Faith Herbert, aka Zephyr, from Valiant Comics is coming to the silver screen. Zephyr is a plus-sized superheroine and she will soon be the focus of a Sony movie.
Comic book women have a tendency to be drawn as realistically as a Barbie doll. Their bosoms are large, their waists are skinny, and their weight is unhealthily low for their height. As for their costumes, more attention is given to attracting male readers than providing protection. Zephyr is an exception to that rule. She is beyond pleasantly plump; she is downright fat. Her costume is modest and practical.
Faith Herbert was created by Jim Shooter and David Lapham in 1992. She is herself an avid science fiction and comic book fan, and has deliberately followed superhero tropes in her own life. She is capable of self-propelled flight and various aerokinetic abilities (similar but not identical to telekinesis). She is a member of the Renegades, a group of metahumans called Harbingers or psiots. Faith now has her own comic book, written by Jody Houser, and illustrated by Marguerite Sauvage and Francis Portela, with cover art by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic.
Hollywood has a long history of fat shaming. Will Faith Herbert be treated with the respect she deserves or will she be made the butt of jokes as in Shallow Hal and I Feel Pretty? Or will Sony change the character, make her svelte instead of large?
The script will be written by Maria Melnick, who has written for the TV shows American Gods, Counterpart, and Black Sails. She also revised the script for The Maze (aka The Escape Room), which will be released in February 2019.
Variety reported that Neal Moritz, Toby Jaffe and Dan Mintz will be producing the movie for Sony Pictures. There is no word yet who the director will be, but several fans (including this reporter) hope that Sony will hire a female director. Ava DuVernay was the first female African-American director to gross over $100,000,000 at the box office. Patty Jenkins, the director of Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman 1984, proved that a woman could direct a superhero movie as well as a man. Mimi Leder directed Deep Impact, Human Target, and Almost Human; she could handle a superhero film. Brenda Chapman, the co-director of Brave and The Prince of Egypt, is worth considering. Academy Award winning actress Angelina Jolie has directed six films now, and there’s no reason Faith couldn’t be her seventh.
Not to be sexist, but Faith is a movie that might benefit from a woman’s hands on the wheel.
Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as short stories in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress #30”, “Supernatural Colorado”, “Barbarian Crowns”, “Cat Tails””Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on SCIFI.radio’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions, Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.