In our “Where Are the Action Chicks?” panel at San Diego Comic-Con International, we examined the dearth of action heroines in movies and comic books, including an examination of the reasons why there are so few despite the great popularity of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Xena: Warrior Princess, Aliens‘ Ripley, Terminator‘s Sarah Connor, and certain others. After the introductions, I started off by illustrating the specific shortage of motion pictures starring comic book superheroines in leading roles. Hit-Girl was the breakout character who stole the show in Kick-Ass, but it was Kick-Ass’s story and he, not she, was the title character.
I’ve had numerous discussions about what’s the best theatrical superheroine movie, while acknowledging all along that it’s really a trick question. How is it a trick question? Because there has only been ONE. When I asked our audience what that movie was, I was pleased to hear a good portion say, almost in unison, that movie’s title.
Yes, it was Supergirl. Seriously, that’s the only one. Witchblade, Wonder Woman, and the Birds of Prey had TV shows, and My Super Ex-Girlfriend was a spoof that starred no character from the comics.
Over the last year, I’ve asked a lot of people why there are so few and I’ve gotten a lot of fascinating responses, but no clear consensus has emerged. Find out what out panelists had to say in part two.
* “Comic-Con Panel Video: Where Are the Action Chicks?”
* My 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International Facebook Album – pt. 1
* Our Comic-Con Panel! Where Are the Action Chicks?
* Our ‘Where Are the Action Chicks?’ Panel Lost Luci and Gained Goddess Glory
* Caddyshack and TRON – But What About TRON Legacy? Actress Cindy Morgan
* Yancy Butler (Witchblade, Wolvesbayne, Kick-Ass)
* Wired Interviews the Action Flick Chick: Geek Culture’s 26 Most Awesome Female Ass-Kickers
* Wired Interviews the Action Flick Chick: ‘Action Chick’ Looks at Comic-Con’s Geek Girls
* The Wonder Woman TV Never Saw: Who’s Afraid of Diana Prince?
* SDCC: Women Who Kick Ass!
* Best Superheroine Movie? Round 1
- Action Flick Chick’s Hall of Fame!!
- Action Chick vs. Inception (Color!)