If you read a lot of movie blogs, chances are that you’ve seen plenty of suggestions about this week’s top rumor, the question of who should play The Black Cat in Spider-Man 4. You can throw all of those suggestions out the window. Because as you know, it isn’t worth reading until we weigh in on the topic. And with that, I would like to suggest our own list of ladies who should be wearing tight outfits and sneaking into NYC banks.
Initially the rumor was that Wedding Crashers starlet Rachel McAdams would be slipping on a tight cat burglar outfit and playing Felicia Hardy — the noble, sweet and oh-so-dangerous villainess who once captured the heart of Spider-man. But that was squashed as an “internet rumor.” As well, there has also been word that Julia Stiles has read for the part. But nothing is certain for director Sam Raimi, as he gears up for production on this fourth Spider-Man flick, which is set to shoot early next year. But never fear, Mr. Raimi. Once again, the Rejects are here for you — and we have a few suggestions. Also, we have a few ladies of Hollywood we’d like to see you stay away from — far away.
Five Actresses Who Should Play The Black Cat
CAREY MULLIGAN: This sweet, cute lady would fit right into the Spider-man universe. She’s got that innocent look that fits in with the lighter tone of this franchise, and the acting chops to give the character a bit of depth. On top of that, she’s about to become the next major ‘It’ girl in Hollywood, which leads me to believe that she’ll be due to get into a higher profile project. And what better way to go high profile than to swing into a major comic book franchise?
ZIYI ZHANG: I am aware that The Black Cat is a cute, blonde, all-American white girl, but that doesn’t mean the role can’t be delivered with a bit of diversity. We’ve seen Ziyi Zhang in all kinds of American films, including Memoirs of a Geisha and Rush Hour 2, but we’ve yet to see her really settle into something on this side of the big ocean that shows off her graceful, acrobatic nature. Remember, The Black Cat is an agile cat burglar — and Zhang could deliver such agility and grace in a way that is unlike that of her American counterparts.
EMILY BLUNT: Ever since the lovely Ms. Blunt was rumored to be playing Black Widow in Iron Man 2, we’ve been itching to see her in a major superhero film. She’s got the charisma and the physical prowess to pull off such a role, and The Black Cat is a similar kind of character. That, and we do love that cute British accent of hers. Who says that Felicia Hardy has to be an American dame? I know, purists. Get over it — we want someone who can take the character to a level beyond that of being a sexy girl in tight clothes. Remember, Hardy is a troubled, lonely soul who has had a really hard life that’s driven her to become a cat burglar. We need an actress with some chops.
JANUARY JONES: Much like Carey Mulligan, who I mentioned above, January Jones is one of those actresses on the verge. She’s attained a relatively high level of stardom with just one major role — that of Betty Draper on Mad Men — and hasn’t yet done anything in the world of cinema that has made us stop and say “wow, she’s a major star.” So we think that she’d be worth a shot as The Black Cat. She’s got the look and she really needs to do something fun before we are completely convinced that she’s as drab and stoic as Mrs. Draper.
MILA KUNIS: Yet again, I pick an actress who is (a) not blonde and (b) doesn’t fit into that sexy, all-American girl stereotype. But remember, the casting of a role like this one should be all about personality — something that Ms. Kunis has in droves. The character of the Black Cat is a conflicted, tormented girl who is also devious and sexy. She isn’t all bad, but she isn’t all good either. And based on all of her previous work, I’d say that Mila could very well pull off that range of performance.
Three Actresses Who Should NOT Play The Black Cat
HAYDEN PANETIERRE: Casting an actress like this young Heroes star would be the equivalent of carrying over the “Jazz Club” scene from Spider-Man 3. We’ve seen nothing from her yet that tells us that she’s anything more than a surface-level star who, while cute, cannot bring any depth to her characters. And one thing that I seem to be mentioning over and over for The Black Cat is depth. This character is not a one-note character, but Ms. Panetierre is a one-note kind of actress.
MEGAN FOX: Sure, Megan Fox has a nice body (if you’re into objectifying women on a very base level, that is). And she seems to be the new go-to girl for big Hollywood blockbusters. But I see two glaring problems with even the thought of her in a Spider-Man movie. One, she’s a terribly stale actress. Unable to deliver emotion or anything resembling range. Two, she’s not a cute person. This is a franchise that tows the line between badass superhero movie and cute family fun. There’s nothing cute, or family friendly about Megan Fox. Which works in a movie like Jennifer’s Body, but not even remotely in a movie like this.
KRISTEN STEWART: Later this week, when New Moon hits theaters, Ms. Stewart is about to once again get a major injection of popularity into her career. And she’s done well to make a name for herself as the brooding, depressed girl next door. None of that translates to being a fun, dangerous vixen in a superhero flick. Sure, if The Black Cat is going to be a sad person who plays with her hair a lot and cries over Peter Parker, maybe. But that’s not this character. And I’d be disappointed if Kristen’s popularity translated into being considered for such a role.
So there you have it — a few simple suggestions from us to Sam Raimi. From where I’m sitting, there’s no reason why Raimi and crew can’t think outside the box on this one and cast someone we wouldn’t expect — just as long as they don’t go the predictable route and pick up someone who can’t bring anything to the character.
Who do you think should play The Black Cat in Spider-Man 4?