Have you ever watched the Avengers movies and thought, “Damn, I wish there was a movie for Black Widow?” You aren’t alone. In a world where women are beginning to empower themselves and turning away from the outdated (stereotypical) idea of “woman of the house,” you would think that we could have at least a couple female superheroes on the big screen by now.
While marvel has released news that they are bringing out Captain Marvel for her own movie in March of 2019, it seems a little late. Not unappreciated, but late. On the DC side of things, we are getting Wonder Woman, and it appears that we may finally get a female superhero (in her own movie) kicking ass instead of being relegated to being simply eye candy. As the first movie during this time to feature a female superhero, DC has a huge burden on its shoulders. They will be setting the stage for future movies and they will be heavily critiqued by their audiences–especially women, like myself.
So what exactly am I looking for in a female superhero movie? First of all, an independent woman who does not rely on a man to get things done. Furthermore, let’s break away from the male gaze. Let’s stop focusing on how much we can sexualize women and show just how powerful women can be. Let her be angry, let her be badass and most important of all, show that she is human just like the rest of us. With a cinema world full of male superheroes, I don’t have a female superhero I can really relate to that even has her own movie. I want to see a woman who struggles with the similar things I struggle with in life and still manage to pull herself up and fight. Not only is this important for women like myself, it is important for our children, too.
I want to get rid of the stigma that superheroes movies and comics are only for boys. Let’s show our young girls that they can be just as awesome, just as kick-ass and just as smart as the rest of them, because the sad fact is that girls grow up believing that they are weaker. Our girls need a role model too, someone they can look to and cheer on who doesn’t have to be a princess and doesn’t have to have to be the damsel in distress. I want to get rid of this notion that young girls can only have their “happily-ever-after” if they are rescued by a handsome man who whisks them off their feet and in return they marry said hero. I strongly believe that young girls should be shown that they can be their own hero.
Give me a story where the woman achieves her own happily-ever-after, or maybe not so happy, but she got there on her own merits. Give me healthy relationships between a man and a woman; a woman and a woman; a man and a man or maybe they don’t need love at all.
If nothing else, just give us some badass female superheroes that get their chance in the spotlight for once.