I don’t know how this has slipped under my radar, but I just saw a commercial for this film:

Checking the Wikipedia page for this film, it’s called an “English-language French superhero film,” with the following premise:

Lucy is set in a world that is run by the mob, street gangs, drug addicts, and corrupt cops. Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), a woman living in Taipei, Taiwan, is forced to work as a drug mule for the mob. The drug implanted in her body inadvertently leaks into her system, changing her into a superhuman, due to accessing much more than the normal 10% of her brain capacity. She can absorb knowledge instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind, and cannot feel pain or other discomforts.

Yep, that sounds like a traditional superhero origin story to me (even if the whole we only use 10% of our brains theory has been widely debunked…but it’s not much more illogical than being bitten by a radioactive spider, so I’ll let that slide). Heck, the only thing that’s missing is a costume.

And the fact that Scarlett Johansson is starring in this is kind of ironic, considering that ever since she appeared in Iron Man 2 there have been a loud contingent of comic-book fans clamoring for a solo Black Widow film. With many suspecting that the lack of movement on that is due to conventional wisdom that female-lead action films don’t sell. This is the same theory that’s been holding up development of a live-action Wonder Woman movie. There’s also been hope for a female Captain Marvel movie. But Hollywood is weird in this regard. Angela Jolie’s SALT (in which she played a spy that’s that all that dissimilar from Black Widow) can gross almost $300 million, the Resident Evil films starring Milla Jovovich (who is basically playing a superhero) can make a bajillion dollars at the box office, not to mention the classic Alien film franchise starring Sigourney Weaver, but all it takes is one Halle Berry Catwoman film or Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch to bomb and Hollywood execs go “See, female action movies don’t sell.”

So this seems like a step in the right direction, especially with director Luc Besson at the helm. I like what I see so far in this, and in the International trailer, so I hope this is good and successful, and possibly lead to a whole new non-Marvel or DC superhero franchise.


LUCY is due in U.S. theaters July 25th


  1. […] As I said when I first heard of this film, the conventional “wisdom” in Hollywood is that “Female Action Movies Don’t Sell.” Despite many examples to the contrary, from the Resident Evil and Hunger Games franchises, to the prominent female leads in the Fast and Furious franchise, to even hit TV series like Buffy, Xena, and Le Femme Nikita, which prove that audiences will watch GOOD female action heroines, Hollywood remains unconvinced, and seems to regard every success of female action films as an aberration. […]


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