Re-Envisioning Female Superheroes as Leading Ladies

Comic books, long considered a boys' club, are now depicting strong but real female heroes.
2:14 | 08/13/15

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? Bad man, Superman, spider-man, ant-man have one thing in common -- they're men. Male domination of the superhero realm may now be ending. Here's our colleague and Yahoo! Global news anchor Katie couric. Reporter: From ABC's agent Carter to the much-anticipated "Supergirl," no longer just a sidekick. Female superheroes are suiting up. A new wave of creators ditching the damsel in distress label and redefining a genre. Spider-man, Batman, Superman, a lot of something-mans. Not a whole lot of something-womens. Reporter: Even with a fan base at 47% women, comic books, long considered a boys' club, used women to play sexy second fiddles to the male heroes. In the '90s things got really severe. Ridiculous, clownish breasts. And then both breasts and both butt cheeks appear at the same time, which is what we call the brokeback pose, common enough in comics that we have a name for it. Reporter: Two decades later there's an evolving fan base and fresh ideas. Women are stepping up and demanding what they want. And publishers are responding. Reporter: The genre now depicting strong but real female heroes like a re-envision ed wonder woman. I'm a writer on the "Wonder woman" comic book. I think of my life experiences and the the experiences of the strong women that I know in my life. And I hope that every woman who reads our book sees a little bit of their own struggles or themselves in the character. Reporter: These bold steps still brought out some modern-day bad guys. Any time there's going to be a strong voice, especially a strong female voice, there's going to be people who don't like it. Reporter: Undeterred, these real-life superheroes continue their mission to save mankind, or at least more fairly represent it. When I started coming to conventions, it was maybe 5% to 10% women and girls coming in. Now it's 50/50. Our thanks to Katie couric and thanks to you for watching ABC news tonight.

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