Superheroes have taken the entertainment world by storm. What used to be a niche for geeks and nerds has morphed into one of the largest and most popular genres in the film industry. However, despite the massive success the Golden Age of Superhero Movies has brought to screens around the world fans have pointed out one glaring problem: There is a stark lack of female representation. Unfortunately, women in comic book based movies have been forced to the background, being seen as the heroes love interest, a sidekick, the damsel in distress, or just a insignificant member of the team. That is all about to change. Women are finally being given the opportunity to shine by starring in their very own movies. Let's take a look at some of these bad ass females we're about to see come to power!
4. Wonder Woman
Release Date: June 2, 2017
In the past we've only seen rather lackluster flicks starring female supers, from 1984's Supergirl to 2004's Catwoman starring Halle Berry. If Wonder Woman's impressive showing in this year's blockbuster Batman v Superman is anything to go off of, Wonder Woman is the movie to see next summer. Easily one of the most recognizable figures in comic book history, Wonder Woman's status as one of DC Comics' Big Three (alongside the likes of Batman and Superman) marks her as one of the greatest female superheroes of all time (and one of the greatest superheroes of all time. Period.) We know quite a bit about the film already, despite it not being released for nearly a year. I'm incredibly excited for this one, I think some of the best scenes in BvS revolved around Gal Gadot's performance as Amazonian super heroine.
3. Ant-Man and the Wasp
Release Date: July 6, 2018
The highly awaited sequel to last year's hit Ant-Man, fans can rest assured knowing the Wasp will have a much larger role to play in the upcoming movie. The director, Peyton Reed, himself is a huge comic nerd and wants us to know:
"I always thought of Ant-Man and Wasp as a team and that’s a lot of what the second movie is really about is how they work together, what their personal and professional relationships are like."
He went on to say that the film will be just as much about the Wasp as it is about Paul Rudd's Ant-Man. I personally really enjoyed Evangeline Lilly's portrayal of Hope van Dyne in Ant-Man so I'm excited to see what she will bring to the character once she's given extraordinary powers. However, I'm also interested to see if perhaps her character will go to the dark side, seeing as her character has a dark history as the Red Queen in the comics or perhaps she'll be more akin to the original Wasp, Janet Van Dyne. Only time will tell.
2. Captain Marvel
Release Date: March 8, 2019
One of the most exciting films to appear in Marvel's Phase 3, I've been excited for this film since it was first announced. I was an early proponent of MMA star Ronda Rousey in the titular role, but as we get closer to the release date that seems less likely to happen. What we know so far is that the film will revolve around the original Ms. Marvel, Carol Danvers, who served in the United States Air Force prior to run in with aliens. Despite the title being held by numerous people, including Kamala Khan who was the first Muslim comic book character to headline her own book, the headman over at Marvel Studios confirmed that Carol Danvers will be the first on screen incarnation of the iconic character. It's also rumored that Marvel will decide to choose a female director or convince Joss Whedon to do one more project as he has an accomplished background on bringing strong female characters to the spot light (Buffy the Vampire Slayer is amazing). Whatever the case, this movie is almost sure to be a huge success and should pave the way for many, many more super heroines to find their way into the MCU.
1. Silver Sable
Release Date: TBA
News broke Friday that Sony plans on expanding into a whole Spider-verse after the hopeful success of Tom Holland's Spider-Man: Homecoming. This is the kind of thing that fans have been hoping for for ages now. The deal that Marvel and Sony struck really seems like it will produce the very best movies for us, the fans. With that in mind, one of the rumored projects Sony plans on making after Spider-Man revolves around one seriously cool woman: Silver Sable. Silver Sablinova, a.k.a Silver Sable, is one of the coolest anti-heroes/Spidey allies around. She is a hunter of war criminals, a mercenary, the leader of the Wild Pack (a team of mercenaries), and the CEO of Silver Sable International. She literally does it all. She is a master martial artist, highly skilled in hand-to-hand combat, an expert marksman and swordsman, a remarkable leader and strategist, and an extraordinary gymnast. She's been known to resist even the strongest of telepaths and she isn't afraid to play dirty. If this film really does come to fruition, you can be certain I'll be one of the first people in line!
The future for women in comic book films is bright. With so many diverse and amazing women joining the rosters of the ever growing superhero worlds, it is certainly an exciting time to be a fan. I'm personally most excited for the Captain Marvel movie, but I will definitely be seeing ever other movie on this list as well. What movie are you most excited for? What other super heroines deserve their own movies? Let me know what you think in the comments below!