In the comic book world of good versus bad, the role of women has never been solely confined to that of the hapless girlfriend or damsel in distress.
Strong female characters like Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Zoe Saldana's Gamora, and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, have championed that sentiment within the recent revival of live-action superhero films. But to the frustration of countless fans, our big-screen heroines have consistently been taking a backseat and starring only in supporting roles alongside their male counterparts.
Thankfully however, that’s all changing. And the proof is in the Comic Con spread from the weekend.
DC Comics took the opportunity to release a trailer for their new Wonder Woman film, which sees Israeli actress Gal Gadot throw some seriously impressive moves.
Excitement for the film has been running high, and it's hardly a surprise given a Wonder Woman remake has been a very long time coming. Despite hitting the stands two decades after female fighter's comics first began captivating readers, the adventures of Spiderman and Iron Man have had a much more prominent role in recent cinema.
There have been five titular Spiderman films since 2002, while the Iron Man franchise has been just as lucrative with three of his own movies, two leading appearances in the Avengers series and one in the latest Captain America instalment. Her 1974 TV movie aside, Wonder Woman has yet to hit the silver screen as a lead character.
With her long-awaited debut slated for next year, DC’s rivals at Marvel are also moving in the same direction. Back in 2014, Marvel Studios' president Kevin Feige, struggled to explain why he had yet to produce a female-led superhero film despite numerous calls for one.
"I think it comes down to timing, which is what I’ve sort of always said, and it comes down to us being able to tell the right story," he told Comic Book Resources, "I very much believe in doing it."
After fan fury over the lack of a Black Widow spin-off a couple of years ago, Marvel have finally pulled through and their first female-led feature Captain Marvel, will be released in 2019 with Oscar-winner Brie Larson at its helm.
It must also be said that while there has been an absence of female leads in this genre of film, television has been more proactive with DC and Marvel respectively launching their Supergirl and Jessica Jones series last year.
Thankfully, times are changing, and Black Panther star Lupita Nyong’o knows it.
She shared a Comic Con photo featuring ten of her fellow “bad-ass Marvel mamas”, at the weekend, including her Black Panther co-star Danai Gurira, Spiderman actresses Laura Harrier and Zendaya, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’s Elizabeth Debicki, Pom Klementieff, Zoe Saldana and Karen Gillan and Doctor Strange stars Tilda Swinton and Rachel McAdams.