2:52pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Jessica Chastain on Starring in a Superhero Movie: 'I Don't Want to Be the Girlfriend'
Attention, studios: Jessica Chastain wants to play a superhero — but she wants to play one that actually does the hero stuff herself, instead of waiting around for a man to take care of things.
"I would love to do a superhero movie," the actress told The Guardian while promoting Salome. "A couple of times I've gotten really close," she added (One of those times was Marvel's Iron Man 3, when she was in talks to play Maya Hansen, a role that eventually went to Rebecca Hall when Chastain passed citing scheduling difficulties). "I would have loved to have played Black Widow."
Chastain doesn't just want to play any superhero, however. "The problem is, if I do a superhero movie, I don't want to be the girlfriend," she went on. "I don't want to be the daughter. I want to wear a fucking cool costume with a scar on my face, with fight scenes. That's what I'd love."
This isn't the first time Chastain has spoken about her desire to see women take more prominent roles in superhero movies. Last month, she spoke to The Wrap about her frustration regarding the lack of Black Widow solo movie from Marvel, calling the idea a "no-brainer" and wondering, "I don't understand it — why is it taking so long for this?" (Of course, Marvel's slowness in putting the spotlight on its female characters is hardly a secret these days.)
If Warners is looking to make any of its nine mystery DC movies center around one of the publisher's female heroes, however, casting might have just become a little bit easier. Thanks to Interstellar, she already has an in with Dark Knight director and Man of Steel executive producer Christopher Nolan; it's almost as if the dots are almost ready to be joined. There's no facial scar, but Jessica Chastain is Kate Kane, anyone ... ?