Birds of Prey and female-led heroines

Birds of Prey and female-led heroines

This week (06) the new DC Comics film,. With female protagonists and a script, the new feature also has a director, Cathy Yan. The change has caught the attention of fans since the first images and trailers, which show a very different visual identity from the considered predecessor, of 2016.

Superheroes and villains dominated the big screen, with female lead and protagonists. After the well-placed bets with Wonder Woman in 2017, starring Gal Gadot and directed by Patty Jenkins, the producers realized that girls also like comics and started investing in the format. Therefore, Peixe Urbano selected productions that deserve to be highlighted:

Heroine films directed by women

Birds of Prey: Harlequin and its Fantastic Emancipation (DC Comics)

The Aves de Rapina images show a production full of strong women and feminist script. The anti-heroines Harlequin (Margot Robbie), Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) wear clothes consistent with the characters and do not go through “revealing” scenes. A counterpoint to Suicide Squad, a film directed by David Ayer that also features Harlequin as one of the main stars, widely criticized for inappropriate close-ups and provocative clothes.

Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman 1984 (DC Comics)

One of the pioneers in the format of heroines in theaters, it was one of the most praised DC Comics films of recent times. Diana, warrior princess of the Amazons, is a strong woman who came to protect defenseless men in the First World War. Now, she returns to the second part, Wonder Woman 1984. Still with no synopsis released, fans expect an atmosphere in the 80s, full Cold War, and the same feminist format.

Captain Marvel (Marvel)

One of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe, was introduced just before the end of the third phase of the MCU. The film shows how she gained her powers, and where she was during the first films of the Avengers franchise (defending the rest of the universe). Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, it came to be rejected by the feminist statements of the protagonist, Brie Larson. In this way, the production could not be different: full of criticism and strong female characters.

Black Widow (Marvel)

Known for being part of the original Avengers formation since 2012, this year the character finally gains prominence and own production. The feature takes place shortly after the events of when there is a disagreement between the main ones. Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) goes on a mission where she meets her Russian family, showing a little more of the character’s mysterious past. Directed by Cate Shortland, the film promises to show that it doesn’t take superpowers, being a man or wearing short clothes to be a superhero.