Lois always brings the story forward in Superman movies. The movies, except for 3 (She wasn't in it) and 4, are about his relationship with her.
Originally Posted by oulala
Teela would be the lead actress in a He-Man movie because she would be the most important female in the movie (the love interest), unless the movie had a bigger focus on another female (i.e., Julie and Kevin in the 1987 movie were more important than MAA or Teela). A supporting actress would be the Sorceress, Evil-Lyn or Queen Marlena.
When She-Ra isn't around, Teela is the top female in the mythos. Unfortunately for She-Ra, she and the Horde usually don't come into play about halfway through.
No doubt. She-Ra is the star of POP. And if she were in a MOTU movie, she would have the bigger role. But when She-Ra is not there? There are no major heroic female roles except for Teela.
If She-ra was turned into a successful movie, the actress would be nominated for 'Best actress'. She would truly be the lead, because unlike Teela, her name and role is pretty much the active protagonist / Hero of the franchise.
She-Ra is head of her own brand, but has only "appeared" in that brand.
That's for me the difference between a lead and a supporting character. They ARE the franchise. Wonder Woman is her own Franchise. Supergirl (a rather boring character, I agree with you on that) IS still her own franchise. They are the main character. Their name is the name of the property or if not, their actions are what drives the story forward.
Here's my penultimate example: merchandizing. They wouldn't sell a Lois Lane costume would they? Or a lois lane wig? And just as She-ra still sells calendars and T-shirts with her chest emblem on it, they don't sell Teela chest emblem T-shirts, do they? Nor calendars, postcards etc.
Likewise, I was just checking the Halloween costumes featured on the He-man.org and guess what? They have He-man, Skeletor and She-ra costume. No Teela costumes. Why? Because as much as we love her, she is NOT the true lead in the franchise.
Teela has been in every incarnation of MOTU except for POP.
Who's more important as far as the MOTU brand is concerned? If MOTU has a movie, game, cartoon or comic, guess who will be featured in those media without a doubt?
I know being pro-She-Ra doesn't mean you are anti-Teela! It's the same with me: I like She-Ra too! My point is that She-Ra's nature as a "I have a sister?!" reveal limits her exposure as a leading lady, as there is no one to fill that top female in the franchise void except Teela at the beginning.
Again it sounds like I am an Anti-Teela fanatic, but I am not! I love Teela. She was always one of my favorite characters of the whole mythos. She is a as essential to the franchise as Lois Lane or Jean Grey, beloved characters. Even if She-ra had never existed, Teela would still NOT be a lead, just the main female character of the franchise.
The Sorceress is usually a "talking head" -- a support role. She gives the heroes the mission of the episode and occasionally, she has an active role.
P.S. as for your argument of saying that Teela is the lead because the creators of 200X He-man, New Adventures and the Dolf Lundgren movie put her in there, it doesn't really convince me because one could argue the sorceress is ALSO present in all these stories and playing a more central role. In fact, Teela is only glimpsed at in the New Adventures series for one episode if I remember correctly and very late in the story (and some believe she was supposed to be She-ra because of her blonde hair and costume but I won't even go there lol) whereas the Sorceress has a 'more important' role in the whole NA thing (I've never really watched the show so I don't want to bet my head on that one) .
Teela was in NA for one episode. Out of all the MOTU characters they could have picked, they chose Teela. Not He-Man's sister, not the mentor (Man-At-Arms), not the fool (Orko), not his companion (Battle Cat), but Teela (the love interest).