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?