Female Superhero Statistics
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1: The number of new female superheroes The Incredibles 2 will introduce.
The new superhero is set to be named Voyd, and will be voiced by Sophia Bush, and will apparently be a super-powered woman who a big fan of Elastigirl. Her superpower is that she can create voids, which is a callback to the Spider-Man villain The Spot. How will she figure in the story? We'll have to wait until summer to find out!
1940: The year of the first female superhero.
Two characters can claim to be the first female superhero, both published in 1940. In Jungle Comics #2, published Feb 1940, Fantomah appeared; she was the first female with superhuman powers to appear in print. Just a month later, the Woman in Red made her debut in Thrilling Comics #2, created by Richard Hughes and George Mandel. Whilst Fantomah came first, the Woman in Red was the first superheroine to wear a mask and costume.
1941: The year of Wonder Woman's debut.
Although she didn't get her own dedicated issue until the summer of 1942, DC Comics gave Wonder Woman her debut in All Star Comics #8. The Amazonian heroine arrived on the scene in December 1941, and by the middle of 1942 was enough of a hit with fans to warrant her own comic.
1959: The debut of Supergirl.
Created by writer Otto Binder and artist Al Plastino, Superman's cousin Kara Zor-El first appeared in Action Comics issue #252 in May 1959. The runaway success of The Man of Steel inspired publisher DC comics to introduce a female counterpart, and Supergirl was created.
1960: The year we got our first glimpse of Justice League.
The Justice League of America, as they were known as they made their debut in debuted in October–November 1960, was a combined team of DC superheroes. Batman and Superman were both a part of the original line-up, but unfortunately rarely appeared in the group’s adventures together. The heroes who readers came to know best as part of the Justice League's early days were Aquaman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter.
1993: Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers hits TV screens.
What came first, the Power Rangers TV series, or the comic book? It was actually the TV series from 1993, which gave rise to multiple spinoff comics published by Hamilton starting November 1994. Power Rangers were ahead of their time, since the Rangers were a team in which the girls were just as powerful as the boys. Not only that, people of color were part of their story, and the team had to work together to defeat their foes. Even Power Rangers merchandise fostered equality, which aimed to help boys and girls to play together, not along gender lines.
2: The number of female superheroes who will return in The Incredibles 2.
Elastigirl, or Helen Parr to give her secret identity away, is voiced by Holly Hunter and is set to return as one of the main characters in The Incredibles 2. She's the wife of Mr. Incredible, and the couple's daughter Violet Parr will also return! Voiced by Sarah Vowell, the introverted 14-year-old wields superpowers of invisibility and the ability to create force fields. Both will return when The Incredibles 2 hits screens in June!
0: The amount of days that have passed between the end of the first Incredibles movie and its sequel!
If you've seen the first Incredibles, you know that it ends just as a new villain the Underminer shows his face. Well, The Incredibles 2 picks up right there, with "a big old set piece" fight scene, according to creators. Meanwhile, in the real world, it has been almost 15 years between the release of the first and second Incredibles movies!
103,000,000: The amount of money in US dollars 2017's Wonder Woman movie earned in it's opening weekend in the US.
The actual amount of money grossed by Wonder Woman according to Deadline was $103.1 million. This set a new record for a movie directed by a woman, topping the previous record of $85.1 million. This was set in 2015 by Sam Taylor-Johnson's Fifty Shades of Grey.
47: The percentage of comic book readers who are female.
According to a survey reported by Vulture, 47% of comic book readers in 2015 were female. This demographic is growing, and is thought to have spurred an increasing number of female superheroes in recent years.
250,000: The number of copies Spider-Gwen sold in its first issue.
Spider-Gwen is a comic book series published by Marvel that made its debut in 2015. The story is set in a universe where Gwen Stacy, and not Peter Parker, is bitten by a radioactive spider, granting her amazing superpowers. The series became one of Marvel’s top sellers, and the debut issue sold more than 250,000 copies.
3: The number of hours it took Jennifer Lawrence to get into makeup each day for her role as Mystique.
It took the makeup department three hours every morning to apply Jennifer Lawrence's blue special effects makeup when she played Mystique in X-men: First Class and X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
4: The number of movies Marvel has now released in a row with female actors of color in a lead role.
Most recently, Black Panther starred Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o as Wakandan spy Nakia as part of the female special forces unit the Dora Milaje. But before that, Zoe Saldana played Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Zendaya starred as Michelle in 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Tessa Thompson started it all off by portraying Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok.
6: The amount of hours per day Gal Gadot had to work out to prepare for her role as Wonder Woman.
Gal Gadot worked out for 6 hours per day in order to gain 14 lbs of muscle before taking on the physical demands of her role as Wonder Woman in the 2017 movie.
2000: The amount of auditionees Lynda Carter had to beat to land her famous role as Wonder Woman
In 1974, Lynda Carter was one of 2,000 women to audition for the TV role of Wonder Woman. When producers told Carter that she had been successful in getting the part, she was broke and had just $25 in her bank account.
1/3: The proportion of female superheroes in Marvel comics who are portrayed as underweight.
According to statistics reported by Tor, a third of female Marvel characters are underweight, based on an estimation of their BMI.
This compares to the male characters, who showed a wide range of weights and sizes on the BMI scale, but none of them were underweight.
24.9: The percentage of female characters across the Marvel and DC universes combined.
In 2013, female characters made up approximately 24.9% of characters in the Marvel and DC universes. The DC universe is slightly more female-centric, at 28.5% compared to Marvel's 23.3%. According to research reported by The Society Pages, "the ratio of women characters to men has been slowly improving".
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