Warner Bros. recently announced that Harley Quinn (and possibly the Birds of Prey) would be getting her own film. We have the “Wonder Woman” film coming out next year and “Captain Marvel” debuting in 2019. And with both “Supergirl” and “Jessica Jones” gearing up for a season two, it looks like we’re finally starting to see a little more parity for superheroines.
To keep the ball rolling, here’s a wish list of superhero women who deserve their own film or TV series:
1. Ms. Marvel
As one of the most loveable and prominent South Asian superheroes we have right now, I’m hoping “Captain Marvel” finds a way to introduce Kamala Khan and open the door for her own film or series. Kamala’s a great point of entry character for a teen audience — she’s a hilariously awkward and enthusiastic Avengers fangirl — and she speaks a lot of truths about what it means to be brown and Muslim American today, which is a perspective we sorely need right now.
2. Batgirl (of Burnside)
Brenden Fletcher and Cameron Stewart’s reimaging of Batgirl would be a perfect companion and crossover for the CW’s “Supergirl.” The new Barbara Gordon goes on Tinder dates, struggles with college deadlines, hangs out in hipster coffee shops, and deals with technology gone haywire. The series is also a great step forward with diversity, featuring several people of color, a black disabled character, and an Asian trans character.
Can we be real and admit the Hulk is kind of boring? He’s not that compelling when he’s human, and good luck getting him to do anything wreak havoc when he’s green. Jennifer Walters as She-Hulk, on the other hand, is much more interesting. Jennifer is the same person when she transforms, and actually prefers to stay green as she’s more confident that way. She juggles running her own law office with being an Avenger. In the “A-Force” comics, she’s also the team leader of Marvel’s first all-women Avengers team. She’s smart, sassy, and career-oriented.
4. Miss America
America Chavez is the headstrong Latina who leads the Young Avengers, and she’s honestly more superpowered than even Steven Rogers — she can travel interdimensionally, fly, and is arguably stronger and faster. Loki is also lowkey afraid of her, which is an interesting twist on a character we’ve already seen before. Her and most of the Young Avengers are also notable examples of positive LGBTQ representation, and the comic won the 2014 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book.
Bitten by the same spider that bit Peter Parker and then locked away in a bunker for years, Cindy Moon is an Asian American millennial trying to find her way in the world. Much like “Supergirl,” she works as an assistant, complains about rent, and considers going on dates, all while balancing being a superhero and double agent.
With the latest “X-Men: Apocalypse,” I think it’s become pretty clear that 20th Century Fox just doesn’t know how to properly utilize their X-women. We’ve seen countless films where Ororo Munroe has played second fiddle to Wolverine, Xavier, and Magneto. As someone who was once worshipped as a rain goddess, dated the Black Panther, and is now the leader of the all women X-Men team in the comics, Ororo really does deserve her own series. Bonus, her team also has Psylocke, Jubilee, and Rogue, meaning a win for better Storm representation is a win for all the other women that Fox has done dirty.
7. Gotham Academy
“Gotham Academy” features several girls of color as the main characters, and takes place in a Gotham school that feels more Harry Potter than anything else. It mainly centers on Olive Silverlock, the daughter of a supervillain who’s haunted by her family’s legacy. “Gotham Academy” would make a great TV series and contrast well against Fox’s “Gotham” because while it’s still dark at times, it also heavily emphasizes the friendship between two of the main girl characters, and is way more diverse to boot. It also features the various Robins and Bruce Wayne acting like an actual dad, which is a side of Bruce that all the films have kind of shied away from.
Clara Mae is a twenty-something English major grad from UC Berkeley. Works somewhere in the San Francisco financial district. If not at work, is probably off eating ramen, petting dogs, or attempting yoga. Blogs too little and tweets too much at @ubeempress.
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