For years, comic book movies have been criticised for their lack of female characters. To be fair to the movie studios involved in their production and the people behind the movies, they are clearly trying to rectify this issue, as the likes of Black Widow, Peggy Carter, Gamora and Scarlet Witch have already made their presence felt in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Captain Marvel is set to get her own movie in the franchise in 2018.
The likes of Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn are coming to the DC Cinematic Universe as well, so the female contingent in such movies is definitely set to increase - but there's still going to be a major imbalance when it comes to the number of female characters in comparison to the males.
With that in mind, wouldn't it be great to see a few more? Moreover, wouldn't it be great if they were sexy to boot? There isn't really much better than a sexy female character who can kick ass, so let's take a look at a few who would be welcome additions the world of live action comic book movies. Here are ten sexy comic book vixens we'd love to see on our screens.
Umar - who is also known as Umar the Unrelenting - is a Marvel Comics villain who first appeared on panel in 1966. She is the sister of Dormammu and mother of Clea - two characters strongly associated with Doctor Strange - and, given that the Sorcerer Supreme is heading to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there's every chance she could follow him.
She is a very sexual character - a sorceress whose spells often involve things like giant tongues - who, amongst other things, has used the Hulk as a sex slave. Even more surprising is that, in spite of Hulk's enormity and her slim build, it was Umar who was left unsatisfied by the encounter while the Hulk lay exhausted and euphoric. She would certainly spice up the MCU!
9 Power Girl
Live action DC Comics movies have distinctly lacked strong female characters in the past. Wonder Woman is, of course, on the way - with Gal Gadot set to play the Amazonian warrior in the DC Cinematic Universe - but would anyone really begrudge the appearance of a busty Kryptonian heroine as well?
Power Girl is a character who first appeared on panel in 1976 and has rocked a costume that accentuates her ample cleavage in no uncertain terms. A live action version of the Kryptonian would be a welcome addition to any DC movie - and there's every chance it could happen at some point, given that Kryptonians obviously exist in the DC Cinematic Universe.
8 Bomb Queen
Bomb Queen is an awesome character who first appeared on panel in 2006. She's an Image Comics property and, as such, would be one of only a handful of characters from Image to receive the live action treatment (Spawn got a movie in 1997 and Witchblade had a television series in 2001-02, for example).
Bomb Queen's concept is fantastic - she's a villain who essentially runs the fictional New Port City as a dictatorship and has removed and banned all superheroes from there - and it would make for an awesome movie. More to the point, given her extremely sexualised clothing, any hot actress taking on the part would look amazing.
Angela, for the most part of her existence (she first appeared on panel in 1993), has been an Image Comics property. However, in 2013 she was acquired by Marvel Comics and appeared in the aftermath of the Age of Ultron arc due to a tear in reality caused by the events of said arc.
As it turns out, she's one of Odin's daughters and, consequently, Thor and Loki's sister. She's also a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy now and, as a result, she has links to a number of existing Marvel Cinematic Universe characters. A feisty redhead, she would add some serious sexiness to the MCU in her revealing golden outfit.
The X-Men movie franchise is severely lacking in decent female villains. Mystique has been the one decent lady adversary to the titular heroes and granted, the actresses who've played her have been awesome and sexy as hell, but a few more wouldn't go amiss (Emma Frost was pretty underwhelming). Step forward Selene.
Selene - who first appeared in 1983 - is a Marvel villain who has links to evil teams like the Hellfire Club, the Externals and the Sisterhood of Mutants and she's incredibly powerful - possessing abilities like telepathy, telekinesis and even low-level reality-warping. Her sultry and sexy nature would be a welcome asset to Fox's flagship franchise.
Zatanna is a DC Comics heroine who first appeared on panel way back in 1964. As a prominent member of the Justice League, there's every chance that she could go on to appear in the expanded DC Cinematic Universe in the near future, given that the team are coming to our screens in the next few years.
She would be a very cool and sexy addition to the live action movies as, not only is a powerful magic user (whatever she says backwards happens) who would be a great asset to the team, she wears a very sexy outfit that includes fishnet stockings, knee-high boots a bow tie and a top hat. A live action version would definitely go down well.
As previously touched upon in this article, Witchblade is an Image Comics character who has actually had her own television series in 2001-02 - and it's about time she had her own movie as well. As a matter of fact, a film almost happened in 2009, but it was ultimately cancelled and that's a real shame.
The Witchblade concept - which first appeared in 1995 and involves a sentient supernatural artifact, in the form of a gauntlet (the Witchblade itself), that bonds to a female host (the most well-known of which is NYPD homicide detective Sara Pezzini) - would make a great movie and who would argue about seeing a live-action version of the skimpy costume that the Witchblade creates for its wielder?
The Hulk is already an established live action character, with Bill Bixby/Lou Ferrigno having played him in the 1970s and 1980s television show and Eric Bana, Edward Norton and Mark Ruffalo having played him in post-millennium movies (the latter two playing the same character in different movies) - and yet his female counterpart She-Hulk AKA Jennifer Walters is yet to be adapted in live action.
Having first appeared on panel in 1980, She-Hulk has become a popular heroine who, whilst green, keeps her slim femininity upon transformation into a super-strong being. To envisage what a live action version could be like, think Zoe Saldana's incredibly sexy Gamora, but far more kick-ass.
Unlike her brother He-Man, She-Ra - who emerged in 1985 - has never been given a live action adaptation. Granted, 1987's Masters of the Universe was awful, but the fact is that She-Ra is every bit as interesting as He-Man and she deserves a shot at big screen stardom.
With that in mind, now would be as good a time as any. Masters of the Universe and related characters are all currently appearing in comic books published by DC Comics and they've even interacted with DC characters. What an interesting twist it would be if they could come into the DC Cinematic Universe as well. If She-Ra was to appear on screen, with a sexy actress wearing her little white skirt, it would make an awul lot of '80s kids' dreams come true.
1 Shanna The She-Devil
Shanna the She-Devil is a great character from the pages of Marvel Comics who could potentially be added to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in future movies. Having first appeared in 1972, the predominantly jungle-based character has gone on to interact with a number of characters who currently reside in the MCU, such as Black Widow and Daredevil.
A jungle-based movie would make for an interesting shift in tone for the MCU and seeing such a character mingling with the city-based characters that are already established would be refreshing. Moreover, any beautiful actress donning Shanna's makeshift jungle bikini would look extremely sexy.
Sources: Comic Vine