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Off My Mind: Comic Book Movie Girlfriends

Who has been the best girlfriend seen on the big screen?

Yesterday during Screened.com's The Screening Room of the first Iron Man movie, the question came up of who is the best girlfriend in a comic book movie. Every hero has to have a girl, right? It really depends on how you define the "best." Are you talking about the best looking, the coolest, or the one with the best character? There was also some debate whether or not if them having superpowers voids their role as a "girlfriend" (for example, Famke Janssen as Jean Grey). Let's think about some of the more notable comic book girlfriends. 

We saw Megan Fox as "Lilah" in Jonah Hex. She was tough and could hold her own but that prostitute thing would be a turn off. Gweneth Paltrow played Pepper Potts. She could put Tony Stark in his place but we did see some tiny moments of cattiness. Jennifer Connelly played Betty Ross in Hulk. She could deal with the Hulk, had a brain and, I would say, a touch of class. Lynn Collins was Silver Fox in Wolverine Origins. Since she had powers, she could be eliminate if we decided to go that route. Kirsten Dunst was Mary Jane in the Spider-Man movies. I suppose some people liked her, right?  
 
Others include Blake Lively as Carol Ferris in Green Lantern. There's only been a couple images released of her and we haven't seen how she'll come across in the movie. Someone mentioned Rosario Dawson as Gail or Brittany Murphy as Shellie, both from Sin City
 
Who do I think is the best? 
 == TEASER == 
I'm sure there are so many more possible candidates I haven't mentioned. We could be here all day listing them all. Normally I don't like these questions that sort of put you on the spot. This isn't a question I've sat and pondered. Without trying to give it too much thought, I think I would go with Jennifer Connelly's Betty Banner (as I sort of hinted above). She's pretty, classy and smart. It's been a while since I've seen that Hulk movie but I don't recall her doing the annoying screaming/damsel in distress thing. 
 
I am curious to see who you guys think is the best comic book movie girlfriend. Who did I leave off? Who is your choice and why?
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Edited by difficlus

Betty Ross (Jennifer Connelly) and Pepper Potts all the way!!! 
 
EDIT: you left off Lois Lane and Elektra and Hancock's wife and Rachel Dawson (batman's dead girlfriend (if you can call it that..))

Posted by dondasch

Jennifer Connelly.  Hands down.  Beauty, class, intelligence.  She has it all.

Posted by Silver Knight75

MJ and Pepper

Posted by Krakoa

Connelly for girlfriend. For comic book love interest, in general? Ice-T as Tank Girl's mutant kangaroo beau takes the cake. 

Posted by kungnima

Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman.
She is a great actor, she's beautiful and I don't think anyone could do catwoman better than she did.

Posted by uroboros

Gweneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts was perfect..two big thumbs up!

Posted by ComicMan24

Jennifer Connelly.

Posted by Jake Fury

Liv Tyler as Betty.  
Edited by Chesapeake

How about  Jennifer Garner. I guess she was a bad girlfriend since she was fighting with DareDevil at the time of the movie. She probably wanted some personal space from

Matt Murdock !!
Posted by CaptHowdy

Kristy Swanson from... The Phantom of course!

Posted by Decept-O

My vote?  Jeniffer Connelly again but this time as Bettie---from the movie The Rocketeer. 
Edited by Dark Walker
@kungnima said:

" Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman. She is a great actor, she's beautiful and I don't think anyone could do catwoman better than she did. "

QFT!
 
Shame on you G-Man for not including a single Bat girl.  There's been tons, Kim Basinger/Vicki Vale the above mentioned sexy Michelle Pfeiffer, Nicole Kidman/Chase Meridian, and Elle Macpherson/Julie Madison.  As a Batman fan I'm offended.  ;-D
Posted by ForbushBug

Leonor Varela as Nyssa in "Blade 2." Great character and a ridiculously hot actress.

Posted by dondasch

@ Decept-O Yeah, loved her in that role too.

Posted by ComicMan24
@ForbushBug said:
" Leonor Varela as Nyssa in "Blade 2." Great character and a ridiculously hot actress. "
True.
Posted by fedspaz

Catwoman, but what about the old school Catwoman??  Julie Newmar... classy, elegant, beautiful.  Am I showing my age?

Posted by Nikitas10

I agree. Jennifer is the best...

Posted by karrob
@dondasch said:
" Jennifer Connelly.  Hands down.  Beauty, class, intelligence.  She has it all. "
I agree and Liv Tyler. Both rocked!
Posted by G-Man
@Dark Walker: I included Vicki Vale in the tags for the article at least. As for Catwoman, not sure if she's allowed since she's a "superhero" herself. I also wanted to leave room for you guys to chime in with your choices. But I purposely left Katie Holmes from Batman Begins out.
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Posted by Dark Walker
@G-Man said:
" @Dark Walker: But I purposely left Katie Holmes from Batman Begins out. "
LMAO!

No argument on that one from me. 
Edited by KRYPTON

I think Betty did a short scream when she was being attacked by the dogs in the first movie. 
 
    

Posted by G-Man
@KRYPTON : They were ridiculous. I'd scream too. "What the heck are the writers thinking! Why are there #$%&ing Hulk Dogs?!?"
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Posted by Nyo

 Jennifer Connelly, FTW!  truly the greatest girlfriend :)

Posted by Danial79

Absolutely  Jennifer Connelly as Betty... and not just 'cause I'm a Hulk fan :)

Posted by afierce

Sorry, why does having superpowers disqualify them from being a "girlfriend".

