In a recent article on Blastr
, it was revealed that Joss Whedon plans to introduce a new character to the mix for his next Avengers film in three years time. His choice? The Wasp! Yes, a female possessed of grace, beauty, smarts, and the ability to fly. And she is unbelievably tough and represents a walking contradiction because she is both tough and effective while being fragile and delicate. How could she not and still be a Whedon heroine? And who do we want to see play this role? Summer Glau!
OK, so we know that Summer can move gracefully. She can dance and she can do high wire acrobatics as we saw recently in The Cape
. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder but she was able to fool John Connor in the Terminator : The Sarah Connor Chronicles
(TSCC) pilot and her legions of fans all trip over each other for the latest photo. She is unbelievably popular as a subject for animated gifs and video mashups. And if there were any lingering doubts, her recent appearance at the Dizzy Feet Foundation gala
resulted in the Hollywood fashionistas falling over themselves to sing her praises.
Smarts? She currently plays Skylar in the series Alphas on Syfy, a genius able to build anything out of a few spare parts. And anyone who has heard her speak at cons knows that she is articulate and that she is devoted to her art (and her fans).
Flying? Well as an accomplished actress, she soars at times but actual flying we will have to leave to the special effects people. We all know, however, that Summer is able to perform very tough and demanding stunts, using her skills as a dancer and her natural athleticism to bring incredible realism to her roles. Summer has played some of Whedon’s most deadly, complicated, and vulnerable female characters.
There is one possible obstacle to this casting and it is that Summer, in the eyes of some (we call them the blind), she is not seen as an A list talent. We beg to differ. Summer as Cameron was the most interesting and impressive thing about TSCC. One of the supporting cast members that played opposite her was Leven Rambin (Riley) who had a part in the recent hit The Hunger Games. Rambin’s success is well deserved and she is currently filming three movies this year alone.
So why can’t this be the break out role for Summer rather than one of the break-our-hearts roles in which, because of cancellations, network fickleness, and bad timing, we only got a taste of the great talent that Summer is (TSCC: 'Allison from Palmdale'
anyone?). Joss, please welcome Summer into this franchise. For her sake, for her fans’ sake, and for all the many people who have yet to see her but will surely love her, Summer Glau deserves to be The Wasp.
Alex and I teamed up to write this news.