Let’s face it, women are superheroes in their own right, but these female superheroes step it up a notch with their butt-kicking moves, awesome costumes and crime-fighting capabilities. Here’s a list of female superheroes in and out of costume.
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Gal Gadot – Wonder Woman
Gal Gadot plays the role of Wonder Woman in the aptly titled Wonder Woman
box office hit in 2017. She also reappeared in Justice League
, returning with all the bad ass qualities that Wonder Woman is endowed with.
Halle Berry – Storm
Halle Berry played the part of Storm from the popular X-Men
franchise films. She first appeared in the 2000 film, then reappeared for X2
in 2003, X-Men: The Last Stand
in 2006, and in X-Men: Days of Future Past
Angelina Jolie – Lara Croft
In 2001, Angelina Jolie starred in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
. The film was based off the popular Tomb Raider video game.
Scarlett Johansson – Black Widow
Actress Scarlett Johansson played the character of Russian superhero Natasha Romanoff known as Black Widow in the Marvel Comic series. She portrayed this character in Iron Man 2
, The Avengers
, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
, Avengers: Age of Ultron
, and Captain America: Civil War
Jennifer Lawrence – Mystique
Jennifer Lawrence sat in the makeup chair for hours to channel the role of Raven Darkhölme or Mystique as she’s known in the X-Men franchise films. She played the character in 2014 in X-Men: Days of Future Past
and again in 2016 in X-Men: Apocalypse
Jessica Alba – The Invisible Woman
Marvel Comics’ superhero flick Fantastic Four
features Susan “Sue” Storm-Richards channeled by Jessica Alba with her character of The Invisible Woman.
Kate Beckinsale – Selene
Kate Beckinsale starred as Selene in the 2003 Underworld
film and its sequels Underworld: Evolution
in 2006, Underworld: Awakening
in 2012 and Underworld: Blood Wars
Jennifer Garner – Elektra
In 2005, Jennifer Garner starred as Elektra Natchios in the film Elektra
, a spin-off from the 2003 flick entitled Daredevil
Milla Jovovich – Alice
Milla Jovovich first played her ass-kicking role as Alice in the 2002 film Resident Evil. The film had five sequels, all featuring Jovovich as Alice.
Anne Hathaway – Catwoman
Anne Hathaway took on the role of Catwoman in the third installment of the Batman
series, the 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises
Olivia Munn – Psylocke
Actress Olivia Munn trained for months to play the character Psylocke from the 2016 film X-Men: Apocalypse
Margot Robbie – Harley Quinn
Margot Robbie played Harley Quinn in the 2016 film Suicide Squad
Malin Akerman – Silk Spectre II
Actress Malin Akerman portrayed the crime-fighting character Laurie Jupiter/Silk Spectre II in the 2009 film Watchmen
Uma Thurman – Poison Ivy
Uma Thurman donned red hair and a killer costume to play half woman/half plant Poison Ivy in the 1997 film Batman & Robin
Amber Heard – Mera
Actress Amber Heard channeled the character of Mera in the 2017 film Justice League
where her super power allows her to form “hard water” objects and live under water.
Anna Paquin – Rogue
Anne Paquin played mutant superheroine Rogue in the 2000 film X-Men
in 2003, and its third installment in 2006, X-Men: The Last Stand
. She returned in 2014 to play Rogue in X-Men: Days of Future Past
Jessica Alba – Max Guevara
Jessica Alba starred as Max Guevara in the 2000 television series Dark Angel
. It served as one of her break-though roles.
Jennifer Lawrence – Katniss Everdeen
Jennifer Lawrence played the fearless bow and arrow-wielding Katniss Everdeen in 2012 in The Hunger Games
and its three sequels.
Charlize Theron – Aeon Flux
In 2005, Charlize Theron took on the role of the skilled warrior Aeon Flux.
Rebecca Romijn – Mystique
Rebecca Romijn played Mystique in the films X-Men
, X-Men: The Last Stand
and X-Men: First Class
Elizabeth Olsen – Scarlet Witch
Elizabeth Olsen channeled the mutant named Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch with the superhuman ability to manipulate chaos magic. She played the role in 2014 in Captain America: The Winter Soldier
, in 2015 in Avengers: Age of Ultron
and in 2016 in Captain America: Civil War
Zoe Saldana – Gamora
Zoe Saldana went green to play the role of Gamora in the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy
and its sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Chloe Grace Moretz – Hit Girl
In 2010, Chloe Grace Moretz channeled superhero Hit Girl in the film Kick-Ass
and again in 2013 in Kick Ass-2
Kate Mara – The Invisible Woman
Actress Kate Mara took over as The Invisible Woman in the 2015 film Fantastic Four
Ellen Page – Kitty Pryde
Superhero Kitty Pryde has a “phasing” ability and power to disrupt any electrical field she passes through. She was played by Ellen Page in the 2006 film X-Men: The Last Stand
and in 2014 in X-Men: Days of Future Past
Natalie Portman – Jane Foster
Natalie Portman depicted Thor’s love interest as the character Jane Foster in the 2011 film Thor
and its sequel in 2013.
