female superheroes

Wonder Woman is an icon for our age. Strong, empowering, complex, and compassionate, Gal Gadot’s Diana of Themyscira is the heroine that so many little girls have been dressing up as and looking up to. So why is she always stuck in the past?

For her first two solo movies, Wonder Woman and the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984, Diana and her superheroics reside firmly in past decades. And yes, they’re prequel films, and yes, she’s hundreds of years old so you can really place her solo movies whenever you want them. But Wonder Woman’s solo movies getting consistently set in the past is a problem she shares with many of the other major female superheroes today.

When it comes to Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, and reports about the potential Black Widow prequel film, Hollywood can’t seem to competently deal with female superhero stories in the modern age. And as much as we love seeing Gal Gadot in a suffragette suit or Brie Larson rocking the Rachel hair, there’s something fishy about sending many of these major female superheroes back to the past.

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Krysten Ritter is about to make her directorial debut for Jessica Jones season 3. The star of the Marvel Netflix series will step behind the camera for the first time to helm an episode of the upcoming season, likely to return to the streaming service sometime in 2019.

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Marvel Weddings

How did the Ant-Man and the Wasp costume designers create a “new”color for The Wasp‘s suit? Why isn’t Jeremy Jordan returning as a series regular on Supergirl next season? Why was Cherry Blue the working title for Ant-Man and the Wasp? Will The Batman and the Todd Phillips directed Joker movie be set in the same universe? Will Spider-Man have a new suit in the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

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Why did The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow star Keiynan Lonsdale leave the shows? What would Avengers: Infinity War have looked like with stars from the 1980s? When might the DC streaming service launch? Want to know all of the episode titles of Luke Cage season 2? Will the snap of Thanos impact any of the Marvel TV shows? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

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When does the third season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow arrive on Blu-ray and DVD? What special gift did some fans bring Tom Holland at Comicpalooza? What Avengers: Infinity War viral marketing stunt never came to be thanks to Disney? What do we know about the lead characters in DC’s Swamp Thing series? Want to make a trash omelette that Rocket Raccoon would love? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Raise a full glass of Scotch in celebration: Netflix has renewed Marvel’s Jessica Jones for a third season. Krysten Ritter will return as the hard-drinking, hard-punching superhero private eye. Now let’s just hope Netflix and Marvel work on their pacing problems.

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Want to see the full music video for Trish Walker‘s song “Cray Cray” from Jessica Jones? Did you know X2: X-Men United almost adapted the Phoenix Saga? What are Ant-Man and the Wasp reshoots fixing? Which Ocean’s Eleven cast member reportedly turned down the villain role in the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel? What was the last straw for the Deadpool animated series? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

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How ‘Jessica Jones’ Uses Words as Weapons

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In its second season, Jessica Jones has gotten angrier and messier. Through its exploration of Jessica’s tragic past, the show has remained an unflinching look at trauma and healing — how one gifted woman processes years of abuse, abandon, and plain old misogyny.

Jessica uses multiple coping mechanisms to deal with this trauma, among them binge drinking and physical violence. But she also shields herself with words, often vulgar, cutting words. It’s tempting to read these caustic insults as a reflex, a defense Jessica has forgotten she even puts up to keep people from getting too close. Yet her use of and reaction to language is quite intentional, and it’s part of what makes Jessica Jones such an interesting superhero.

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