After decades of wait, DC has finally announced an upcoming Wonder Woman movie starring Gal Gadot. The fact that this movie has taken so many decades to be made is indicative of how few female superheroes can be found in film. Despite low numbers, a few have truly stood head and shoulders above their peers. The following are the five greatest female superheroes in film.
5. Silk Spectre II (Watchmen) – Silk Spectre’s best scenes in the early part of the movie are all stolen by the near omnipotent Dr. Manhattan. She gets a lot of snappy lines, but no number of snappy lines can quite compete with a blue, glowing man who can split his consciousness across time and space so that he can solve impossible equations while making love to his girlfriend. Thankfully, her full glory comes to light during the jail break scene later in the movie. She makes Nite Owl look like a second rate hero while beating up a veritable horde of prisoners, all while wearing high heels. For a hero with absolutely no super powers, she is pretty amazing.
4. Tank Girl (Tank Girl) – Lori Petty is completely crazy in this comic book adaptation, which is exactly how she should be. Tank Girl is not your normal superhero. She lives in a post apocalyptic world, driving around an insane modified tank and performs almost entirely random acts of heroism. Her constant outfit changes and seemingly completely random lines make the character fun to watch, even if the film is not exactly a masterpiece of modern art.
3. Buffy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) – Five years before the television series, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie showed a ditzy cheerleader fighting the forces of darkness with nothing more than a stick, supernatural strength, and PMS powers. Even stuck in a ridiculous movie, Buffy was pretty much the definition of “girl power”. She pretty much defeats the almost entirely male mob of vampires with only the slightest of aid from anyone else. Until Ms. Marvel gets a movie, she is blond bombshell of the female movie superheroes.
2. Mystique (X-Men: First Class) – The Mystique from the original trilogy was pretty forgettable, but this version was brilliant and almost managed to steal the show. She did manage to scene steal almost every scene with Charles Xavier, just due to her penetrating eyes and playful dialogue. Also, if any movie from the franchise can be said to center around a woman, this is the one. Her story is the focus of the movie and as her views change, so does the narrative of the movie.
1. Black Widow (Avengers) – From just about the moment she appears on screen, Black Widow makes it obvious exactly why she is on the team. Hawkeye’s value and even Captain America’s seems almost dubious, but nobody has the knowledge, poise, or skill of Black Widow. You get the feeling that she could challenge Nick Fury in a game of espionage and win. Marvel truly understands how good a character she is and not only will she be returning in the Avengers sequel, but she is starring in Captain America: Winter Soldier and is rumored to be getting her own solo movie.