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From Wonder Woman to Lady Thor, the New Generation of Female Caped Crusaders Are All About the Girl Power

It may have taken a few too many decades, but it looks like the age of male-dominated superheroes is coming to an untimely end. That’s right, we are seeing the rise of a whole new generation of female superhero rivals, which are the epitome of girl power. What’s more, it looks like these super girls are here to well and truly stay.

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Earlier this year at the San Diego Comic-Con convention, there were a few bombshell announcements by the likes of Marvel and DC Comics. In fact, the comic powerhouses revealed a brand new line-up of female caped crusaders that are set to dominate our movie and TV screens. From a Wonder Woman sequel to the introduction of a Lady Thor; let’s see what we can expect from this expanding genre of female superheroes.

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman 1984

After Gal Gadot swooped onto our screens to save the day in the DC Comics blockbusting hit Wonder Woman in 2017, she really set the bar astronomically high. As we followed the princess of the Amazons on her journey to a superhuman female warrior, we were all hooked. The movie was the epitome of girl power, and Gal proved to be a tough and resilient caped warrior. She also proved to be an inspiration for a whole generation of young girls.

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The film also shattered a few records, achieved worldwide acclaim and grossed over $800 million in the box offices. Gal Gadot has also made her mark on the comic universe by appearing in other superhero spin-offs like Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. However, we were all blown away to hear she will be reprising the role of the acclaimed character in the sequel, Wonder Woman 1984, which is set for release in 2020.

Scarlett Johansson in Blackwidow

After seven years of portraying Natasha Romanoff, aka the Black Widow in the action Avengers series; Scarlett Johansson is set to reprise the role in her first standalone Marvel movie. The much-anticipated Black Widow film will be a prequel to the Avengers story and will explore the character’s unique backstory. For avid fans, this project has actually been a long time coming…

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Scarlett explained why the timing was finally right for her to unleash this female Avenger on her first solo outing. The project was as much about her own personal growth as the characters’ growth. She said. “this incarnation of Natasha in all of her strength and her vulnerability, and the strengths she finds in her vulnerability is something that I don’t think I could’ve done 10 years ago.” 

Ruby Rose as Batwoman

When Ruby Rose first took over the mantle of Batwoman in the much-anticipated superhero series, she sent shock waves through the comic scene. Ruby made history by playing the first female LGBTQ superhero lead. She also really took the phrase “with great power comes great responsibility” to heart.

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Ruby Rose first stepped into her batsuit in season 5 of The Flash. Now she has assumed the character of Kate Kane, and her crime-fighting alter ego again in the standalone series, Batwoman. Many have speculated that this Batwoman is a “first for a lot of things,” including feminism and being LGBTQ. Still, Ruby says that “I think that there’s something in it for everyone to relate to… different parts of different people.” Ruby is setting out to prove that her character is more than just a one-dimensional crime-fighting crusader.

Natalie Portman as Lady Thor

Natalie Portman is no stranger to the superhero universe either. She previously starred as a mysterious love interest Jane Foster in the first two Thor movies. After a short break, it now looks like she’s set to return to the Marvel superhero universe once again. Nonetheless, instead of playing a love interest; she will appear as Lady Thor, the Goddess of Thunder in the next edition of the franchise, Thor: Love and Thunder.

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Although Lady Thor won’t be taking over the Thor mantle exclusively, she will be starring alongside Chris Hemsworth as the original Thor. Still, in a true testament to girl power, she is referred to as Mighty Thor, and she will assume the god of thunder’s powers for herself. The premise for the movie already looks like a hit and is set for the big screen in 2021. So watch this space.