)? We've got some thoughts. Check out some of our picks below, and tell us who you'd like to see in the comments below.
Within about five minutes of The New Gods movie announcement, dozens of people jumped at the chance to suggest Gina Torres for the role. And who could blame them? Torres has experience playing all sides of the dramatic coin. She can be menacing, ass-kicking, affectionate, and downright deadly. Plus, as Zoe Washburne in Firefly, she played a badass warrior in an unbelievably adorable relationship with her husband, and that's pretty much exactly how I would define Big Barda.
Amara La Negra
Amara La Negra may not be a household name yet, but she's been making waves in the entertainment industry for years. The 27-year-old singer currently appears on the reality show Love and Hip-Hop and made a big splash at this year's SXSW Festival. If she's looking to make the jump to the big screen, then perhaps Barda offers the perfect opportunity. Her larger than life personality, outspokenness about her love for her heritage, and her bold style prove she's got the chops to land among the New Gods, and she could definitely rock Barda's brightly colored armor.
Sure, Aisha Tyler hasn't done much action heroing over her career, but she's had plenty of experience playing characters in positions of authority. Add the fact that she's one of the few actresses in Hollywood who hits the 6-foot marker, her commanding personality, and her immense geek cred, and you've gotta admit, she's an appealing possibility.
If you want someone physically imposing, perhaps it's best just to head to the source of some of the most intimidating women on the planet: Mixed Martial Arts. Rachael Ostovich may be small, but she's a fierce fighter. Ostovich is currently fighting in Invicta and has also appeared in UFC and she wouldn't be the first woman to make the jump from the ring to the silver screen. Plus, she gets major points for fighting in a Wonder Woman costume. Diana is spoken for, but can we interest you in a Mega Rod?
Tall, bursting with personality, and definitely the kind of person who seems like they'd be kind right up to the point where you threaten her or someone she cares about, Laverne Cox is a less traditional, but no less interesting, choice for Barda than any other actress on this list. We know she has star power, and with Hollywood's track record for providing opportunities for trans actresses (spoiler: they pretty much suck at it), casting Cox would be a huge step forward.
If you're a fan of SYFY's The Expanse then I shouldn't have to explain this one. If not then first, go watch it, and second, allow me to introduce you to Frankie Adams, the New Zealand-born, nearly 6-foot-tall former boxer who plays Martian military hero, Bobbie Draper. If you're looking for someone who can play both sides of Barda's personality, Adams has it in spades, and while she's an incredibly fun person in reality, there's no one more physically imposing in The Expanse's cast than our girl Frankie.
Another Kiwi fighter, Genah Fabian definitely has Big Barda's look DOWN. She's 5'11" tall and made of pretty much nothing but muscle, and for good reason. She's a championship fighter and definitely not a woman you would want to meet in hand-to-hand combat ... or in battle on the planet Apokalips. With her devotion to her Muay Thai training, you can bet she'd be able to bring Barda's military intensity to the big screen.
Okay, hear me out. I know that up until this point I was going for a certain physicality. Namely, I was looking for someone tall and at 5' 3", Gina Rodriguez has probably never been accused of possessing great height. And sure, when you're looking for a badass, maybe you don't immediately think of the star of The CW's Jane the Virgin, but have you seen Annihilation? She's got the intensity to pull this off. And as for the height? Well, Ava DuVernay did just make an entire movie with a literal giant Oprah. We can make one actress a few inches taller.
Another excellent choice from the world of television is Aisha Hinds, who you might know from all your favorite shows. She's made turns in True Blood, The Shield, and Under the Dome, among many others, and in every role commands respect from those around her. That almost regal air coupled with her colorful personal style is perfect for the woman charged with leading Darkseid's Female Furies, the fiercest team of warriors in the Fourth World.
A veteran of our TV screens, especially those of us who enjoy sci-fi and fantasy, Madeleine Mantock has been busy the last few years. She's appeared in shows like The Tomorrow People and Into the Badlands, as well as the film Edge of Tomorrow with Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Most recently she was cast as the oldest sister in The CW's reboot of Charmed. Her star is definitely on the rise and she's obviously got a taste for action and supernatural drama. Warner Bros. would be smart to snatch her up before Marvel inevitably does.