11-Year-Old Schools DC About Female Heroes, So They Turn Her Into One

This is kind of awesome. Eleven-year-old Rowan Hansen wrote to DC Comics asking why there weren't more female superheroes, and why the female heroes don't wear more practical costumes. They responded with a drawing of Hansen as a superhero. Her response: Thanks, but that's not what I asked for. » 2/20/15 12:41pm 2/20/15 12:41pm

The Very Best Cosplay of 2014

What an amazing year for cosplay! Hot dam,n you are all so talented and clever and creative it almost makes us mad. But we love you and all the great cosplay we saw this year. So as a tribute, here is a collection of our favorite cosplay moments from 2014. » 12/19/14 1:30pm 12/19/14 1:30pm

The Weirdest And "Sexiest" Store-Bought Halloween Costumes For 2014

It's that time of year again — the moment when we all realize we didn't get a Halloween costume yet. And luckily, a whole industry exists to sell us ready-made versions of popular characters. Here are the weirdest, (allegedly) sexiest and most random new costumes for sale in 2014! » 10/09/14 12:45pm 10/09/14 12:45pm

Superheroes Make Shitty Husbands

News that Walmart is peddling a "Training to be Batman's Wife" T-shirt to juniors has raised ire for its retrograde bullshittery. Lost in the ruckus is the fact that it's not just offensive for its sexism — it's offensive because Batman is the type of douche that no woman would realistically go for. Surely there's a… » 10/01/14 12:20pm 10/01/14 12:20pm

"Strong Women Characters" Who Made Mistakes (And Learned From Them)

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You know what we really want from our "strong female characters" in pop culture? Not to be perfect human beings. Or to screw up and be sidelined. What we want is to see them do what all great characters do: make mistakes, and grow as a result. Here are a ton of female heroes whose mistakes made them great. » 9/10/14 1:46pm 9/10/14 1:46pm

10 Times When Comics And Movies Sexualized Male Superheroes

You've heard the argument that male superheroes are sexualized simply because they are often bare-chested. But a man taking off his shirt doesn't make him a sex object. It's actually rare to find examples of male superheroes who truly are sexualized the way women are in comics. Here are ten examples. » 8/28/14 10:59am 8/28/14 10:59am

A New Female Superhero Movie Is Finally Happening (About Damn Time)

It's been nine years since Jennifer Garner starred in Elektra and ten years since Halle Berry starred in Catwoman, and while the comic book superheroes — from Spider-Man to Wolverine to Iron Man and Thor — are raking in cash at the box office, the ladies are relegated to supporting cast members. That's about to change. » 8/05/14 12:40pm 8/05/14 12:40pm

Comic-Con Wrap-Up: The Shiniest Things We Saw In San Diego!

Comic-Con 2014 was chock full of amazing costumes, cool art, mind-blowing TV pilots and fascinating encounters. Because even a weak Comic-Con is better than most other events. Here's our complete roundup of all the most incredible things we saw last weekend. » 7/30/14 6:15pm 7/30/14 6:15pm

Hijab-Wearing Lady Draws Herself As Different Marvel Superheroes

Nour Saleh wears a hijab, so when she recently took up a Tumblr challenge to draw herself as different fictional characters, she incorporated a headscarf into various superhero designs—often with very clever results. » 7/03/14 10:30am 7/03/14 10:30am

Why The Bechdel Test Is More Important Than You Realize

We all talk about the Bechdel Test all the time, because it's so simple: Does a story have two women who talk to each other, about something other than a man? But almost every time it comes up, we all dismiss it, because it's too simple or too arbitrary. But actually, the Bechdel Test is more important than anyone… » 6/04/14 12:24pm 6/04/14 12:24pm

Why Do We Care So Much About What Female Superheroes Wear, Anyway?

It's no secret that female characters are portrayed in a different way than their male counterparts are in comic art. But in a medium where superhero costumes are already so silly, why do we care so much about how our lady heroes dress? » 5/08/14 2:13pm 5/08/14 2:13pm

Behold Tom Hiddleston's shirtless audition for the role of Thor

Before he transformed into the greatest Marvel villain of all, Tom Hiddleston originally auditioned for Chris Hemsworth's role as Thor. And we now have a tiny glimpse of that audition tape — and it is awesome. » 1/28/14 2:20pm 1/28/14 2:20pm

65 Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies to Watch out for in 2014

This will be a year of epics. Some of our most ambitious movie-makers are serving up stories of Biblical apocalypses, space voyages and the rise of artificial intelligences. Godzilla and the Planet of the Apes are both back. And the superhero genre gets pushed to its absolute limits. Here are 65 movies that could rock… » 1/06/14 12:25pm 1/06/14 12:25pm

10-Year-Old Cancer Patient Crowned 'Wonder Girl' By Town

Move over, Bat Kid*, there's a new cancer-slaying pint sized hero in town— 10 year old Monika Romo, aka Vallejo, California's "Wonder Girl." (*Actually, don't move over, Bat Kid, because there's always room for More Adorable in this empty soul wasteland we call The Internet.) » 12/19/13 5:55pm 12/19/13 5:55pm

Paul Dini: Superhero cartoon execs don't want largely female audiences

In an interview with Kevin Smith, writer and television producer Paul Dini complained about a worrying trend he sees in television animation and superhero shows in particular: executives spurning female viewers because they believe girls and women don't buy the shows' toys. » 12/15/13 2:00pm 12/15/13 2:00pm

The 10 Types of Teen Heroes, Ranked According to Wish-Fulfillment

Everybody loves teenage heroes. Grown-ups and teens alike snarf young-adult novels. Katniss is owning the cineplex. But which kind of teen protagonist offers the most escapist bang for your buck? Here's our survey of the 10 types of teen hero, ranked by pure wish-fulfillment. » 11/29/13 10:18am 11/29/13 10:18am

Thor 3 Will Be About Thor’s Poorly-Attended Super Sweet 16

This parody video of Thor recut as an episode of MTV's My Super Sweet 16 is pretty amazing, if only because it finally puts Thor's petulance and Loki's scheming in their proper context. The next Avengers movie should probably just be about the gang throwing a surprise party for the Hulk that goes horribly wrong… » 11/10/13 5:00pm 11/10/13 5:00pm

Who Will Play Wonder Woman in the Batman vs. Superman Movie?

The bad news is that even though comic book flicks are all the rage, there is still no Wonder Woman movie in production. The sorta-good news is that it's looking like Wonder Woman will appear in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman movie starring Ben the Aflac duck and Henry Cavill. » 11/08/13 2:50pm 11/08/13 2:50pm