We love us some heroic feminine icons in pop culture! From Wonder Woman to Supergirl and beyond, there are a ton of powerful female superheroes that we absolutely adore. In honor of the massive success of "Wonder Woman," Wonderwall.com is taking a look at the best female superheroes of our time. Read on!
Wonder Woman has finally made it to the big screen! More than 70 years after the character's DC Comics debut — and 42 years after "The Adventures of Wonder Woman" TV series premiered — Israeli actress Gal Gadot is playing the Amazonian princess and her alter ego, Diana Prince, in the 2017 action-adventure film "Wonder Woman." As a former member of the Israeli army with combat training experience, it seems this role was tailor-made for Gal! She told Collider in March 2017 that this character seemed to always be an aspiration for her: "Somehow I think that I always wished to play Wonder Woman, without even knowing it myself."
The paragon of female superhero power was embodied by the original Wonder Woman, who was portrayed by Lynda Carter on TV's "Wonder Woman" from 1975 to 1979. In May 2017, Lynda posed with the new Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot, on the red carpet at the film's premiere. "I'm very excited — I feel like I just passed the baton to the anchor in the relay race in the Olympics," Lynda told People magazine of seeing Gal take on the iconic role.
It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's Supergirl! Melissa Benoist plays the titular character, who was born Kara Zor-El, in the show that debuted on The CW in 2015. Like her cousin Superman, Supergirl is Kryptonian, which means she posses superhuman strength, speed and stamina as well as X-ray vision and superhearing. Yup, a powerful lady all around.
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In 1997, 21-year-old Alicia Silverstone played Batgirl — a rebellious, crime-fighting computer-science enthusiast — in "Batman and Robin." Though, like Batman, Batgirl possesses no supernatural powers, she is endowed with incredible speed, flexibility and strength. Alicia would love another opportunity to play the character. "I feel like I could do a much better Batgirl now than I did then," she told USA Today in March 2017. "It would be fun to tackle it again because I'm older and my acting is better. I know I would bring so much more to it." Let's get the band back together!
Elizabeth Olsen portrayed the first female Avenger with superpowers in the Marvel franchise, beginning with "Avengers: Age of Ultron" in 2015 and "Captain America: Civil War" in 2016. Her character, Wanda Maximoff, has the superhero alias Scarlet Witch. Scarlet Witch's chief power is her ability to warp reality with energy that manifests in her hands. Elizabeth told People in 2016, "What I like about Wanda is the idea of her being terrified of her own abilities — it's really fun to play with."
In Kate Mara's most high-profile role to date, the actress portrayed geneticist and superhero Sue Storm, aka The Invisible Woman, in 2015's "Fantastic Four" remake. Although the film flopped at the box office, we still love this character. Sue Storm's primary power, which emerged after she was exposed to a cosmic storm, allows her to become invisible and make others invisible.
Jessica Alba played Sue Storm back in the 2005 "Fantastic Four" film as well as its 2007 sequel. The first one brought in nearly $200 million at the box office but received fairly negative reviews from critics. Roger Ebert gave the movie one star. Ouch.
Jennifer Garner portrayed Elektra Natchios in "Daredevil" in 2003 and reprised her role in "Elektra" in 2005. Elektra, a master of martial arts and weaponry, is a trained assassin and fervent feminine force.
Halle Berry played the villainous superhero Catwoman in the eponymous (and critically bashed) 2004 film loosely based on the DC Comics character. In the old comic version, Catwoman is known as both a superhero and a villain: She begins her career as a thief then shifts over to the righteous side to fight crime with her stealth and combat skills. In the film, Catwoman has actual superpowers of speed, agility and heightened senses.
Before Halle Berry, Michelle Pfeiffer portrayed iconic femme fatale Catwoman , aka Selina Kyle, in 1992's "Batman Returns." The role was later reprised by Anne Hathaway in 2012's "The Dark Knight Rises."
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" first came to life in the 1992 comedy horror movie about a valley girl cheerleader named Buffy who hunts vampires. The role was played by Kristy Swanson. Five years later, the film was developed into the beloved TV series of the same name, which ran from 1997 to 2003. Sarah Michelle Gellar will always be remembered for playing the impressive teen heroine.
Scarlett Johansson slays as Black Widow in "Iron Man 2," "The Avengers," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Captain America: Civil War." Scarlett spoke to Variety in 2016 about exploring the possibility of a standalone Black Widow movie. "I would like for it to happen under the right circumstances. I think there's a lot of opportunity to mine that storyline. She's got a really rich origins story. There's a lot of places you can go — you can bring it back to Russia. You could explore the Widow program. There's all kinds of stuff that you could do with it."
Mutant superhero Kitty Pryde was played by Ellen Page in 2006's "X-Men: The Last Stand" and 2014's "X-Men: Days of Future Past." Kitty Pryde has the supernatural ability to "phase" herself through solid matter — like walls and floors. She also has the power to alter people's states of consciousness and travel through time.
Jennifer Lawrence put on a stellar performance as Raven Darkholme aka Mystique in the second trilogy of "X-Men" films. In the franchise, Mystique is a shapeshifting antihero whose powers limit the rate at which she ages. Many people would pay big money for that power, no?!
And in another shade of blue… Rebecca Romijn portrayed the character of Mystique in the first trilogy of "X-Men" films. The costume process to transform into the powerful antiheroine was intense. Rebecca told Entertainment Weekly, "What's hard is acting behind all those prosthetics on my face, because I don't know if I'm getting across what I'm trying to, because of all the silicone. It's like exterior Botox without the needle. I should market it."
Halle Berry has played the mutant superhero Storm four times in the "X-Men" franchise. Ororo Munroe, aka Storm, possesses a bevy of magical powers, including psionic control over the weather and the gift of flight.
Hayden Panettiere portrayed Claire Bennet, a young teen with the superpower of magical healing, on the NBC psychological thriller "Heroes." She could regenerate herself and then save others by doing the same. The show ran from 2006 to 2010.
Krysten Ritter stars on Netflix's "Jessica Jones" as the titular Marvel antihero. In this series, Jessica Jones opens up her own detective agency after her superhero career comes to an end. Jessica has the power of superstrength and resistance to physical injury.
In the animated Disney/Pixar film "The Incredibles," protagonist Helen Parr, aka Elastigirl, is the matriarch of her family of superheroes. She's married to Mr. Incredible, making her Mrs. Incredible. As evidenced by her name, Elastigirl has the superpower of flexibility — in addition to shapeshifting and superhuman strength. The character is voiced by Holly Hunter.