Wonder Woman Who? 'Dazzler' Will Be The Superheroine Movie To Beat

June 04, 2015

DANCING QUEEN. Originally planned to look like Grace Jones, Dazzler ended up taking after ABBA.

With DC Entertainment and Marvel Studios readying their movie adaptations of Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel, it won't be long before 20th Century Fox gives them tit for tat.

It's really simple. Fox can choose to mope over its self-induced confinement in Marvel Comics' mutant universe, or appreciate its lot for the vast movie-making cache that it really is. 

For every Wonder Woman, there's a Phoenix-endowed Jean Grey prepared to roast her alive. 

For every Captain Marvel, there's a goddess-like Selene willing and able to suck the spiritual viscera out of her. 

Storm. Psylocke. Emma Frost. Rogue. All great mutants. All ready to dash Ike Perlmutter's sexist confirmation bias. Fox can even go the road less trodden and bring to the big screen someone relatively unknown, someone underutilized. Someone who was supposed to have a movie that for some reason was shelved. Someone perhaps like...Dazzler? 

I LOVE ROCK 'N' ROLL. Alison Blaire is more Joan Jett than Britney Spears in the Earth-1610 reality.

As you may know, Dazzler a.k.a. Alison Blaire is Marvel's Madonna, the mutant Queen of Pop. (Incidentally, Madonna had her own comic book.) She was literally born for the concert stage. She is a walking light show, able to convert sonic vibrations into various forms of light, ranging from blinding strobes to lethal laser beams. 

Sired on the pages of The Uncanny X-Men, Dazzler was jointly conceived by Marvel and Casablanca Records with the ultimate goal of a movie tie-in, with no less than Bo Derek in the lead role. Marvel EIC Jim Shooter even proposed a treatment that cast Casablanca stablemates Cher and Donna Summer as the bickering Witch Queen and Queen of Fire. 

Olivia Newton-John? Sheena Easton? Nah, it's Alison Blaire.

That film could have been the diva showdown for the ages. Dazzler was nonetheless given her own series, which lasted from 1981 through 1985. She did pop up for a one-shot in 2010, presumably at the height of the Lady Gaga mania.

Now the (pop) stars have aligned to bring a Dazzler movie closer to fruition. Think about it. Pop culture has never been more female-centric, with the likes of Ariana Grande, Beyoncé, Iggy Azalea, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift occupying the charts. 

It's not only in Billboard; it's also in Box Office Mojo. Music-heavy movies like Frozen and Pitch Perfect have become the stuff of blockbusters. Even Jennifer Lawrence was persuaded to sing in The Hunger Games.

So let the caged bird sing, Fox. If you can't, then at least give her the Super Bowl halftime show of a lifetime. She'll provide the spotlight, don't worry.


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