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10 Female Superheroes We Still Need to See Onscreen

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The landscape of superhero movies has continued to change at a surprising rate, with the stories of iconic and lesser-known characters getting adapted into other mediums. Amid the flux of franchise reboots, universe-ending events, and online chatter, one thing that has changed for the better is the landscape of female-fronted superhero adaptations. Kickstarted in the late 2010s with projects like the Wonder Woman movie and The CW’s Supergirl, the taboo of a superheroine-starring solo movie or show has begun to be broken. Just within the past few years, DC has given us live-action iterations of Birds of Prey, Stargirl, and Batwoman. The Marvel Cinematic Universe, meanwhile, debuted the Disney+ shows Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law last year, and have multiple female-fronted projects — The Marvels, Ironheart, Echo, and Agatha: Coven of Chaos — in the immediate pipeline.

Now that female superhero stories are continuing to be told, and the MCU and the newly-rebranded DCU are making plans for the years to come, the heroines whose stories have yet to be brought into a movie or television show have begun to be even more apparent. So, here are ten of DC and Marvel’s female characters who, for various reasons, are long-overdue to appear in the modern superhero era.

Silver Sable

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(Photo: Marvel Entertainment)

We can’t acknowledge Silver & Black without the other half of that equation — Silvijja Sablinova / Silver Sable. A mercenary and the leader of the eclectic group the Wild Pack, attempts at a Silver Sable solo movie also have not come to fruition thus yet.

Silver Sable’s comic-accurate adventures with the Wild Pack were enough to fill some fan-favorite comics over the years. After the success of projects like The Suicide Squad and Birds of Prey, there’s definitely an appetite for action-packed, morally-grey female superheroes — including Silver Sable.

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Zatanna

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Another DC character who fans have been eager to see hit the big screen is Zatanna Zatara, the legacy magician who has become a beloved member of teams like the Justice League of America and Justice League Dark. A live-action Zatanna movie has been in the works in some form or fashion since 2018, with Promising Young Woman‘s Emerald Fennell tapped to write the script, but it has yet to get any serious updates in the years since.

Zatanna is the type of character who can be interpreted in countless different ways, from macabre to spirited to somewhere in between — and it would be a missed opportunity not to explore that in the new DCU. And come on, we need to see how her backwards talking abilities from the comics could translate onscreen.

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Dazzler

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(Photo: , Marvel Entertainment)

Another Marvel heroine who desperately needs her own solo project is Alison Blaire / Dazzler. A disco pop star-turned-superhero who has remained a cult classic, Dazzler has endured as a member of the X-Men, but has only appeared as a brief supporting character in X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

Since Dazzler was originally created to star in a movie that never came to fruition, it would be a bit of karmic justice to give her her own solo project. Disney+ also already has a perfect template for the format of a Dazzler Special Presentation, already hosting concert movies and documentaries for real-life pop stars like Taylor Swift and Billie Eilish.

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