Women’s Day: How Female Superheroes Are Ruling The Game Now? The Movies Which Helped To Shift The Attention To Female-Led Superheroes
Superman. Spider-Man. Batman. Iron Man. The superhero genre has been predominantly known as ‘boys’ club’, skewed toward a traditionally male demographic as they make their way to multiplexes.
But a shift has been witnessed in recent years, with studios banking on female characters — and seeing great returns for the investments.
Earlier, famous female superhero characters were introduced on the big screen as part of a team. Halle Berry, Famke Janssen and Anna Paquin were founding members of the X-MEN franchise, while Fantastic Four member Sue Storm was portrayed over the years by both Jessica Alba and Kate Mara for superhero adventures from 20th Century Fox.
Halle Berry also tried her hand at bringing Catwoman to life in a standalone DC villain movie. And Helen Slater broke serious ground when she played Supergirl in 1984, capitalizing on the success of the SUPERMAN franchise from Christopher Reeve.
Additionally, Fox also spun off a popular Marvel Comics character from its Daredevil origin story. Audiences responded so strongly to Jennifer Garner’s Elektra, the trained assassin, that she was given her own movie in 2005.
There are two major motion pictures that shifted the focus onto female-driven superhero movies. Warner Bros. was the first to bet big on a female hero when they spun Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman off of the BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE film and gave her a solo adventure in 2017. Wonder Woman is gearing up for her anticipated sequel, WONDER WOMAN 1984.
Marvel Studios also introduced a major female superhero last year. Brie Larson played Carol Danvers in CAPTAIN MARVEL, the first MCU movie to be led by a female superhero. Captain Marvel wasn’t the first female superhero in the MCU. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and more helped to blaze a trail for Carol Danvers to finally shine in her own film.
Released in March 2019, CAPTAIN MARVEL went on to cross the $1.1 billion mark at the box office, a staggering number for a character. Future movies include ETERNALS and a third GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY film, as well as an inevitable CAPTAIN MARVEL 2.
The success of WONDER WOMAN and CAPTAIN MARVEL at the box office seems to have empowered studios to roll the dice on even more female-driven superhero and comic book features.
Captain Marvel is set to premiere on 8th March 2020 for the First Time on Television at 1 PM and 9 PM only on Star Movies.
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