After seeing the trailer for the new Wonder Woman movie I’m pretty darned pumped and extremely disappointed that it’s not being released until June 2017. Why should I care? Because we all need heroes and the great woman needs an action heroine just as much as your average great man. I cut my reading teeth on my brother’s extensive collection of superhero comic books and I still hold out dreams of creating my own crime-fighting superheroine. The genre is alive and well – I’ve just brought home a Batwoman graphic novel with a feature role for Wonder Woman. They are decidedly muscular clearly the gym culture has influenced the illustrator. The glimpse I had from the new Wonder Woman trailer was an entirely different species than the Lynda Carter tv version of the ‘70s whose bustier always looked like it was about to fall down which I believe was most of the appeal of the show. In this new version she looks like she could take just about anyone down and more to the point, really wants to.
Kathy Kane, a.k.a. Batwoman, was first introduced in the ‘50s to counter any notion that with the introduction of Robin to the Batman storyline that the twosome might be mistaken for being gay. She had a strong start and then disappeared until 2006, coming back as lesbian this time around. A nice way to close the homophobic chapter.
Normally, I would be turned-off by the over-sexualization of the female body, which just about drives me crazy in every other circumstance, but in this realm the extreme physical perfection of the human species is entirely right. The male counterparts couldn’t be more perfect – they all look like Olympic swimmers and it doesn’t get better than that. A super-buff, perfectly proportioned, long-haired beauty who can kickass is just what we readers want to see.
When Angelina Jolie launched Lara Croft into the movie world I still remember women talking about her buff look and how that was the new ideal. At the time, and if I remember correctly, actresses seemed to be in a battle to the bottom of the weight scale and so Lara Croft was a welcome relief. Kick boxing took off just after that movie and isn’t that a nice counterpoint to pole dancing. I believe Lara is returning to the silver screen soon – we will hope for a worthy version.
A superheroine post would not be complete without a modern incarnation – Helen Parr, stay-at-home superheroine/mom – Elastigirl. With Holly Hunter’s confident voice bringing Helen to life she’s the most relatable with her wide hips and practical bob. Her family-first motto and fearlessness in the face of danger, coaching her kids to be just as fearless is lesson in good parenting. We have to wait until 2019 for the next instillation.
Are there any other superheroines out there that I don’t know about? Please let me know. There aren’t nearly enough and I can only hope there are some clever young graphic artists out there who are madly crafting the next generation of superwomen.