It's research time again. I am working on an article and need your help!
An entire generation of men and women recognize this iconic superhero instantly. Every little girl I knew, myself included, wanted to BE her. Every boy imagined her as his fantasy girlfriend. Wonder Woman could hold her own against any number of bad guys, bank robbers, jewel thieves or assassins. She wasn't a sidekick or cutesy arm candy for the real hero. She was IT.
Before I go any further, let me just admit it: I'm a super hero geek. I love comic books, really love seeing the movie incarnations of so many cool heroes, fangirl over Ironman with the best of them. But I am really getting tired of waiting for the sorely needed ass-kicking female super hero headliner movie. There's been much recent discourse in the media over this, with all kinds of excuses and conjecture attempting to either explain the deficit or deny it altogether. It's not like there's a shortage of female super heroes. There's Lara Croft, Black Widow, Rogue, Storm, Mystique, Elektra, Resident Evil's Alice, Katniss Everdeen, Divergent's Beatrice Prior (yes, they count, at least to me), to name a few (and no I am not including Batgirl or Supergirl). It's that they are always relegated to the background, rescued by the bigger, stronger male superhero, and generally assumed incapable of carrying their own movie.
So here's my question: if someone asks you to name a female superhero or two that you love, what would you say? And why? Please help me out and leave a comment below. I need to get into the collective minds of the women -- and men! -- out there. Thank you in advance for your thoughts!
8/12/2014 10:14:36 pm
Well, not an official "superhero," but if you include Katniss, surely we can include EMMA PEEL from the Avengers (the British TV show). She was my idol when I was young because she was smart, independent, and totally kickass. She usually saved herself, and often had to rescue the men too! (And she always looked FAB doing it!)
Tracy Gardner Beno
8/24/2014 05:18:33 am
Thanks Vicki! Emma Peel was awesome, and exactly what I'm talking about, good choice!
Evil Verbose Jimmy
9/16/2014 03:28:05 pm
And behold, before Wonder Woman ever came to the Boob Tube, there were several empowered female role models. The first female Super Heroes were on a hilarious Saturday morning spoof called, "Electra Woman and Dyna Girl. The best was Jamie Sommers. She went from being a secondary character on "The Six Million Dollar Man," to having her own show. It was a triumph for a model who became an actress. Her natural unpolluted beauty made her an excellent role model. She was a spy!
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