Comic book superheroes have many lives. They live in comics and sometimes, in animated television. And, for decades they have also been translated into live action movies. The films are seldom modest affairs and almost always are big budget, special effects laden, action films. It's happened to Batman, Superman, the X-Men and on and on. And then there are the superhero video games, voiced by stars and produced by A-List producers and directors. It goes without saying, that comic book superheroes are cash cows, giving the likes of Marvel and DC Comics a staggeringly lucrative source of income from a seemingly endless parade of franchise entries. Often the U.S. (domestic) gross of these films is dwarfed by worldwide box office revenues, not to mention sales of merchandise, DVD rights, and the all important video game market.
A-List stars clamor to get in on the act, as superheroes are big business. But what about the girls? What about the female superheroes or superheroines? Well, in the past, the female superheroes have taken a backseat to their male counterparts. This has, we are happy to say, changed. So, we thought it was time we sifted through the hundreds and hundreds of female superheroes and came up with a list of female superheroes that can fight evil and right wrongs with the best of their male colleagues.
Get ready for the battle of the female superheroes. Here is our list of the 13 best: from pretty darn good to staggeringly great. Some have been translated into live action films, while some have stayed true to their comic book origins, and a few of them have been made iconic by memorable movie portrayals.
13 Invisible Woman
12 Kitty Pryde
10 Scarlet Witch
9 Jean Gray
3 Black Widow
2 2. Mystique
1 Wonder Woman
Modeled from clay, Wonder Woman (Princess Diana) was blessed with superhuman powers by no less than the Olympian gods. In the 1970s, Lynda Carter brought the DC Comic Wonder Woman to life on TV. Fast forward to 2016 and Gal Gadot was WW in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. As is the case for most superheroes these days, the character was a little darker, and a little more sinister than in previous outings. Another reason to put the Amazonian beauty in the number 1 spot is that Gadot will also star in Wonder Woman's very first solo live action film. It is due for release in June of 2017.
Sources: dccomics.com, imdb.com, variety.com
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