Cinematic Superheroines: Monica Olsen’s “The Unknowns” Heading for Big Screen

Brett Ratner has bought the film rights to the comic book about an elite band of killers.

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Brett Ratner has bought the film rights to the comic book <i>The Unknowns</i>, about Alexis Davenport, a woman who one day realizes she was the leader of an elite squad of killers. The comic was created by Mark A. Altman (<i>DOA: Dead Or Alive</i>), Steve Kriozere (<i>NCIS</i>) and Monica Olsen, above, who also served as the model for Alexis.
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Briton Alice Eve, star of <i>She's Out of My League</i> and <i>Sex and The City 2</i> will star in the upcoming film <i>X-Men: First Class</i> as Emma Frost.
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Joining Eve in <i>X-Men: First Class</i> will be <i>Winter's Bone</i> star Jennifer Lawrence, who is taking over the role of the shape-shifter Mystique, previously played by Rebbecca Romijn.
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Emma Frost was previously portrayed by Tahyna Tozzi 2009's <i>X-Men Origins: Wolverine</i> alongside Lynn Collins as Silverfox. When Frost first appeared on the X-Men's scene, she was known as the White Queen and was among their most dangerous foes.
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Jaimie Alexander will play the Asgardian warrior Sif and compete with Natalie Portman for the Norse god of Thunder's affections in 2011's <i>Thor</i><br>.
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Scarlett Johansson made her first appearance as Black Widow in this years <i>Iron Man 2</i> and will be back next year for more action in <i>Captain America: The First Avenger</i>.
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Carla Gugino starred as Sally Jupiter, the original Silk Specter in <i>Watchmen</i>, while her daughter was played by...
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Malin Akerman, who played Laurie Jupiter, the woman who took up her mother's mantle as the Silk Spectre.
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Charlize Theron starred in <i>Hancock</i> alongside Will Smith and Jason Bateman, as Mary Embrey, a super-powered immortal who tries to leave her past behind and live a quiet anonymous life in the suburbs.
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Ellen Page joined the ranks of the X-Men for <i>The Last Stand</i> in 2006, a serious letdown following the first two films of the series, but her career has recovered nicely.
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Uma Thurman played G-Girl, a who developed powers after being exposed to a meteorite as a teenager, in <i>My Super Ex-Girlfriend</i>. It was not a terribly good film.
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Before spinning off into her own feature, 2005's <i>Elektra</i>, Jennifer Garner played the part opposite future husband Ben Affleck in <i>Daredevil</i>. Both heroes could use a reboot.
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Halle Berry parlayed her Oscar-winning performance in <i>Monster's Ball</i> into a the Golden Raspberry-winning title role in <i>Catwoman</i>. To her credit, Berry excepted her award in person, saying "First of all, I want to thank Warner Brothers. Thank you for putting me in a piece of s***, God-awful movie . . . It was just what my career needed."
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Peta Wilson was a member of <i>The League of Extraordinary Gentleman</I>, playing the chemist and immortal vampire Mina Harker.
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The superhero movie took a great leap forward artisitcally and commerically in 2000 with the release of <i>X-Men,</i> which starred Anna Paquin as Rogue, Halle Berry as Sotrm and Famke Janssen and Jean Grey.
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Alicia Silverstone had some mighty big shoes to fill as Batgirl in <i>Batman & Robin</i>, a film so bad that it paved the way for Chris Nolan to reboot the franchise.
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Helen Slater starred in <i>Supergirl</i>, an ill-fated attempt to attract women to the theater. It would be more than a decade before another female superhero would hit the silver screen.
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