Hollywood could soon have its first plus-size female superhero.
The hero is Faith Herbert, a jubilant, comics-and-science-fiction loving geek who also happens to have telekinetic superpowers. Toby Jaffe and Neal Moritz will produce via their Original Film banner with Dan Mintz of DMG Entertainment.
Faith marks a step forward toward making spandex characters more inclusive, since the men are almost always well muscled and the women model thin. Unless she’s redrawn, Faith isn’t that. She made her debut in 1992 as a member of the Harbinger team and her accessibility made her popular enough to get her own comic book series. She is able to fly and has the ability to levitate other objects in her “companion field.” She also doesn’t brood like most superheroes; she’s a pretty effervescent young woman.
The current comic series is written by Jody Houser with artwork by Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage and covers by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic. In this version, Faith moves to Los Angeles, takes on a secret identity as a reporter.
Sony Pictures made a 2015 deal with Valiant Entertainment that already has led to the Dave Wilson-directed Bloodshot, a hoped for franchise launch to star Vin Diesel alongside Baby Driver‘s Eiza Gonzalez, Outlander‘s Sam Heughan and Toby Kebbell. The hero ensemble Harbinger is also on the drawing board. Sony has made superheroes a priority, just setting Jared Leto and director Daniel Espinosa for the Spider-Man universe pic Morbius, with Tom Hardy starring as Venom.
We’re all for inclusion and representation, but in today’s world this film will have to be extra cautious as to not offend anyone — and preferably without Amy Schumer.