Look at the highest-grossing movies of the past year. What do you see? Well, there’s a movie about a fish with short-term memory loss (Finding Dory), an animated world of animals that is a metaphor for racism (Zootopia), and tons of superhero movies. To be exact, four out of ten movies on the list for highest-grossing movies of 2016 were superhero movies! It’s like our culture has re-discovered it’s love for people in tights, fighting their way to justice and peace. But sometimes Hollywood and the comic book industry focus strays towards the men in tights, instead of the equally po
My love of comics stemmed from seeing the versions of those iconic superheroes on-screen. I would watch shows like The Justice League and Teen Titans, feeling inspired to kick ass like Starfire or Wonder Woman. But as I began to read more comics, I felt as if my favorite female characters were not as fully developed as many male characters, or rarely seen at all in modern comics. The late start of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in announcing a female solo film just cemented my feelings of women being marginalized in the comic world, along with POC and LGBTQIA characters.
“I felt as if my favorite female characters were not as fully developed as many male characters, or rarely seen at all in modern comics.”
I wanted to start this blog to explore badass female superheroes that may have been forgotten, or ones that are iconic but may require a more in-depth look at. As our culture continues to pay billions of dollars for these movies and comics, we cannot afford to push our female superheroes to the back of the bill. These characters can inspire others, just like Batgirl and Storm inspired feelings of confidence and power in me. Let’s make sure they get the attention they deserve, instead of being hidden behind male characters that have already had their stories told.