Female Superheroes Brought to Life
Live action female superheroes!
Continuing on with the beautiful women of comics, what about the live-action portrayal of these women?
Yes, many fan-favorites have been brought to life on the big screen and on the small screen.
Of course back in the beginning, the guys grabbed all the big productions.
You had The Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941), Batman (1943), The Phantom (1943), Captain America (1944), and Superman (1948).
The women there were pretty much just damsels in distress.
Yeah, Lois Lane showed up, but she and Jimmy Olsen just gave Supes something too do.
Heck, Batgirl/Barbara Gordon didn't even show up on the Batman TV series till the third season of the show.
So here are some of the ladies that made the jump from the printed page to the big (and small) screen.
Jean Grey / Phoenix - The X-Men Films
Famke Janssen was the lady that brought Jean Grey/Phoenix to life in X-Men, X2: X-Men United, and X-Men: The Last Stand.
One of the better translations from the comic to the big screen in my opinion.
In X-Men: Apocalypse we got a younger version of Jean portrayed by Sophie Turner.
And we even got a hint of Dark Phoenix again.
Wonder Woman (1970s)
Who can forget Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman in the Wonder Woman television series?
No one evidently.
Whenever you hear anything brought up about a Wonder Woman movie, Lynda is almost always mentioned.
At five foot nine, 122-130 pounds and measuring 38-25-35, she filled out the red, white and blue costume quite well.
Wonder Woman (2011)
Now Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights)will be bringing the Amazon Princess to life in David E. Kelly's new Wonder Woman pilot.
The story and the outfit has caused some controversy among internet comic book fans, to the point of the costume being changed.
Though the producers seem to be downplaying the idea that outrage caused the change.
Wonder Woman (2016)
In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Gal Gadot will portray the Amazon Princess.
This time in a costume that looks a little bit like the comics and a little bit like another Warrior Princess, Xena.
Not only will Gal be Wonder Woman in 2016, but she will also get to be Diana in a solo movie, Wonder Woman (2017).
Catwoman - Batman (1960s)
Catwoman has shown up several times, but my favorite is the 1960s TV version.
Julie Newmar owned Catwoman like Lynda Carter owned Wonder Woman in my opinion.
Catwoman - The Dark Knight Rises
Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises at Amazon
In The Dark Knight Rises (2012) the lovely Anne Hathaway became the sixth actress to portray Selina Kyle aka Catwoman.
I have no problem with this because at least Anne is a BRUNETTE!
Poison Ivy - Batman & Robin
Okay...I know Poison Ivy isn't technically a hero.
Well...she could be an anti-hero.
Uma Thurman played Poison Ivy in the film Batman & Robin....
I think she may have been the only bright spot in that film.
Oh she camped it up to be sure, but compared to the rest of the film...she was gold.
Supergirl - (Supergirl 1984)
Kara Zor-El made it to the big screen in another failed venture, 1984's Supergirl.
Really I didn't think Helen Slater was bad as the Maid of Might, and had the story been better we might have actually had a good movie here.
Supergirl - Smallville
Of course Helen isn't the only live action Supergirl.
In the 2007-2008 season of Smallville, Kara appeared on the small screen portrayed by Laura Vandervoort.
She made her "pseudo-costume" look good, but how many fans would have loved to have seen her in the full comic book costume?
Whatever it was at the time...Kara changes costumes quite a bit.
Supergirl (CBS 2016)
Now we have the almost picture perfect Melissa Benoist as Supergirl on the CBS TV show, "Supergirl".
Witchblade - 2001
Yancy Butler starred as Sara Pezzini, the then possessor of the Witchblade in the 2001 series on TNT.
I really didn't think the show was half bad, but it was canceled in 2002.
The rumor was that it had to do with Yancy's alcohol addiction.
But it was the Witchblade, why didn't they just pass it on to another user?
There's a rumored Witchblade film in the works, but despite a teaser poster and a website, I can't find a lot on it.
Looking at the poster, it seems they want Hallie Berry to star.
Batgirl - 1960s Batman
As I mentioned earlier, Batgirl showed up on the third season of Batman, played by Yvonne Craig.
Sadly, Yvonne passed away on August 19th, 2015
Batgirl - Batman & Robin
Batgirl returned again in the ill-fated Batman & Robin movie, this time portrayed by Alicia Silverstone.
Of course in addition to screwing up the movie, they screwed up the character, making her Barbara Wilson, Alfred's niece.
Batgirl - Birds of Prey
Batgirl also appeared in the WB TV show Birds of Prey as Oracle played by the beautiful Dina Meyer.
But Barbara did get to suit up once and we got to see a more faithful Batgirl on the screen.
Harley Quinn debuted on Batman: The Animated Series,but we got to see Harley in real life on the before-mentioned Birds of Prey, played by Mia Sara.
But other than calling the Joker "Mr J", she didn't have a lot in common with her animated counter-part.
Red Sonja (1985)
The She-Devil with a Sword, Red Sonja was brought to life in the 1985 film entitled (appropriately enough) Red Sonja.
There she was played by Brigitte Nielsen.
Sonja is set for a remake, with Rose McGowan as the beautiful barbarian.
The good thing here is that it's being produced by Robert Rodriguez!
Does Psylocke appear in film?
Meiling Melançon played Psylocke in X-Men: The Last Stand, even though in the original script, her character isn't called Psylocke.
But, on Brett Ratner's commentary on the DVD release, he says that she is Psylocke.
Olivia Munn was an almost picture perfect Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Black Canary - Legends of the Superheroes
Even though BC was created in 1947, the blonde bombshell really hasn't gotten much screen time.
