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‘The Crow’ Creator Wanted a Female-led Sequel About a Vengeful Bride

‘The Crow’ Creator Wanted a Female-led Sequel About a Vengeful Bride

James O’Barr gave birth to The Crow in his crudely-drawn comic series of the same name that debuted in 1989 (the character first appeared in “Caliber Presents #1”).

The hero is birthed on a night when Eric Draven and his fiancée, Shelly, are assaulted by a gang after their car breaks down. Eric is shot in the head and is paralyzed, and can only watch as Shelly is savagely beaten, raped, and shot in the head. They are then left for dead on the side of the road. Eric later dies in the hospital operating room while Shelly is DOA. He is then resurrected by a crow and seeks vengeance on the murderers, methodically stalking and killing them. (Wiki)

The story was adapted in 1994 for the big screen in Alex Proyas, with the late Brandon Lee starring as the title character.  Three god-awful sequels were released and a remake has been in development hell for years. While it’s already been reported that the next film, The Crow Reborn, will star Jason Momoa (Aquaman) as the vengeful half-ghoul, O’Barr had pitched an idea for a sequel that was may more in line with social commentary in 2017.

Looking back at the three Crow sequels, the biggest issue is not only that the films are too similar, but that the character is as well. In fact, O’Barr wanted to see the next Crow be a woman who dies on the happiest day of her life…

“My intention was to take it to a completely different direction,” O’Barr told Screen Geek at the Los Angeles Comic-Con.

“So I wrote a story that was a based on a little incident that happened in Chicago about a woman who was killed at her wedding.

“I remember reading it in the paper and it was just a horrible tragedy. Some Irish gangsters tried to rob a main parish in Chicago where they held the collections, and they got lost coming down. They ended up in the middle of a wedding and one of the bride’s maid’s boyfriend, in the audience, was a cop and a big shootout started, church burnt down and 13 people were killed.

“That story always stuck with me and that day is supposed to be the happiest day in someone’s life and it couldn’t get more tragic than that.

“So my idea was ‘Okay, what if I take that scenario and call it The Crow: The Bride?’ and she comes back. It was super cool, she’s still wearing her wedding dress with barb wire and nails in her head.”

Here’s the kicker. When O’Barr pitches the story he was told, “Nah, we can’t make this. First of all, no one is going to see an action movie with a female lead.” He responded, ”If you do it right, it doesn’t matter if it’s about gender. It just has to be handled right.”

They declined and so, there’s the script as well as a bunch of illustrations for it over at Miramax since 1995. Interestingly, O’Barr notes his surprise when he saw Miramax’s Kill Bill in theaters years later. “About four or five years later this movie Kill Bill comes out and I’m sitting in the theater like… ‘This looks vaguely familiar!’ ”

For those who wish that Miramax had or would make a female-led The Crow there is a film worth checking out: Raven Banner’s awesome Avenged. Michael S. Ojeda directed the film about a deaf girl (Amanda Adrienne Smith) who is brutalized by a murderous gang who are then hunted by her when the bloodthirsty spirit of an Apache warrior inhabits her lifeless body.



  • “No one is going to see an action movie with a female lead.”

    HAHAHAHA!! Wait… You’re serious?

  • lion7718
  • Matt Graupman
    • Fufv rur45

      Wtf crudely drawn? His art was more amazing as the series went on.I have all the originals. He actually first appeared on the back of a caliber dead world issue. This needs to be made like heavy metal. An animated series or film. Fk the live action shit. The crow coa was good. Would’ve been better had they left the filmmakers vision alone. Would have been a much better film than we were given. Everything after is unwatchable.

  • JoeInTheBox

    “The Crow: The Bride” sounds awkward. More like “The Bride of The Crow”.

  • Rake

    Lets not pretend this is some amazing idea he had. He simply changed the genders of the characters, it’s the exact same concept. Nothing clever about a gender swap, it is now mandatory with every remake. Also I do believe Alien and Aliens both came out before The Crow, along with plenty of other female action movies/ horror. The studio heads just didn’t want to tell him that his amazing new vision was barely even an idea.

    • Edwina Gein

      Every Crow is the same concept. They’re revenants, the dead brought back to life for revenge. They can be male or female. There’s 3 female Crows in his comics. It’s not a Ghostbusters situation

      • Rake

        I’m just saying it’s not a fresh idea to simply flip genders, they are kind of pushing a sexism angle here implying the studios were against it entirely because of a female.

        • Edwina Gein

          Flipping genders would be a plot where rock musician Erica Draven returns from the grave to avenge herself and the rape-murder of her fiance. This is a new story, new character. The only similarities are that they were both engaged and resurrected by a spirit guide, which are reoccurring themes in the comic. People tend to die angry seeing themselves and their loved ones murdered

          And he’s probably pushing a sexism angle because it was 1995 and they told him flat-out no one would watch a female-led Crow movie

  • Laura Kinney (X-23)

    Meh, I’d of been down to check it out. Kinda sounds like a story I’m working on at the moment. It also kind of sounds like Kill Bill, minus the samurai swords and the Yakuza. Or were they Triads, I can’t remember??

    • Kristoffer Groves


      • Laura Kinney (X-23)

        Merci Beaucoup!! Yeah, I didn’t want to offend anybody by missing them ups. After all, they’re 2 different affiliations.

  • Nia Snacks

    That’s refreshing… Gender reversal on classics……

  • HalesTales

    This doesn’t just sound like cheap gender swapping to me. It sounds badass! I love the image of an undead, bloody bride with barbed wire and nails. Another one Hollywood slept on . . .

  • Lady Bathory

    Sounds like a cool idea! It’s not simple gender swapping, if there’s a completely different and (somewhat) innovative story. Much better than a 1:1 remake of an original. Personally, I love variety and it makes a lot of sense to be inclusive when it comes to choosing main protagonists. Make it a Native American trans woman and write a mind-blowing story! That’s what films as art are supposed to accomplish in my opinion. Sadly, broadening the horizons of a mainstream audience is pretty difficult.

    Also… crudely drawn? Nope, I have to disagree 😉

  • Josh Evans

    Sounds way better than a reboot!

  • AdamX

    I liked City of Angels actually but a female Crow would’ve been very cool as well. I’d still watch if they gave it a shot today.

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