In the world of comic books and superheroes, there isn’t much diversity. Let’s be real – most superheroes are white dudes, right? But the problem with this is that everyone wants to see superheroes in their own image. Sure, we’re never going to be able to shoot webs out of our hands, or soar across the skies with just a cape, but superheroes are a symbol of power, strength, and all-around awesomeness! We want to see superheroes just like us, kicking butt and taking down the big bad guys.
Sure, you have your classic Black superheroes like “Black Panther” or “Hancock”, but what about the black women?
You might think there are no black women superheroes, but thankfully, you’d be dead wrong. We’ve done some digging and found some of the most fierce black female superheroes out there. Furthermore, we discuss which black actress would play each of the superheroes in a movie!
1. Vixen – Angela Bassett Would Portray Her Well
If you grew up in the ’80s or just love that era, you might know of Vixen, also known as Mari McCabe. As you might be able to tell from the picture above, Vixen’s superpower is all about animals. She has the Tantu Totem, which allows her to harness the spirit, or the ashe, of any animal she chooses. This means she can take on the abilities and power of any creature herself.
Could you imagine how useful that would be fighting off bad guys? She could gain the power of a lion and maul them. She could gain the flying ability of a bird to circle overhead and spy on them. The possibilities are endless!
Vixen first popped up on the comic scene in 1981, in #521 of Action Comics. But what a lot of people don’t know is that she was due to make a much more stunning appearance in 1978. She was due to be the first black woman DC superhero to star in her very own series. Unfortunately, Vixen got caught up in the ‘DC Implosion’ – when DC Comics cancelled more than 25 planned and existing series – and her show was axed.
Vixen has since appeared on TV and in movies, but she still doesn’t have her very own show. When they decide to put this right, we think this role has Angela Bassett written all over it. She exudes strength and power, can rock the short cut Vixen has, and has athletic body structure. With her incredible acting history, we’re sure she could pull in huge audiences and bring Vixen plenty of attention and prestige.
2. Black Woman Superhero Natasha Irons Would Be Played By Tika Sumpter
You know the superhero ‘Steel’ that was previously mentioned? Well, as it turns out, superheroism runs in the family! His niece Natasha Irons is also blessed with superpowers, such as her insane, extraordinary strength and her ability to fly. In fact, when her uncle gets injured, Natasha steps up to the plate and takes on the name ‘Steel’ to do battle with their enemies for a while. Later, she takes on the name Starlight.
If she were to be featured in a movie, Natasha would probably be played by the fierce and fabulous Tika Sumpter. Sumpter has starred in several shows and movies and would be great for the role. She looks quite like Natasha, for one thing, and has the same body type.
Oh, did we mention that Natasha can also transform into nothing but vapor? She got these superpowers later on, and fittingly renamed herself Vaporlock! Invisibility may sound hard to portray in a movie, but they managed with Harry Potter, so we’re sure they can make this look awesome, too!