It’s been two years since Wonder Woman released on the big screen and did every justice to portray her badass character. Fast forward to 2019, Captain Marvel saw her own solo movie, making everyone know that the Avengers we grew up with are no match to her. But DC and Marvel have many more badass female superheroes in their endless arsenal of characters.
Here are a few notable ones who we’d like to see on the big screen.
1. Katherine Kane/ Batwoman
Inheritor of a vast fortune and obsessed with fighting crime in all its forms, sound like anyone you know? Kate Kane’s Batwoman bears similarities to the Dark Knight in several ways. Seeing Batman in person after almost being mugged in an alleyway made her realise that she felt alive when fighting crime and thus decided to become a masked crusader herself. Unlike Batgirl, she brings a bit more of the dark that makes Batman such a cool hero to root for.
Coming from an alternate universe where Gwen Stacy was bitten by the radioactive spider instead of Peter Parker, Spider-Gwen is basically the combination of Spider-Man and Black Widow. Not only does she have every power that Spider-Man has, but she’s also a super spy and world-class investigator. This makes her physically strong, as well as tactically and intellectually powerful.
3. Jessica Cruz/ Green Lantern
There have been many Green Lanterns over the years, so it’s hard for new characters to stand out when they put on the Power Ring. However, DC’s newest Lantern, Jessica Cruz has been a shining example of a noteworthy new Lantern. Cruz battles anxiety and constantly fights it in her job as a space cop.
4. Squirrel Girl
A hero with squirrel-like abilities and features, Squirrel Girl is not always taken seriously, but she has nonetheless defeated many of the Marvel universe’s greatest villains including Thanos. She has been a longtime member of the Great Lakes Avengers.
Raven is easily one of the most powerful women in DC comic book history. She’s a superhero plagued with the powers of dark magic and has a demon for a dad. Raven is also tele-empathetic, meaning she can teleport using her Soul-Self, which fights for her, manipulates others through telekinesis and manifests as a force field.
6. Ms Marvel/ Kamala Khan
Kamala Khan is the latest heroine to take on the mantle of Ms. Marvel and her four years of fiction have shown us she’s a deserving inheritor of such a darn important role. She is a Muslim Pakistani-American teenager from New Jersey and has the power to shape-shift. She can change her appearance or parts of her body at will.
7. Cassandra Cain / Batgirl
For the uninitiated, Cass is the daughter of assassins David Cain and Lady Shiva and was bred to become the perfect killer and taught fighting as her first language, without ever learning to talk. This meant that in a fight, she could tell what you were going to do before you did it, but this special ability also meant she didn’t know how to communicate in other ways. Cass Cain is one equal parts vulnerability and total badass – the vulnerability being the thing that both holds her back and simultaneously make her so wonderful.
8. Negasonic Teenage Warhead
In Marvel Comics, Negasonic Teenage Warhead was a mutant with telepathic and precognitive powers. The on-screen version, however, is a totally different take on the character. Her powers include the ability to deliver high-impact kinetic charges, disapproving stares, surly comments, and goth-like tendencies, which are all quite formidable!
9. Big Barda
There perhaps isn’t anyone who subverts the female stereotype quite like a 6’2” mountain of muscle, Big Barda. Barda was also born in a sinister setting and was intended to be a high-ranking troop in the army of Darkseid, Superman’s great nemesis. But she escaped her captors and has gone on to establish herself as a member of the Justice League. In the past, she has been described as possessing strength on par with Superman. Combine that with a cold, brash exterior, Big Barda would find her way into any badass list.
10. Black Canary
Black leather everything? Check. Flowing blonde locks that could have been crafted by goddess Athena herself? Check. Black Canary may dress like a dominatrix in her day to day, but she’s got a more in her arsenal than just a few whips – her patented Canary Cry, a sonic blast that’s even been known to knock out Kryptonians. Add to her skills as a detective, martial arts expert, and a long-time member of the Justice League, and you have a combination of beautiful and badass.
Zatanna inherited her mother’s ability to manipulate magic and her father’s penchant for heroism. She has been around in the pages of DC Comics for more than half a century. She’s a stage magician with the costume to match, but also has actual magical superpowers, which makes her a good fit for the supernaturally-oriented Justice League Dark team.
She-Hulk doesn’t lose her rag as often as cousin Bruce Banner, but that doesn’t mean she’s a bed of roses to deal with either. Also, unlike the big guy, she retains her intelligence which makes her more formidable than him. Jennifer Walters gains Hulk’s transformational powers after receiving a blood transfusion from Hulk himself. In her Hulk form, she has held her own against bruisers such as Hercules and The Thing. She’s also a tried-and-tested lawyer in her day to day – brains, beauty, and a total badass.
Spectrum, aka Monica Rambeau, was a former New Orleans Harbor Patrol Lieutenant who received exposure to extra-dimensional energy and gained the power to turn into any form of energy along the electromagnetic spectrum. This means that she can fly at the speed of light, shoot lasers, and turn herself into one. She recently made her on-screen debut in Captain Marvel so you’ll get to see her badassary there.
Anyone well acquainted with the Justice League animated series will remember Hawkgirl. Though her identity character has gone through a few too many revisions, the foundation of an irrepressible badass remains. Shayera Hol of Thanagar wields a mace made of Nth metal, which she uses to bash things, villains, and nefarious plot devices.
Tigra’s powers are the result of a combination of science, magic, and mental energy. She is super-strong, super-fast, has retractable claws and is skilled in the mystic arts to the point that the Eye of Agamotto put her forward as a potential replacement for Doctor Strange as Sorcerer Supreme.
As far as the whole princess-turned-rogue theme goes, Starfire is the belle of the ball and first rose to fame as a member of the Teen Titans. Born Koriand’r, Starfire was in line to rule before a family-feud-inspired chain of events saw her fall to Earth and embrace her newfound status as a relative nobody. Her powers include super-strength, flight, and ability to emit ultraviolet force beams through her hands and eyes.
Helena Bertinelli’s Huntress, had an incredibly traumatic upbringing. The daughter of a mob boss, she was kidnapped and raped as a child, then saw her entire family killed as a teenager. This is what pushes Helena to take up the mantle of Huntress in an effort to eradicate the mob in Gotham City. Helena has been a member of the Batman family, the Birds of Prey, Checkmate, the Justice League of America and the Outsiders.
18. Thor (Jane Foster)
Jane Foster is still a noob at being Thor but has long existed as that one thing that keeps the old God of Thunder coming back to Midgard. Except now she’s the one wielding Mjolnir in all its hammer-y goodness, possessing the same strength, speed, flight, and mastery over lightning that made the son of Odin such a fierce warrior. Jane is revealed to be worthy to wield Thor’s hammer Mjolnir after Thor no longer is. During this period, she adopts the name Thor, the Goddess of Thunder and joins the Avengers.
We’re eagerly waiting for the studios to weave storylines around them too.