It looks like the DC Extended Universe’s female characters are going to have a large presence going forward.
Many comic book fans were confident that a superhero film headlined by a woman could be successful, and Wonder Woman only reaffirmed that belief. With the film now a proven hit and the demand for more female heroes growing, Warner Bros. and DC Films are planning to give audiences what they’ve been craving.
While speaking with Variety alongside Jon Berg, DC Films co-head Geoff Johns confirmed that the studio is planning to put major emphasis on its female characters:
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"We’ve got a lot of plans for our female characters just because they’re great characters. There are many wonderful elements to the DC Universe, and one of them is that we have the best female characters, heroes and villains, in the world. No one is going to beat Wonder Woman and Batgirl and Harley Quinn."
It makes a lot of sense that the studio would want to highlight their signature heroines and villainesses. Princess Diana was already a standout following her debut in last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn was a scene-stealer in Suicide Squad. The positive response to these two characters alone shows that DC’s female characters are both popular and profitable.
With Batgirl, Gotham City Sirens, and a Wonder Woman sequel all in development, Warner Bros. and DC are definitely taking the initiative. If all of these projects pay off, it could pave the way for even more female characters. Comic book favorites like Zatanna, Black Canary, and Power Girl have plenty of big screen potential.
It will likely be a while before any of this actually becomes a reality, but there’s no denying that the cinematic possibilities for the mighty women of DC are infinite.