A while back, someone asked me about the yellow-and-blue pin I wear on my jacket lapel. “It’s the Batgirl insignia,” I answered. This perplexed them. Was I trying to be politically correct? No -- Batgirl was just that cool.
It seems that Hollywood has finally gotten the message that female superheroes might be viable as stand-alone properties. Wonder Woman, the third most prominent DC Comics superhero after Batman and Superman, has a place on the 2017 release calendar, while Marvel has a Captain Marvel movie scheduled for 2018. They'll have strong lead-ins on the small screen: CBS’ Supergirl is getting rave reviews and Jessica Jones, debuting this week, is set up to be Netflix's next hit. But which female superheroes paved the way for them?
As Jessica Jones gets ready to smash preconceived notions and glaring cultural omissions, here are the superheroes who helped us arrive at this significant moment. Each deserves a second look, but especially number three, in case you run into someone wearing a Bat-pin.