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Top 5 women DC characters of all time

by Carlton Whitfield. Published Fri 19 May 2017 12:42, last updated: 09/06/17

2017 is turning out to be a great year for DC as so many great movies have been announced. One in particular that has everyone excited is the new Wonder Woman and in honour of getting her long-awaited reboot, we have complied a short list of some of the best female DC characters for you to learn more about.


Mera is so much more than the wife of Aquaman. Hailing from the watery dimension of Xebel, she is tough, regal and one heck of a force to be reckoned with. Both in and out of the water, she can make villains quake in their boots. With the power of hydrokinesis as well as super strength and durability she knows her way around a fight and her talents as a leader make her an honourable and intelligent queen. Already fans are excited to see her playing a part in the new Justice League film later this year.

Starfire (Princess Koriand’r)

While most DC fans recognise Starfire from the Teen Titans, she has grown up and become one heck of a female superhero. The princess of a now destroyed alien planet, Starfire has super strength, invulnerability, the power of flight and can shot incredible blasts of energy from her hands and eyes. As an alien, she is also capable of learning languages by just touching a person. What makes Starfire such a great character is her personality as well as her power. She wears her heart on her sleeve and is typically a sweet and sensitive character, but as soon as something comes along to threaten the people she cares about she becomes an incredible warrior.

Black Canary (Dinah Lance)

Black Canary has gone through a lot of changes since her first appearance in the 1940s. In fact, so much about her has changed that the writers decided to split her up into two completely different characters. The original Black Canary, Dinah Drake, become mother to the next Black Canary, Dinah Lance, and the new up-to-date Black Canary is one of the coolest DC heroes to date.

Like the original Black Canary, young Dina’s super power is her ‘Canary Cry’ – a powerful ultrasonic scream capable of smashing walls and liquefying bones. Growing up around superheroes, she knew from a young age what it meant to take justice into her own hands. When her mother tried to protect her and stop her from fighting crime, Dinah trained in secret and became one of the top 10 fighters in the DC Universe. Black Canary’s stories are usually dark, tense and full of drama. Things never seem to go well for her, but she always comes out on top and her strength makes her one of the all-time best female DC characters.

Wonder Woman

No one would deny Wonder Woman a place on this list. She is possibly the most iconic female character in the DC Universe as well one of the most powerful DC characters of all time. She has come a long way since her beginning, making a lot of changes on the way. A key member of the Justice League, Wonder Woman’s origin story is one of the most notable changes. In older versions she was made out of clay by her mother Hippolyta and brought to life by the Greek Gods to live on Paradise Island, the home of the Amazons. In the most recent version of her character, appearing in the New 52, she is the daughter of Zeus and a Demigoddess. Still, there are some things that have remained consistent, such as her incredible God-like strength and fighting skills. With her lasso of truth and bracelets of victory she is able to trump even the most formidable of foes and has become one of DC’s most recognisable characters.

Batgirl (Barbara Gordon)

There have been quite a few Batgirls in the DC Universe, but one that holds a special place in the hearts of fans is Barbara Gordon. Like other DC characters, her backstory has been revised a few times, but a few elements stay the same. Like Batman, she is incredibly smart, incredibly tough and has a strong sense of justice. But, she is a character all of her own and even without Batman at her side she can put up one hell of a fight, even teaming up with the likes of Superman and fighting alongside the Justice League. Her gripping story arcs are what make this character such a favourite amongst DC fans. While she starts off as somewhat naïve and playful, her character and story become darker the more we see of her and in the Modern Age comics, we see her story take a tragic turn.

After a tragedy that results in her losing the use of her legs, she retires her Batgirl cape and instead takes on a new persona – Oracle. With this name she leads the crime fighting team the Birds of Prey and uses her incredible intelligence to help the likes of the Suicide Squad and the Justice League. This is one character that you can’t help to want to learn more about and her incredible stories always make for fantastic reading.


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