Back in the 90’s there was a large influx of movies based on comic books, including the Jim Carrey-led, Chuck Russell-directed vehicle The Mask. Unlike most comic book movies of that era, The Mask was a wacky screw ball comedy and proved both a critical and financial success. The movie’s success also bolstered Jim Carrey’s acting career.
The Mask was based on the Dark Horse Comics series of the same name, which was created by writer Mike Richardson. Now, 25 years after the film’s release, Richardson is hoping to get a movie reboot of The Mask, but this time Richardson wants to see a woman in the lead. According to Screen Rant, Richardson is already thinking about who he wants to be the star, but has yet to reveal the actress’s name.
Now, before anyone starts complaining about changing a male character into a female one, please consider the fact that the titular Mask has actually been a woman in the comics. Remember that 1994’s The Mask deviated heavily from the original comics and, while the movie may have been a goofy comedy, its source material were a lot darker and violent. In fact, the comic’s version of Carrey’s character Stanley Ipkiss is killed early on, leading to the mask being worn by several different people, including women like his girlfriend Kathy.
Right now a reboot of The Mask is just speculation, but it might be interesting to see a new interpretation of the comics as long as it’s better than Son of the Mask. Admittedly, that’s an easy bar to surpass.