Boys around the world have plenty of heroes to look up to when they go out to the movies. From watching Captain America fight Hydra to looking on in awe as Batman defeats the criminals of Gotham City to Superman vanquishing General Zod and his cronies, there is no shortage of male superheroes on the big screen. Little girls around the world may have been wondering where their superhero role models have been.
There was a lot of disappointment when it became clear after the first Avengers movie that the character of Black Widow would not be getting her own standalone movie. The degree to which she thrashed the bad guys in that movie and in “Iron Man 2” certainly seemed to have earned her a place in her own film.
Female superhero fans around the world were given cause to rejoice with the appearance of Wonder Woman in the latest DC movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Unlike poor Black Widow, Wonder Woman will be getting her own movie that is scheduled to be released this June. Trailers are out for it, and it looks like it will be a box office winner for DC Comics.
In the latest female superhero news, Joss Whedon has signed on to direct a standalone film for Batgirl. This is fantastic news for fans of this character from her debut in DC Comics back in 1967 and her appearance in the old television show “Batman.” Joss Whedon is, of course, famous for directing such Marvel Cinematic Universe films as “The Avengers” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Now that he is crossing over to the DC Comics film franchise, it will be interesting to see how his new movie compares to the ones he has already done for DC Comics’ biggest competitor in this industry. One thing is certain, DC Comics has a leg up over Marvel in terms of shining a spotlight on strong, powerful female leads in their franchise.