Are Jessica Jones and Wonder Woman Paving the Way in the Comic Book World?
There have always been women in the comic book world, but unless you actually read comic books you don’t really get to see them in their own light. The main focus is usually on the male superheroes. They have all the movies with dozens of remakes and now there are an increasing number of shows. The female superheroes are usually just playing supporting roles, but finally the female superheroes are being recognized on-screen.
Netflix brought Jessica Jones, played by Krysten Ritter, to the light by giving Jessica her own web television series. Though she is not a well-known superhero it was refreshing to get to see a bad ass female superhero. It is the first Marvel project to feature a female superhero as the main character. Granted Jessica Jones is not the most traditional superhero and denies the powers she has been given. This show is all about her, the people in her life and the villain, Kilgrave, she has to overcome and Jessica Jones has done so well that it will be returning for a second season.
First Jessica and now Diana Prince, better known as Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman differs from Jessica Jones because she is vastly well-known, but DC Comics has finally given this powerfully fierce woman her own movie on the big screen. Following the developments of Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gal Gadot will be playing Wonder Woman in her own film. This movie will explore what Wonder Woman got into when she first left the all female island, Themyscira.
Hopefully the success of both Jessica Jones and Wonder Woman will give Marvel and DC Comics the initiative they need to produce more shows and movies featuring leading female roles. I, for one am still waiting to see Natasha in her very own Black Widow movie.