Posted by THALASTDRAGON

who decided to use a pic of megan "horrible actress" fox as tha front page shot? lol 
  
i do like tha pick of connelly/betty as tha best, i didnt really care for tha movie, but i definitely agree with ur points for choosing her. also i liked paltrow/pepper. someone also mentioned nyssa from blade 2 (which was my fav blade flick btw), thats another good pick. this would be a pretty long list if we really got into it lol.
Posted by Darthtravis

The answer is clearly Megan Fox :-) 

Posted by Renee

Jennifer Garner/Elektra HANDS DOWN!

Posted by tigerex78

I thought Eva Mendes from Ghost Rider was a good love interest.  Famke Janssen was a good girlfriend in at least 2 of the x-men movies. 

Posted by Marcovaldo

What about Andie MacDowell as Jane in 'Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes'?

Posted by CaptainGenisVell

 Jennifer Connelly in 'The Rocketeer', and I wouldn't class Rosario Dawson, even though she is beautiful as 'Sin City' maybe a comicbook movie but it technically isn't a superhero one, so she ain't a superhero gf :P

Edited by queenfrost_

PEPPER. Oh and we're yet to see how Rose Byrne lives up to the Moira mantle too

Posted by sora_thekey
Natalie Portman as Jane Foster
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Posted by Heretic175

I thought I was the only one that had that horrible nightmare about a  hulk movie with Jennifer Connelly... mass population nightmares...spooky
Posted by Video_Martian

Jennifer Connelly and Gwyneth Paltrow, cuz they're the hottest! =D

Posted by Dark Walker
@tigerex78 said:
" I thought Eva Mendes from Ghost Rider was a good love interest.  Famke Janssen was a good girlfriend in at least 2 of the x-men movies.  "
LOL Yeah up until the third one when she kills her boyfriend, very, very bad girlfriend. 
Posted by StriderNo9

100% Betty Ross

Posted by Tainted-Cell
@Renee said:
" Jennifer Garner/Elektra HANDS DOWN! "
But she just plays Echo... with sais.
 
@G-Man said:
" @KRYPTON : They were ridiculous. I'd scream too. "What the heck are the writers thinking! Why are there #$%&ing Hulk Dogs?!?" "
Yeah... what were those comic writers thinking?
 

Posted by Pitta

RAMONA FLOWERS!
Posted by KRYPTON
@G-Man said:
" @KRYPTON : They were ridiculous. I'd scream too. "What the heck are the writers thinking! Why are there #$%&ing Hulk Dogs?!?" "
Lol. Yeah the giant hulk dogs were scary. However, I wouldn't be afraid of a giant poodle. I don't know why hulk poodles were picked as a enemy of the hulk. 
Posted by Gunslinger6

MJ and Pepper. Love the redheads.

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

I like Pepper Potts, but I can definitely get why you'd pick Jennifer Connelly/Betty Brant for this one.  It doesn't hurt that Gwyneth Paltrow and Connelly are top-notch actresses who generally bring a bit of class to the screen.  And Connelly is one of the more beautiful actresses in cinema.  I think I've had a celeb crush on her since I saw her in Labryinth when I was a kid.

Posted by Sobe Cin

 If we are going for comic book movies (and if Serenity counts- since there were a couple comic books made.)  I'm going to have to say Kaylee and Inara.  
 
And if that doesn't work I'm putting my vote down for Jennifer Garner's Elektra.  She was beautiful, sexy and deadly.
 
Jennifer Connolly was okay for Betty Ross and all in Ang Lee's Hulk- but I have to say Liv Tyler did a better job. And Completely forgot that it was Liv in the roll, all I saw was Betty. With Connolly I always see the girl from Labrynth.

Posted by Dominiquea22

Pepper Pots was the only one I didn't want to hit...really hard. But I didn't see Jennifer Connelly's performance.  
 
Everyone of my fingers are crossed for a good Lois..

Posted by Duo_forbidden
@Gunslinger6 said:
" MJ and Pepper. Love the redheads. "
I have to agree with this.
Edited by Comicgirl93

Jennifer Connelly, Kristen Dunst, Famke Jennson, Katie Holmes, Jennifer Garner and Megan Fox totally all the way! Liv Tyler was great as Betty too! Halle berry was awesome as well! And let's not forget Erica Durance from Smallville, she was a great Lois Lane! All these women actresses  were the best!

Posted by Comicgirl93
@Chesapeake:  I love Jennifer Garner and Ben Afflick As Daredevil and Elektra! They were Great! Plus there should've been a sequel to that! :D
Posted by G-Man
@Tainted-Cell: I know they were in the comic. I just wondered what would make them actually put them in the movie (besides an easy way for Hulk to beat on some creatures without caring about harming them).
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Posted by AxlReznor

Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns and Gwyneth Paltrow in Iron Man are I think the only comic book movie girlfriends that can stand up to their significant other whether physically or in a verbal sparring match. I think that makes them the best, as the rest of them just seem to be there to be someone to rescue.
Posted by blaakmawf

To be honest, I just like Jennifer Connelly.

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