So, I decided last week that I would alternate between posts on non-fiction and fiction femmes. This week, I’d like to talk about superheroes.
There is not enough out there about female superheroes, but there actually are A LOT of them. Are they as awesome as their male counterparts? Yeah, a lot of them are. Do they get as good characterization and attention? Not always on the first and not even a little on the second. Let’s face it, we haven’t even had three female superhero movies. We had Supergirl back in the 80’s, Catwoman in the ’00’s, and we are finally getting Wonder Woman on the big screen next year. Okay, she’s appearing in an ensemble first, but she’s gets her own next year.
I don’t know about you, but these are not the sum total of female superheroes and for all of Marvel’s awesomeness in recent movie making years, I can’t be the only one to notice that the only people who bother to make female-centered superhero movies are DC comics, can I?
But this blog isn’t about movies and we don’t come here to talk about those. So let’s talk about the comics and the characters. I know I posted a while back about some of my faves, but I recently got the Shield 50th Anniversary edition graphic novel. Of the five issues included in the novel, four are dedicated to the ladies and I loved them!
Here’s the deal, none are super well known. If I didn’t watch Agents of Shield, I would only know of Nick Fury (who was the only guy in the novel) and Peggy Carter from the Captian America movie (she has her own awesome TV show that airs during the winter hiatus of Agents of Shield and every Marvel lover should watch). The others are The Calvary, Quake, and Mockingbird (I did actually see her some time after she initially appeared on Agents of Shield without the hero name yet when my son was watching one of the many Avenger cartoons because she totally becomes an Avenger for a while).
I know one of the bigger problems is the historic depiction of these women in comics is for them to be overly sexualized, but the Marvel issues mentioned above don’t really do that. There’s also the amazing and incredible Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel. There are literally not enough great things I can say about her, but something that’s been great from the start is that her costume is part-burqini. The best part of it being made out of a burkini is the conversation she has with her mom about it. Let’s not forget Hit-Girl who has been in a movie as well and is not sexualized either.
My all-time favorite superhero didn’t start out as a hero and many wouldn’t call her a hero at all (she is still mostly an anti-hero), but I’ve had a serious weak spot for Catwoman, sexualized or not. She’s independent and capable but is still depicted in fun team ups and has a soft spot for the good guy. Loved her in the Gotham City Sirens with Harley Quinn (who has her own comic too and is hitting the big screen soon in an ensemble) and Poison Ivy.
Now, why do I bring all this up? Because I love these women and there’s this strange idea out there that won’t seem to go away that women don’t like having real women heroes. I think I heard somewhere that this idea was solidified by the flop that was the Catwoman movie. But seriously, have you seen that movie? Can we get some women who do real hero work and not saving women from a toxic beauty product?
Don’t get me wrong, if that scenario were to take place, some saving would need to happen, but it was just a sad attempt at getting women involved. Hopefully, they won’t make a similar mistake when Wonder Woman hits the big screen. In the mean time, we can all sit back and enjoy some great comics that have women in them that are relatable and fun. Oh and I must mention the AMAZING job that Melissa Benoist and CBS are doing with Supergirl.
By the way, when is Marvel going to get their act together and give us Captain Marvel?
See you guys next week!