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Top 5 Superheroines That Need More Screentime

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The Amazons of Wonder Woman

Judging by the internet, I’m not alone in saying that Wonder Woman has restored my faith in DC. As a fan of their animated features, especially the earlier version of the film made in 2009, I was pleasantly surprised by Gal Gadot’s portrayal of the Princess of the Amazons.

But with the film doing as well as it is, I couldn’t help but mull over how many other superheroines deserve more screentime. Too often are such characters left less fleshed out, pushed to the side, or tokenized in lieu of their male counterparts. While full-length movies and spinoffs aren’t for everyone, the following five characters definitely deserve more love. I did my best to pick a variety of girls and women who are beloved in their own right – if only a bit underused.

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That’s So NOT Raven: A Justice League vs. Teen Titans Review

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A promotional image for Justice League vs. Teen Titans

Justice League vs. Teen Titans?

More like Who Needs The Justice League When We Have Damian Wayne?

On March 29th, DC’s latest animated film Justice League vs. Teen Titans was released online. Like many Teen Titans fans, I was thrilled to see the titular team make a glorious return. However, the movie was far from what I’d expected. While it wasn’t downright bad nor good, it was extremely underwhelming – which is saying a lot considering the fact that the story was supposed to focus on my all-time favorite heroine. The poor treatment of its female characters is just one of the things that made the film feel like such a missed opportunity.

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Justice League vs. Teen Titans: A Glorious Return

 

The Teen Titans

On January 25th, the first in-depth trailer for DC’s much anticipated Justice League vs. Teen Titans film was released. Like many fans, I was thrilled to see the beloved lineup of Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans accompanied by newcomers Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes) and Robin (Damian Wayne). But above all, I’m eager to see the dynamic duo of Raven and Starfire return to the screen after their ten-year hiatus following the series’ finale.*

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Character Makeover– Part VI.

Welcome to my sixth and final installment of my Teen Titans (the 2003-2007 animated series) character makeover project. Sixth installment, you say? Well, yes, as I’ve decided to bookend the series with a makeover for Terra,  despite her complicated relationship with our team of young, intrepid heroes.

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Terra in action! Source.

NOTE: Please keep in mind that this is just my process, it’s not the only process! Also, depending upon the project, the order in which I proceed may differ.

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Character Makeover– Part V.

It’s been a while, but I’m finally picking-up the pencil once again to bring you the fifth installment of my Teen Titans character makeover series. Next-up on the drawing board is the Titans’ affable half-man, half-machine: Cyborg!

Cyborg!
Cyborg!

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Character Makeover– Part IV.

Welcome to the fourth installment of my Teen Titans makeover! This month’s costume transformation is going to be none other than the Boy Wonder, himself: Robin, who, since his introduction back in 1940, has already undergone a myriad of versions, redesigns and incarnations.

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NOTE: Please keep in mind that this is just my process, it’s not the only process! Also, depending upon the project, the order in which I proceed may differ.

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Character Makeover– Part III.

Next up on my Teen Titans old-timey makeover docket is Starfire, the high-spirited social butterfly of our intrepid young heroes’ group. If you’d like to refer back to my initial makeover in June for Raven, take a look here; there is a lot of preliminary and background information regarding the project, if you’re curious as to what this character revamping is all about. Beast Boy’s sporty makeover from July can be viewed here.

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NOTE: Please keep in mind that this is just my process, it’s not the only process! Also, depending upon the project, the order in which I proceed may differ.

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Character Makeover– Part II.

Last month, utilizing Raven from the Teen Titans, I introduced the subject of how to take an established character and make it your own by altering the character’s appearance to suit your tastes, a specific time period and/or genre. I’ll periodically refer back to Part I, but I won’t rehash everything; the first installment can be read here.

The stage for my version of the Teen Titans was set in a late nineteenth century/early twentieth century, and, continuing with that theme, Beast Boy will be the next participant in my redesign project.

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NOTE: This is just my process, it’s not the only process! Also, depending upon the project, the order in which I proceed may differ.

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Character makeover– Part I.

Do you have a character whom you really adore? Is there a genre, style or time period that you also admire? Would you like to combine these ideas into a unique costume design, but aren’t sure how or where to get started? Over the next couple of months, I’m going to be demonstrating, using the techniques I use as a professional designer, how one can go about creating her or his own individual take on a character.

For simplicity’s sake, I’m going to take an existing team of characters—the Teen Titans— and, over the course of the next several weeks, give Beastboy, Cyborg, Raven, Robin and Starfire each a makeover. For even greater simplification, I’m utilizing the animated series as the main basis for my inspiration. When all of the characters are through with their costume re-design, I’ll [hopefully] have a cohesive unit, which is an important component in any sort of design, but especially so in costume design.

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