DC Comics Makes Feminist 11-Year-Old Her Own Superhero
Usually we say that Marvel is winning the gender war in the Marvel vs. DC debate (although, to be perfectly honest, neither of them have been doing all that great), but DC Comics pulled a stunt that was a major win for female superheroes today. The credit goes to 11-year-old Rowan Hansen, who made waves last month with this wonderful letter to the comics bigwig:
[Credit: Jim Hansen]
In the letter, Rowan tells DC, "I love superheroes and have been reading comics since I was very young. I'm a girl, and I'm upset because there aren't many girl superheroes or movies and comics from DC.
"For my birthday, I got Justice League chibis. I noticed... that there are only 2 girl chibis, and 10 boys. Also the background for the girl figures was all pink and purple...
"There are Superman and Batman movies, but not a Wonder Woman one. You have a Flash TV show but not a Wonder Woman one. Marvel Comics made a movie about a talking tree and Rocket Raccoon awesome, but you haven't made a movie with Wonder Woman... [Burn!]
"I love your comics, but I would love them a whole lot more if there were more girls... Please do something about this. Girls read comics too and they care."
When the letter went viral, DC Comics employees started to reach out to Rowan on Twitter:
Thanks Rowan. We agree, we're working hard to create more superhero fun for girls!— DC Comics (@DCComics) January 30, 2015
Yes Rowan, girls read comics too! Wonder Woman movie & Supergirl TV both in the works, with more exciting girl power announcements soon!— DC Comics (@DCComics) January 30, 2015
But Rowan knows an empty gesture when she sees one, and she implored them to take action to go along with their words. "It was really, really cool, 'cause they're so big and important people," she said, regarding DC's tweets. "But I thought 'I don't want people to think, "Oh, yeah, OK, they responded to her. Now it's over.' I want people to keep trying to make this happen, 'cause it's really important to me."
Then, when Rowan appeared on The Today Show to talk about female superheroes, DC responded in a truly amazing way. They made Rowan into a superhero.
[Credit: DC Comics]
Here's Rowan with her father, Jim, who originally posted the letter online:
[Credit: The Hansen Family]
After the segment aired, parents began to send The Today Show pictures of their daughters in superhero costumes to show solidarity with Rowan:
"Thanks Rowan for being an awesome role model for my daughter LilyLynn," Jessie Bennett wrote on The Today Show's Facebook page:
We'll be happier when DC takes real action, like officially developing a Wonder Woman solo movie, hiring more women to write and draw for their comics, that sort of thing. But this is good for today.