Supergirls who deserve their own movies
The increasing prevalence of Marvel and DC Comic-inspired films has satisfied our cravings for intense, action-packed movies, but has left us wanting something more: some awesome, butt-kicking supergirls!
While some superpower-wielding heroines have gotten a little screen time as secondary characters, few have had the honor of receiving their own titular film. It’s not like there’s no demand for female-focused action films either: women already watch superhero movies with men as the protagonists, so the genre itself isn’t unappealing to the demographic. People in the industry even agree—Avengers director Joss Whedon has long spoken of his desire for more female-focused flicks, but says that deep-rooted sexism in the industry makes production difficult.
Although we’ve made progress with the announcement of films starring both Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman, the road to superperson equality is a long one. As for where to go next, these are the supergirls we’d love to see on the big screen:
Fighting evil by moonlight, winning love by daylight—this anime favorite showed us that all you need is a little faith in yourself to conquer evil. As an ordinary girl with extraordinary powers, Serena proved that even crybabies can achieve greatness. As a relatable figure, she encouraged us to have a little more faith in ourselves. Sailor Moon may have had some of her own mini movies, but we wouldn’t object to a larger scale flick, animated or live-action.
This super smart spy stands out as one of the most impressive members of the Avengers. Portrayed by Scarlett Johansson, the clever superhero has made appearances in multiple films, but she’s one of the few in her crew not to score her own. Someone as talented as Natalia Romanova (aka Natasha Romanoff) deserves her own spotlight to prove just how much she can truly do.
Also known as Shrinking Violet, this DC Universe superheroine has the power to shrink to tiny sizes. While she’s known to be timid in person, her fighting abilities earn her a place on the League of Super-Heroes. As Atom Girl gets more recognition over time, her confidence increases, making her an encouraging and relatable character. Who doesn’t like an underdog?
A member of the Justice League, Zatanna is a magician by both day and night—as well as one of the most powerful sorceresses in the DC Universe. Plus, her wit and cleverness help her to overthrow evil. While the superheroine has made some television appearances, we’d like to see her skills fully explored in a live action film filled with some crazy magic.
Superheroines don’t just exist in the world of comics. These three sisters showed us that it’s possible to be unabashedly girly and cute while also kicking some serious butt. The Powerpuff Girls were one of our first introductions to girl power, and they could do a lot of good for a new generation of young girls, should they come back into the spotlight.
With her dark back-story of family problems and heightened sense of empathy, Raven would bring a complex, deep story to the big screen. As a superhero rejected by others, she found the strength within her to form her own alliances and rise from both metaphorical and physical ashes. Hers is a story of perseverance—and one that isn’t told nearly enough.
Rebecca Deczynski is a writer and student at Barnard College who loves long walks through the thrift store and trips to the bagel shop. You can follow her on Twitter @staygoldrebecca.