Women are slowly gaining ground when it comes to positive representation in movies, comics, and TV. Today, there's news that big-budget superhero movies are about to get more body diverse, too — Deadline reports that Sony Pictures is moving forward with an adaptation of Valiant Comics superhero story "Faith."
"Faith" will be the first ever plus-size superheroine to get her own movie. Yes! If you're not caught up on the comics, here's what you should know about Faith.
Far from being a brooding or tortured hero, Faith is bubbly and positive.
She’s out on her own as an adult for the first time in a new city, trying to make her mark on the world as a person and as a superhero.
And Faith's powers are pretty cool! She has psychic powers, and can fly — as well as utilize something called a "companion field"
"She’s what is called a “psiot,” so her powers are psychically based. In the previous Valiant series “Harbinger,” her powers were unlocked by a fellow psiot named Peter Stanchek. She joined up with Peter and a group of other teenage psiots, who called themselves the Renegades, who fought to bring down the corporations that were trying to manipulate the psiots for their own purposes."
Faith is a very popular character in the comic world, because she represents something that a lot of people haven't seen before — a plus-size superhero who is happy, capable, and bad ass!
Making a movie that stars a plus-size female hero is a crucial step towards making the superhero genre more inclusive — and that's amazing.
The "Faith" movie doesn't yet have a release date, but we'll update you when it does.