Carla Gugino – Silk Spectre
In 2009, Carla Gugino played Sally Jupiter and crime-fighting superhero Silk Spectre in Watchmen
Charlize Theron – Imperator Furiosa
Charlize Theron took on the role of Imperator Furiosa in the 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road
Michelle Pfieffer – Catwoman
Actress Michelle Pfieffer played Catwoman in 1992 in the film Batman Returns
Sarah Michelle Gellar – Buffy Summers
The cult classic film Buffy the Vampire Slayer
was turned into a television series with the main character Buffy Summers being portrayed by actress Sarah Michelle Gellar from 1997-2003.
Jaimie Alexander – Sif
Jaimie Alexander played Sif, an Asgardian warrior, in the 2011 superhero film Thor
, its sequel in 2013 and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
Famke Janssen – Dr. Jean Grey
Famke Janssen played superhero Dr. Jean Grey in the X-Men
films from 2000-2014. She also portrayed Dr. Jean Grey in the 2013 film The Wolverine
Lynda Carter – Wonder Woman
Lynda Carter first channeled the Wonder Woman character in 1975. She went on the play the character from 1975 to 1979 in the Wonder Woman
Krysten Ritter – Jessica Jones
Krysten Ritter plays the Marvel character Jessica Jones in the Netflix television series also entitled Jessica Jones
Cobie Smulders – Agent Maria Hill
Cobie Smulders played Agent Maria Hill in the Marvel Avengers
film in 2012. She continued her role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier
in 2014 and Avengers: Age of Ultron
Halle Berry – Catwoman
In 2004, Halle Berry starred as Catwoman
. Although the actress looked fierce in her superhero attire, the film was a box office bust.
Connie Nielsen – Hippolyte
Actress Connie Nielsen played superhero Queen Hippolyta in the film Justice League
and Wonder Woman
, both released in 2017.
Robin Wright – Antiope
In the 2017 superhero flick Wonder Woman
, Robin Wright plays the character of Antiope, a mythical Amazon and mother of Wonder Woman.
Shailene Woodley – Beatrice Pryor
Actress Shailene Woodley played the role of Beatrice Pryor in the Divergent
film series from 2014-2016.
Kristy Swanson – Buffy Summers
Kristy Swanson rose to fame after starring in the cult classic film Buffy the Vampire Slayer
where she was torn between being a normal teenager and living the life of a vampire killer that she was destined to be.
Laura Vandervoort – Supergirl
Laura Vandervoort portrays the superhero Supergirl, Superman’s cousin, on the television series Smallville
Lindsay Wagner – The Bionic Woman
Lindsay Wagner starred in The Bionic Woman
in 1976, playing the part of Jaime Sommers, a bionically rebuilt woman who works for the government and is sent on missions.
Keira Knightley – Domino
Keira Knightley played bounty hunter Domino Harvey in the 2005 thriller Domino
Pamela Anderson – Barb Wire
In 1996, Pamela Anderson hung up her red bathing suit to play the part of mercenary Barb Wire.
Hayden Panettiere – Claire Bennet
Hayden Panettiere portrayed Claire Bennet on the television series Heroes
. She channels a superpower of rapid cellular regeneration.
Helen Slater – Supergirl
Helen Slater hit the big screen in 1984 to portray the superhero Supergirl.
Eartha Kitt – Catwoman
Eartha Kitt channeled her inner feline as Catwoman in the 1967 film.
Julie Newmar – Catwoman
Julie Newmar also played the part of Catwoman in the Batman
series in 1966 and 1967.
Yvonne Craig – Batgirl
In the 1960’s, actress Yvonne Craig was best known for her portrayal of Batgirl in the Batman
Alicia Silverstone – Batgirl
In the 1997 film Batman & Robin
, Alicia Silverstone played the role of Batman’s second sidekick, Batgirl.
Evangaline Lilly – Hope Pym
In 2015 Evangaline Lilly portrays Hope Pym in the Marvel film Ant-Man
Rene Russo – Frigga
Rene Russo plays mother of Thor and Queen of Asgard in the 2011 film Thor
and its 2013 sequel Thor: The Dark World