2015 was a good year for movies. In particular, it was a great year for women in film. Many of last year’s films featured women in lead roles, in different genres, telling compelling yet diverse stories that redefined what it means to be a woman, as well as addressing feminist issues past and present.
We had Mad Max Fury Road, with Charlize Theron leading her group of rebels in a post-apocalyptic world. Then there was Kristen Stewart, Chloe Moretz, and Juliette Binoche in Clouds of Sils Maria, an intellectual French drama that tackled the double standards women have to face in the movie industry. There was also the romantic, historical piece, Brooklyn, about a young Irish immigrant falling in love with an Italian man and having to decide between New York and her homeland. If you saw either of these films, watched a trailer, or simply read a review, there was a palpable sense that these films were based on fully developed characters with stories that women young and old, gay or straight, could relate to on some level and, perhaps, even learn from them.
It definitely looks like Hollywood will be continuing this awesome trend in 2016. Of course more still needs to be done regarding actresses and equal pay. But we can at least appreciate that 2016 will feature many films written and directed by women and led by talented actresses who are up to the task of bringing both iconic and new characters to life. Fictional and nonfictional, these are just some female characters we can't wait to see on the big screen this year.
15 Felicity Jones in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
14 Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
13 Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) - Suicide Squad
12 Kim Barker (Tina Fey) - Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
11 Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) - Girl On The Train
10 The Female Characters of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
9 Maggie (Greta Gervig) - Maggie’s Plan
8 Antonina Zabinska (Jessica Chastain) - The Zookeeper’s Wife
7 Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) - Bridget Jones' Baby
6 Harriet Mutesi (Lupita Nyong'o) - Queen of Katwe
5 Alice (Mia Wasikowska) - Alice Through The Looking Glass
4 The Women Of The Huntsman: Winter’s War
3 Jane (Natalie Portman) - Jane Got A Gun
2 The Female Ghostbusters - Ghostbusters
When word got out that there was going to be a reboot of the classic 80s comedy with an all-female Ghostbusters team, there was mixed reaction. It's understandable why people don’t want a remake of a film that is considered perfect by many, but it’s great to see a fresh take on the original source material.
1 Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) - Suicide Squad
While Suicide Squad is one of the most anticipated superhero films this year, Harley Quinn is undoubtedly the most anticipated character. Mischievous, Sexy, witty, and The Joker’s better half, Harley Quinn has become a comic book fan favorite since her DC debut. She’s even one of the most cosplayed character among women and young girls. With the exception of animated tv shows & movies, DC’s most beloved female villain has never been portrayed in a live action movie before so we are all looking forward to seeing how Margot Robbie plays her. Judging by recently released trailers, it’s looking good! Up until now, the 25-year-old Australian actress has played the typical female film archetypes but this role, if done successfully, will be Robbie’s breakthrough role. Out of all of these characters, she takes the number one spot on our list!
Sources: Wikipedia, imdb.com, ew.com
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