Ronda Rousey, Comic Book Hero?
by Steven Biscotti & Joe Grodensky
Ronda Rousey is easily one of the most recognizable of all UFC fighters. Over the past few years, she’s become a household name, a champion athlete, and has appeared in The Expendables 3, Entourage, and Furious 7. Many have shown their outright support for her, especially as we prepare ourselves to watch her fight Holly Holm in UFC 195 this Saturday night. She’s been called “the Michael Jordan of her sport” by Mark Wahlberg, along with receiving praise from the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger to Jada-Pinkett Smith. The “I’m not a do nothing b****” is “expanding the idea of ‘woman’” according to the Gotham alum. It’s a sentiment we all agree on and especially over this past year, which has seen Rousey armbar Cat Zingano in 14 seconds during UFC 184 and demolish Bethe Correia in 34 seconds during UFC 190, it’s not an overstatement to say that she is the greatest athlete of all time.
Ronda Rousey is also, undeniably so, what many would call a geek. She’s proudly admitted her love for comic books and video games, especially Dragon Ball Z and Pokemon. When word first came out that Marvel Studios would be developing a feature film based on their Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) property, many took to the internet to plead with the powers that be to cast Rousey.
Now let’s face it, we’ve all seen the fan art and we all like Ronda. She’s the first woman to interest both sexes in a sport predominantly considered for men’s enjoyment. In fact, it’s no secret that she’s the highest paid UFC fighter/star and after her “DNB” speech was sampled by both Beyonce and Demi Lovato, we could all agree that an athlete of her stature has not been seen since the days of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Michael Jordan. Whether you’re a sports fan or not, you probably like Ronda. And let’s face it, she’s pretty tough.
It’s amazing to consider that a woman with such an intimidating presence and muscular build could be seen as such an iconic figure and sex symbol, especially since it’s so against that status quo of what men and women find attractive. This past summer saw Serena Williams come under fire for her incredible physique and opened up a whole debate on body image and body shaming. The early 90’s saw a rise in the popularity of athletic women, especially women like champion bodybuilders Lenda Murray and Cory Everson. It’s been quite some time since then and it’s only been over the past few years that we’ve seen Dana Linn Bailey become the Arnold of today in which she is beloved by many. It’s a dynamic that Ronda Rousey achieved in possibly greater ways and with her ever-expanding presence in Hollywood, it’s greatly exciting to consider the possible film roles she may have, especially the comic book based ones.
Contributing writer Joe Grodensky and I, both fans of Ronda, have decided to take a look at the top five female super-heroes Ronda Rousey could be cast as.
Stay tuned for our list this Saturday, November 14th on www.whatchareading.com right in time for UFC 195, and if you have any ideas, thoughts, or comments, please feel free to share in the comments below.
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