Superheroines vs. Superheroes

Enough about the boys, it is time for some Girl power. 

female superheroesAs a girl, female superheroes are very important to me, because it gives me someone to look up to even though it is not super realistic; I mean you never hear Wonder Woman talk about her period. Superheroines are female superheroes as opposed to superheroes that are male, but the word “superheroes” is often used for both genders. I think that there should be more female superheroes that are independent from men like Black Canary and Huntress. Superheroes like Batgirl and Supergirl are second to their counterparts Batman and Superman; in fact there are many superheroines that get their identity from a superhero counterpart, most times a male counterpart. For example Supergirl from Superman, Batwoman and Batgirl from Batman, Aquagirl from Aquaman, Iron Woman from Iron Man, and there are many more in this link. A lot of superheroines are sidekicks to a male counterpart or take on an identity for a friend. Most superheroines are not very famous though, there is one superheroine that most everyone knows and that is Wonder Woman. 

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There are very few superheroine movies compared to the amount of superhero movies. Most superheroine movies were made a long time ago, when there was not as much technology to make the special effects needed for a good action movie. Some superheroine movies that were made are Supergirl made in 1984, Catwoman in 2004, and Elektra in 2005, while the most recent Superman movies was in 2013. With superhero movies they are mainly remakes of a superhero that already has their own movie for example Batman and Superman, both have older version and newer version. There is not much variety when it comes to superhero and superheroine movies. Not all superhero movies are successful, which is why film makers tend to stick to the most successful superheroes to make movies about. 

“Toymakers will tell you they won’t sell enough, and movie people will point to the two terrible superheroine movies that were made and say, You see? It can’t be done. It’s stupid, and I’m hoping “The Hunger Games” will lead to a paradigm shift. It’s frustrating to me that I don’t see anybody developing one of these movies. It actually pisses me off. My daughter watched “The Avengers” and was like, “My favorite characters were the Black Widow and Maria Hill,” and I thought, Yeah, of course they were. I read a beautiful thing Junot Diaz wrote: “If you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves.'”–Joss Whedon director and writer of Marvel’s The Avengers. Agrees that there needs to be more superheroine movies, especially for young girls like Whedon’s daughter. 

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X-Men ladies like Jean Grey, Storm, and Rogue could also helm a solo movie, but instead, Wolverine is getting his second (despite the fact that X-Men Origins: Wolverine was, most critics and viewers agree, terrible)….Why is it that Green Lantern can get a movie, Batman and Superman can have a veritable avalanche of sequels and reboots, and yet Wonder Woman the most noted female hero of them all leaves a gaping hole in the DC film canon?”–Rachael Kates, like most fans she wants a superheroine movie too. Women do go to superhero movies and they make up about half of the sales for those movies, which Kates also points out in her post.

Some issues that I will be brought up in the next post are which is better superheroines or superheroes? and Which is stronger, smart, more violent, and more protective? Why do male superheroes get their own movie more than female superheroes? 

 

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