Back in 2008, there was talk of bringing comic book/graphic novel legends Dave Gibbons and Frank Miller’s comic book character Martha Washington to the big screen. Could it still happen?
Martha Washington first appeared in 1990 in the Dark Horse-published comic book Give Me Liberty, where her story “begins in the squalid corridors of a maximum-security housing project, where a young girl will rise from the war-torn streets of Chicago to battle injustice in a world insane with corruption. She will be called a hero, a traitor, and nearly everything in between, but all along the way, her courage, her integrity, and her unwavering commitment to that most valuable of rights — liberty — will inspire a movement that will never surrender.”
Gibbons and Miller would revisit the character for the titles/series Martha Washington Goes To War; Happy Birthday, Martha Washington; Martha Washington Stranded In Space; Martha Washington Saves The World; and Martha Washington Dies.
What we know:
In late 2008, writer Miller expressed his desire to see his and illustrator Gibbons’ collaborative effort, the story of Martha Washington, get the screen treatment. MTV quoted Miller as saying, “It’s just a matter of finding the right venue, because ‘Martha Washington’ isn’t a movie, it’s a series,” he said. “It would have to be like 12 episodes to fit the whole story in. I would not let it be truncated.” That got comic book fans buzzing, crossing their fingers in the hope that Miller’s dream would become reality.
What eventually happened:
Nothing, as far as I can tell. In July 2009, it was reported that Miller’s top choice to play Martha Washington on film would be actress Rosario Dawson. Public reaction to that news was mixed. And there have been little to no new developments since that time.
So I’m now wondering if the project is dead, or if there is still hope that this popular female African-American comic book character’s story could one day be told on the big-screen (or maybe as a cable series?). And if so, which actress would be best suited to embody Martha Washington? Should they go big-name, or up and coming talent? Here are a few of my own picks, in no particular order: