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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 as Jean Grey/Phoenix

Famke Janssen as Jean Grey/Phoenix

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.

Sophie Turner as Jean Grey

Sophie Turner as Jean Grey

X-Men: Apocalypse

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)

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman

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)

Wonder Woman (2011)

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.

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

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)

Julie Newmar as Catwoman

Julie Newmar as Catwoman

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 - Anne Hathaway

Catwoman - Anne Hathaway

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!
::ahem::
Sorry.

Poison Ivy - Batman & Robin

Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy

Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy

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)

Helen Slater as Supergirl

Helen Slater as Supergirl

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

Laura Vandervoort as Supergirl

Laura Vandervoort as Supergirl

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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)

Melissa Benoist as Supergirl

Melissa Benoist as Supergirl

Now we have the almost picture perfect Melissa Benoist as Supergirl on the CBS TV show, "Supergirl".

Witchblade - 2001

Yancy Butler as Sara Pezzini (Witchblade)

Yancy Butler as Sara Pezzini (Witchblade)

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?

Poster from the rumored Witchblade movie

Poster from the rumored Witchblade movie


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

Yvonne Craig as Batgirl

Yvonne Craig as Batgirl

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

Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl

Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl

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.
Huh?

Batgirl - Birds of Prey

Dina Meyer as Batgirl/Oracle

Dina Meyer as Batgirl/Oracle

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)

Brigitte Nielsen as Red Sonja

Brigitte Nielsen as Red Sonja

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.

Red Sonja Teaser Poster

Red Sonja Teaser Poster

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!

Meiling Melançon as Psylocke in X-Men: The Last Stand

Meiling Melançon as Psylocke in X-Men: The Last Stand

Psylocke

Does Psylocke appear in film?
Yeah...kinda.
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 as Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse,

Olivia Munn as Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse,

Olivia Munn was an almost picture perfect Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

Black Canary - Legends of the Superheroes

Danuta Wesley as Black Canary

Danuta Wesley as Black Canary

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

Lori Loughlin as Black Canary

Lori Loughlin as Black Canary

Back to Birds of Prey again where Lori Loughlin played their version of the Black Canary.

Black Canary - Smallville

Alaina Huffman as Black Canary

Alaina Huffman as Black Canary

Then on season seven of Smallville, Alaina Huffman did their version of her.

Caity Lotz (left) and Katie Cassidy (right) as Sara Lance (Canary) and Dinah Laurel Lance (Black Canary)

Caity Lotz (left) and Katie Cassidy (right) as Sara Lance (Canary) and Dinah Laurel Lance (Black Canary)

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

Ashley Scott as the Huntress

Ashley Scott as the Huntress

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

Jessica De Gouw as the Huntress on Arrow

Jessica De Gouw as the Huntress on 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 as the Invisible Woman

Jessica Alba as the Invisible Woman

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

Serinda Swan as Zatanna

Serinda Swan as Zatanna

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)

Finola Hughes as Emma Frost

Finola Hughes as Emma Frost

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

Hopefully we'll get to see more of Tahyna Tozzi as Emma

Hopefully we'll get to see more of Tahyna Tozzi as Emma

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

January Jones, Emma Frost the White Queen

January Jones, Emma Frost the White Queen