She has appeared on the small screen a few times though.
In 1979, Danuta Wesley played her on the really bad NBC live-action version of Super Friends, Legends of the Superheroes.
Black Canary - Birds of Prey
Back to Birds of Prey again where Lori Loughlin played their version of the Black Canary.
Black Canary - Smallville
Then on season seven of Smallville, Alaina Huffman did their version of her.
On the CW's Arrow, we get not one but two Black Canaries.
Caity Lotz as Sara Lance (Canary) and Katie Cassidy as Dinah Laurel Lance (Black Canary).
Sara has gone on to become White Canary on Legends of Tomorrow and Laurel.....died.
However....rumor has it that like in the comics (sorta), Earth 2's Black Siren may wind up becoming Earth 1's Black Canary
Huntress - Birds of Prey
Birds of Prey also had their own version of Huntress (played by Ashley Scott) who was based more or less on the Helena Wayne version of the character.
Although on Birds of Prey she was called Helena Kyle because she was the daughter of Batman and Catwoman.
Ala Smallville they had to mess with the character giving her superpowers and making her eyes turn cat-like when she sprang into action.
But Ashley Scott was such a sexy Huntress I really didn't care.
I would have loved to see her try her hand at Catwoman.
Huntress - Arrow
The CW TV show Arrow has a version of Huntress too.
While nowhere near as hot as the Birds of Prey version, this one is a lot closer to the comic book version that most people are familiar with.
This Huntress is played by Jessica De Gouw.
Invisible Woman - The Fantastic Four (2005)
Jessica Alba portrayed Sue Storm-Richards in the 2005 film The Fantastic Four and in the 2007 sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
They stayed pretty faithful to the character I think, and Jessica made a good Sue.
With the announced reboot, someone else will get a shot at the role.
Zatanna - Smallville
Zatanna Zatara showed up on the episode "Hex" in the eighth season of Smallville played by the stunning Serinda Swan.
The physical look was pretty much dead on, which is unique for Smallville.
White Queen / Emma Frost (1996)
The gorgeous mutant that only shops at Victoria's Secret and The White Store has had a few appearances.
Emma Frost showed up in the 1996 live-action television movie, Generation X played by Finola Hughes (General Hospital, All My Children).
Then when Bryan Singer was still attached to X-Men: The Last Stand, he wanted Sigourney Weaver as the White Queen.
White Queen (?) Tahyna Tozzi - X-Men Origins: Wolverine
And in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Tahyna Tozzi plays a character listed in the credits as "Kayla's sister/Emma".
In the film Tahyna does exhibit the White Queen's ability to turn into organic diamond (which I personally think is a stupid add-on ability).
But I do think Tahyna would make a fine White Queen.
White Queen - January Jones
In X-Men: First Class, Emma was brought to life in the 1960s (which totally screws up any time line but hey, go for it guys!) by Mad Men's January Jones.
Visually a pretty good match.
Black Widow - Iron Man 2
In Iron Man 2 we got to see one of my all time favorite female superheroes make the jump to the big screen.
The Black Widow.
The Widow was fleshed out (ahem) by the lovely Scarlett Johansson.
Natalia "Natasha" Alianovna Romanova was also in the Avengers movie, AND there is talk of a Black Widow solo film as well.
Storm - X-Men Films
Halle Berry appeared as Storm in the movies X-Men, X2: X-Men United, and X-Men: The Last Stand.
Really that's all I have to say about that because the movie Storm never came close to the comic's Storm or heck...even the 1990s X-Men cartoon Storm.
Although to her credit, it's rumored that Halle did try to get more character development into the story, but just wound up arguing with original X-Men director Bryan Singer.
In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, there is a scene that was cut from the final release where Stryker's team is interrogating people in Africa while searching for adamantium and a young white-haired child is seen watching the interrogations while a storm begins to brew.
If you look really fast in X-Men: First Class, you'll see her when Charles Xavier and Magneto use Cerebro and find mutants for the team.
A white haired child (again) is shown writing in a journal.
In the 2016 film X-Men: Apocalypse, Ororo Munroe / Storm was played by Alexandra Shipp
Gamora - Guardians of the Galaxy
In the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film, Zoe Saldana will be playing "The Most Dangerous Woman in the Universe", Gamora.
Zoe has appeared in several action films...but I really don't think she would have been my first choice for Gamora.
Although my image of Gamora is stuck back in the old Jim Starlin days so what do I know?
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman - Batman vs. Superman
In Zack Snyder's upcoming Batman vs. Superman, the Amazon Princess Wonder Woman will be portrayed by 110 pound, 34-24-34 Israeli actress and model Gal Gadot.
Yeah...that's a might small for a woman that's supposed to be able to go toe to toe with Superman.
Of course she will probably be wearing layers of body armor as most heroes do these days so you probably wont see more than her face.
I say she doesn't give off the Wonder Woman vibe would be an understatement.
But in a show of class, the "real" Wonder Woman Lynda Carter, posted on her face book wall congradulating Gal and saying that she is sure she will do a wonderful job.
The El Palacio de Hierro commercial starring Wonder Woman, Catwoman, and Batgirl
This commercial was made for the Mexican department store chain El Palacio de Hierro and features the 1960 Batgirl, the 1960 Catwoman, and the Lynda Carter Wonder Woman.
You gotta admit, whoever did this, was either a huge fan or did a LOT of research.
Wonder Woman, Catwoman, and Batgirl
Amber Heard as Mera
Here is one of the best comic book to screen adaptations I have seen so far.
Amber Heard as Mera in the Justice League movie.
This is pretty dead on and Amber looks great as Aquaman's queen.