We can all agree that Wonder Woman was the standout character in Batman v. Superman, right? In her limited screen-time she more than held her own against both of the men, and Gal Gadot (Fast and Furious) proved the perfect choice to take on this iconic role.
With this in mind, we cannot wait to see her solo outing this June. But we’ve also got to thinking, what took so long? And for that matter, why have so few female superheroes been given the chance to shine on their own? If you’ve been wondering the same thing then look no further, as we’ve prepared a list of the incredible female superheroes who deserve to have movies of their own.
It wouldn’t be an accurate list without the inclusion of Black Widow now would it? Since the Marvel Cinematic Universe first introduced Natasha Romanoff in Iron Man 2, she has more than proven her worth against the other Avengers, having appeared in five Marvel movies to date.
And yet, she always seems to exist in order to support the male lead of any given film, rarely being given her own moment in the spotlight. With many of her teammates being given multiple solo ventures you’d be forgiven for questioning when Black Widow’s own moment will come.
But with Marvel head Kevin Feige stating that he’s fully committed to the possibility of a solo venture, and Scarlett Johansson admitting to Variety that “I would like for it to happen under the right circumstances. I think there’s a lot of opportunity to mine that storyline” might we be getting our wish sooner rather than later? Just as long as it doesn’t turn out like this, we’ll be happy.
Storm is arguably one of the most popular X-Men characters, and for good reason. With her lifespan in the comics spanning over 40 years, she certainly has more than enough backstory to lead her own movie. To date, Wolverine is the only one of the X-Men to lead his own solo outing, but we believe that if anybody is deserving of their own moment it has to be Storm.
Despite appearing in numerous films to date, she has yet to receive the attention she deserves, and primarily services as a background role. With Storm being one of the most interesting characters within the X-Men universe, it’s even more surprising that so little of her backstory has been revealed to movie audiences so far.
There are so many potential avenues that a solo film could take, and with Halle Berry sharing with Deadline that “if that ever became an opportunity for me if it’s before I’m 65 years old I would absolutely do that”, is it time for an new origins story to be shared with the world? Best to start campaigning now!
Not to be confused with Captain Marvel, the 2019 release set to star Kong: Skull Island’s Brie Larson, Ms Marvel is in fact Kamala Khan, the first Muslim character ever to headline their own comic book.
Khan did in fact make her first appearance within a Captain Marvel comic, before going on to star in her own solo comic series as of February 2014. Ms Marvel and her creators have even been praised by Barack Obama after co-creator Sana Amanat introduced him at a reception for Women’s History Month in March 2016, with Obama stating that “Ms. Marvel may be your comic book creation, but I think for a lot of young boys and girls, Sana’s a real superhero.”
Khan made her television debut in the third season of the animated Avengers Assemble series, but we think she’d be the perfect candidate for her own movie, helping to inspire a new generation of young people.
First introduced in the comics as the daughter of Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon, Barbara Gordon has been treated to numerous incarnations over the years, with the most recent of these being The LEGO Batman Movie where she was voiced by Daredevil’s Rosario Dawson.
Gordon has been described as one of the most popular characters to appear within the Silver Age of Comic Books, and was used as an advocate for women’s rights during the early 1970s. Given her prominence within popular culture over the years, it seems surprising that she hasn’t been given her own solo outing. Our current pitch: a sequel to The LEGO Batman Movie, but with Batgirl as the leader. After all, there’s no such thing as too many LEGO movies.
Logan might’ve been Hugh Jackman’s swan song (we still haven’t recovered) but a new star has arrived in Dafne Keen, the young actress who played X-23. Largely mute for the first half of the film, Keen more than held her own alongside Jackman and Patrick Stewart, and is the perfect X-23 in our eyes.
With numerous discussions taking place about who could take over as Wolverine in Jackman’s absence, we have just one answer - X-23. Future replacements will only follow in his shadow, whilst X-23 is already there and holds so much potential for development.
Both James Mangold and Dafne Keen seem invested in the future of X-23, with Mangold telling Collider, “I certainly think it would be exciting to see Dafne pick up this character a few years down the line and see her living with a lot of the emotional things that happened to her in this movie and defined her”. We’re keeping our fingers crossed!
Supergirl might’ve had her own movie back in 1984, but with the DCTV series introducing Kara Danvers to a whole new younger audience (starring Melissa Benoist), we think it’s time for a reboot.
Sure, Evangeline Lilly's character is appearing in the Ant-Man sequel, but just think how cool it would be to see her out on her own?
Check out our breakdown of the new Wonder Woman trailer and tell us about your favourite women superheroes who deserve their own movies. With the film out on 2nd June, you've got plenty of time!
Hannah Dixon is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.