This year looks set to be a stellar one when it comes to tough leading ladies.
With the release of Batman vs Superman on Friday that will see Gal Gadot play the iconic Wonder Woman, we anticipate the ladies that will inspire us this year, and look back on the toughest women in modern cinema to date.
GAL GADOT IN BATMAN VS SUPERMAN
Batman vs Superman will see two legendary heroes battle against each other, yet many predict the real hero to Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. The former Miss Israel expressed her excitement at her character’s reception, saying “I am so happy I’m going to be the one who’s going to tell the Wonder Woman story. It’s such an important story… But I also think it’s so important for girls — and boys — to have a female, strong superhero to look up to.”
MARGOT ROBBIE IN SUICIDE SQUAD
So as one movie sees the battle between heroes, another says the united front of villains- Suicide Squad sees Margot Robbie transform herself into comic book character Harley Quinn, the unhinged adversary of Batman. Of the role, Robbie said “It’s the fun of living vicariously through someone who is doing things that I would never do in real life.”
THE GHOSTBUSTERS CAST
Back to reboot the classic, comic actresses Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy will team up with Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones to make up the all-female Ghostbusters in July. Expressing her disappointment at initial reception from fans, Wiig said “Some people said some really not nice things about the fact that there were women. It didn’t make me mad, it just really bummed me out. We’re really honouring those movies.”
UMA THURMAN IN KILL BILL
Although Thurman has appeared in a number of filmmaker Quentin Tarantino’s pictures, it is arguably her role as The Bride (or Beatrix Kiddo) in Kill Bill which gained her most notoriety. Kiddo manages to survive and attempt on her life and wake up from a coma before taking revenge on everyone who has wronged her.
Badass Moment: The Bride’s 10 minute fight scene is one of the most iconic in modern cinema.
CHLOE GRACE MORETZ IN KICK-ASS
Protagonist Kick-Ass in the black comedy-come-action movie found himself very much side-lined by the then 13 year-old Chloe Grace Moretz, who played ruthless vigilante Hit Girl in the 2010 film. Don’t let her young age fool you- beneath the purple wig and mask lies a young lady trained in hand-to-hand combat.
Badass Moment: Hit Girl dims the lights on her enemies before using night vision to defeat them in the first instalment.
SIGOURNEY WEAVER IN ALIEN
The leading lady in all four instalments of the Alien franchise, Sigourney Weaver played Ellen Ripley, a woman living in the bleak landscapes of space, surrounded by the threat of other-worldly creatures. Her most famous role to date saw her combining intelligence, bravery and combat with equal amounts of femininity.
Badass Moment: Battling the alien Queen to the ultimate victory.
CHARLIZE THERON IN MAD MAX
The title may have been Mad Max, but Charlize Theron’s character of Furiosa stole the show with a raw and emotional performance in the 2015 reboot. A war rig driver with redemption in mind, Furiosa attempts to escape the clutches of the tyrannical Joe, breaking his wives free to find The Green Place, an idyllic land she remembers from her childhood.
Badass Moment: Midway through the journey on Fury Road, Furiosa casually drives into a sandstorm that engulfs the rig.
SAOIRSE RONAN IN HANNA
She might have been young, but Saorise Ronan’s Hanna packs a hell of a punch in action film. Raised by ex-CIA, she is trained in everything from target shooting to hand-to-hand combat and the story follows the 15-year-old’s life as an assassin in the wilderness.
Badass Moment: In one particular scene Hanna goes to visit an eccentric magician who lives in an abandoned amusement park but is stalked by her enemies resulting in a fight scene on some of the derelict rides.
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