As Diana of Themyscira storms the box office, five female superheroes wait in the wings
CAPTAIN MARVEL __ A hotshot pilot whose DNA was fused with that of the alien Kree (think Ronan The Accuser), Carol Danvers has superhuman strength, speed, flight, you name it. She’s Superman with better hair. Of course, she’s already heading to screens in 2019 with Brie Larson in the lead and Mississippi Grind co-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck set to direct — an emotionally intelligent combo that should fit Danvers’ steely charm.
BATGIRL __ Batgirl/barbara Gordon is a stalwart of the Teen Titans and Birds Of Prey super-groups, and proud owner of two hero personae: she was kicking ass as Batgirl, before spending years as wheelchair-bound, anti-crime mastermind Oracle (...it’s a long story). Get her right — cool, funny, fierce — and you clear a path to a Birds Of Prey franchise with Catwoman and Huntress. Joss Whedon, Justice League-allowing, will be attempting to do just that. He was announced as director, writer and producer of a 2018 Batgirl film in March.
GOTHAM CITY SIRENS __ David Ayer and Margot Robbie are set to reunite, post-
Suicide Squad, on a formidable girl-gangster team-up. Robbie’s Harley Quinn will be joined by fellow anti-heroines Catwoman and Poison Ivy. With Catwoman (mostly) working alongside Batman while Quinn struggles with her attraction to the Joker and Ivy tries to save the planet, there’s meaty in-fighting galore, but strangely touching mutual support too. They may have started off as straight-up villains, but they’re complicated, unapologetic women.
BLACK WIDOW __ There’s one Avenger there’s far, far too little of, and it’s Natasha Romanoff. We still know next to nothing about her, so give Scarlett Johansson her dues and let her unleash Natasha on a solo mission. The Itsy
Bitsy comics arc, in which she had to battle a would-be successor to her Black Widow role, would be a good starting point. Racked with guilt, and conflicted about her Avengers role, she’s firmly on Marvel’s dance card for the next few years.
SQUIRREL GIRL __ They made Ant-man and the one with the talking raccoon, so is it too much to demand they adapt the girl with squirrel-like powers? Powers such as scampering, tree-climbing and talking to other squirrels. Don’t underestimate her, though. In her time, she’s defeated Thanos with a massed squirrel attack (vicious claws, you know). She’d be the wittiest, zaniest hero of recent years, an antidote to superhero seriousness even more potent than Deadpool.
Diana, aka Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), is kicking box-office ass. Below: Cover stars Black Widow, Harley Quinn and Squirrel Girl.