DC Comics announced a whole new series of superhero and supervillians for girls aged 6-12 with stories focusing on their formative years “prior to discovering their full super power potential.”
“DC Super Hero Girls” will feature teen versions of Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Supergirl, Bumble Bee, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn and Katana in TV specials, toys and books starting next year.
Mattel and Warner Brothers are teaming up with DC Comics after a successful Batgirl comics elevated the female superhero last October.
“DC Super Hero Girls represents the embodiment of our long-term strategy to harness the power of our diverse female characters,” Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment said in a press release. “I am so pleased that we are able to offer relatable and strong role models in a unique way, just for girls.”
But that last part is what has some people angrily chiming in over Twitter.
Steph C Daudlin asked, “Why do they have to be action figures for girls? Why not just call them action figures?”
Brian Engard agreed and said although he appreciates what DC Comics is trying to do, making a “just for girls” line isn’t fostering gender equality.
JUSTICELEAGUE KNIGHT thought they looked a lot like Disney princesses.
But Stephano said, “it’s a start.”
Overall, many are hopeful this is a step in the right direction for DC who has had trouble supporting diverse female characters in the past.