Today marks the release of the sixth, yes, SIXTH X-men film - X Men Apocalypse - a full sixteen years after the first one. And while that might make some of you suddenly feel very old, the genre shows no sign of slowing down with another five comic book films on the slate this year alone. But if you can't beat them, join them, which is why we've picked our five absolute favourite female superheroes of all time below.

 

While men might rule when it comes to numbers in the worlds of DC and Marvel, they’re more often than not the shoot-now-ask-questions-later sort, with more brawn than brain. The women, on the other spandex-clad hand, are mostly cunning, scheming, manipulative and dare-we-say-it, deadly. Plus, they get the better outfits, too, which is arguably the most important thing anyway!

 
 

Catwoman, Michelle Pfeiffer

 

Starring in the 1993 Tim Burton classic, Batman Returns, Pfeiffer’s Catwoman preceded the current comic book movie ‘boom’, but her character was way ahead of her time.

 

Unlike other superhero films, in which women are often just the love interests, she’s sharp, sassy and seductive, and seeks her revenge on the men that mistreated her prior to her feline transformation. But feminism-fuelled vengeance aside, it’s the skin-tight PU jumpsuit that truly steals the show. Meow!

 

Best Line – “As I was saying, I'm a woman and can't be taken for granted. Life's a bitch, now so am I.”

 

catwoman wearing leather pu jumpsuit

 
 

Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson

 

Scarlett Johansson has now played the Black Widow a total of five times, but it’s only now that Hollywood execs feel it’s time she had a film in her own right. In a genre completely overrun by men, we says it’s far too little, far too late! Rant over…

 

Dying her trademark blonde locks dark for the role, Johansson plays the undercover spy with her usual on-screen magnetism and don’t-mess-with-me stare. In fact, she more than once wrestles with the likes of Iron Man, Captain America and other such beefcakes, and comes out on top!

 

Best Line - “Was that your first kiss since 1945?”

 

black widow in all in one playsuit

 
 

Mystique, Jennifer Lawrence

 

An eight hour make-up regime awaits Lawrence every day before shooting, and while we enjoy a pampering sesh as much as the next girl, that’s like doing an entire day’s work in preparation for an entire day’s work!

 

Mystique is a shape-shifting mutant, who can take on any form. At first, she permanently adopts the appearance of a blonde haired, blue eyed girl, but as the films develop, she reverts to her blue-skinned mutant form as a statement against prejudice.

 

Best Line – “What's the matter, baby? You don't think I look pretty like this?”

 

jennifer lawrence as mystique in x-men apocalypse

 
 

Storm, Halle Berry

 

A superhero veteran, Halle Berry played the weather-controlling Storm for fourteen years, having related to the concept of mutants being singled out as a minority.

 

First taking on the mantle back in the year 2000, Berry was years ahead of the #grannyhair trend with her silvery grey locks.

 

Best Line – “Sometimes anger can help you survive.”

 

halle berry as storm from x-men

 
 

Harley Quinn, Margot Robbie

 

What with Suicide Squad as yet unreleased, we’ve included Harley Quinn purely on the basis of a three minute trailer. But that alone was more than enough for her to merit a place in our list of top 5 female superheroes.

 

Margot Robbie’s bubblegum-popping heroine sizzles on screen in a bomber jacket and crop top combo, and will no doubt single-handedly bring back pigtails when the film’s finally unleashed in the summer.

 

Best Line – “We're bad guys, it's what we do.”

 

margot robbie in crop top as harley quinn

 

Who’s your favourite female superhero of all time? Let us know in the comment box below!

 
 

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