Rumors have been flying about the possibility of casting a woman as the next Doctor. As out of the ordinary as the choice may seem, we think it's about time the ladies get a chance to play an iconic sci-fi character like the good Time Lord! That got us thinking about some other bold casting choices we'd love to see become a reality. Here are our Top 5 Male Fantasy and Sci-Fi Characters That Would Rock as Women!
Ok, nearly one hundred percent of the time female super-heroes fit into one of two camps: the heart of gold fighter for justice (Wonder Woman), or the icy cool femme-fatale (Catwoman, Black Widow); but how often do we get to see them as indestructible killing machines like Wolverine? It's a character that's just dripping with machismo and primitive, animal instinct—basically the polar opposite to the traits we've come to expect in female superheroes. Flipping this character's gender would also make a significant shift in the dynamics of the X-Men as well. With the exception arguably of Storm, the females within the X-Men play into many basic feminine stereotypes, often naive (Kitty Pryde), victimized (Rogue), or a fool for love (Jean Grey). Wolverine as a female would not only defy those traditions but would also tip the overall male/female scales to the ladies side, a first within the comics history.
2. Optimus Prime
Seriously now, how on Earth have the Transformers movies been able to go three entire films without even introducing one freaking female robot character? Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that Michael Bay isn't exactly known as a trailblazer in the world of feminism. That aside, think of what a giant leap forward this would be for female robots everywhere. In terms of role models, pretty much all they have had to look up to is that T-X robot predator from Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and she was a villain! If Optimus went female we'd get to see the nurturing side of Optimus and Shia Labeouf could finally get some decent relationship advice from a robot with a meaningful perspective. The one downside is that we've all grown so accustomed to Peter Cullen's voice as Optimus so they'd have to get a heavy hitter in the role. Helen Mirren? Judy Dench? Helena Bonham Carter? Brits just seem like the way to go with this one.
To the credit of the directing duo the Wachowskis, The Matrix Trilogy does offer several strong female characters as well as a world in which woman aren't always the typical, defenseless, in need of a man to save them cliche characters we've come to expect from Hollywood. That being said it would be pretty freaking sweet to see a continuation of the Matrix saga with either a female Neo or a new chosen one with double X chromosomes. And hey, let's face it, if there's anyone in Hollywood capable of switching the sex of a notable, action movie protagonist it's the Wachowski's.
4. Boba Fett
It has certainly been argued that George Lucas squandered the potential of his tepidly received prequels to the Star Wars saga. If Lucas had made more bold choices though, like revealing the series' mysterious bounty hunter Boba Fett to be a female, he may have delivered a product that might have won over the majority of his fans. The beauty in this is that Fett's identity is concealed through out episodes IV though VI so in theory this could have worked. It was kind of a let down to learn in the prequels that Bobba Fett was an ordinary looking human being and not some exotic alien, or at least a hideously deformed human. Making Fett a female would have been a total surprise that shed new light on the originals.
5. The Punisher
Think about it, a female Punisher would stand in stark opposition to every gender stereotype known to man. Casting a female in the role of this dark, mentally disturbed anti-hero would literally blow all myths that the ladies can't kick butt to smithereens. The original Punisher was a man driven to acts of vigilanteism by witnessing the toll criminals took on the streets of New York. It would definitely lend a unique irony to character to have this vigilante be a woman. Let's be honest too: casting Dolph Lundgren, Thomas Jane, and Ray Stevenson as the Punisher didn't really work out all that well. Step aside dudes, time to hand over your guns to the ladies.