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The 50 Best: Heroes of Women, #30-21

It’s not everyday that heroes comes along and changes the course of American history.  For the next five weeks, we count down the 50 best women heroes in fiction. Heroes were chosen from every platform of pop culture, including film, tv, literature, and stage.  They were also inspired by you, the fans, on the many polls that the Heroes Podcast Network can offer. Lastly, the women were chosen based on their iconic statuses, fandom following, and the admirable qualities the individual characters possess.

Looking for a bunch of dudes? Aren’t we all? Don’t worry; the 50 best men heroes in fiction is up next! But what about the great baddies of history too? Yep, that list is in the works as well! Now, enjoy the countdown. Here’s #30-21.

#50-41 can be found here. #40-31 is here.

30. Jessica Rabbit

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
While some only focus on Jessica’s looks (and she’s hot, like, the hottest cartoon ever), she is so much more than that. She’s often mistaken for this femme fatale. She even says, “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.” Throughout the movie, it’s revealed she cares deeply for her husband, Roger, and does everything in her power to keep him safe (despite his constant buffoonery).  Jessica is a highly intelligent, multi-talented woman. She was everything I wanted to be when I grew up as a little kid.  She may exemplify what are now cliched movie tropes, but she never comes off as just a gimmick. Instead, she’s a woman you want to know.

29. Katniss Everdeen

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Hunger Games franchise
Is there anyone more inherently flawed than Katniss? Beginning the story as a girl determined only to survive, she transformed over the course of the three novels. Her skills and defiant attitude kept her alive throughout the Hunger Games, and eventually turned her into a martyr for Panem. She didn’t always embrace the role others put upon her, never being afraid to speak her mind. Her actions were often motivated by her simple wish to keep her family alive. Most of them, however, is what the country loved about her. It was through her sheer force of will, her determination just to live, that the tyrannical thumb which Panem was held was finally broken.

28. Morticia Addams

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The Addams Family
Can you think of a more perfect homemaker? I know I can’t. Created in 1938 as a satirical opposite to the American Dream, Morticia was paved as the head of the household from the beginning.  She has always been level-headed and fair, favoring no one member of her family more than the other.  She kept everyone in line and never seemed bothered by anyone’s antics, often embracing them with love and respect.  She and her husband Gomez are without a doubt the best depiction of an equal and loving partnership ever created (and I will fight you on that one).  The two compliment and balance each other, their passion and romance never wavering, never compromising.

27. Leslie Knope

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Parks and Recreation
I don’t think there are enough words to express my love for this character. Leslie Knope is resilient. Set in a town where the majority of the population is against her good intentions, she is rarely bogged down by the negativity that surrounds her. She loves her town and she will do everything she can to serve it, even if that means going temporarily insane with love for it. Leslie is the sum of her parts, and her parts include the innumerable cast of supporting characters who back her up daily.  No person is successful on their own and Leslie’s success only gets better because of her friends in the Parks Dept. She is the fiercest friend and a woman we’d all be lucky to be one day.

26. She-Ra

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She-Ra, Princess of Power
It must be an easy life when you’re born to the King and Queen of Eternia. But that all goes down the toilet when you’re kidnapped at birth by the evil demon Hordak and taken to Etheria to be a brainwashed soldier in his army. Princess Adora never had a chance. Until one day she escaped and embraced her role as She-Ra. Now, originally, she was created to tap into the girl toy market for the He-Man audience, but she became so much more than that (kinda like her journey in the show). She’s one of the ultimate feminist icons: a princess and a warrior, kind and brave, intelligent and humble. She’s a worthy role model for any young person, girl or boy.

25. Scout Finch

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To Kill a Mockingbird
It may be difficult to think of a little Southern six year old as a hero, but giving To Kill a Mockingbird a second glance proves just how heroic Scout really is. Over the three year course of the novel, Scout is faced with situations that would make adults uncomfortable. She breaks up an angry mob. She is the only one to see Boo Radley. Scout is in the difficult position throughout most of the novel to see good people punished for good deeds because they go against the current social norm. She spends a lot of the book unable to understand this and angry at those who hate/taunt her father in particular. It’s an almost impossible to identify with as a reader, but watching her grow to understand how cruel the world can be as well as the symbol of the mockingbird itself, is powerful enough to stick with a reader for years. Very few are lucky enough to be a Scout, but we all desire to be that good.

24. Korra

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Avatar: Legend of Korra
It was incredibly difficult to narrow down which woman from Avatar should be featured. Each and every one possess the traits to inspire, including Azula.  Ultimately, though, it’s hard to win over the main character of a series. Korra has been an innovative addition to the world of Avatar. She began the series with the perpetually defiant phrase, “I’m the Avatar; deal with it,” a line that has resonated in my head since I first heard her speak it. She’s feisty and proud, both often leading to some pretty epic failures and some incredible successes.  She doesn’t just fall once; she falls a hundred times. Each time, she picks herself up, threatens to quit, and then does it again. It was her determination that captivated us. As viewers, we all saw ourselves in Korra at one time or another. We, too, are afraid to admit our shortcomings, but determined enough to defeat them. If someone so flawed, yet kind and wonderful, can be the balance to a chaotic world, then maybe, we are the balance to our worlds.

23. Samus

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Metroid
You may be wondering why Samus is on this list. She’s not particularly interesting. Multiple writers over the years have kept her personality minimal so that players could more easily picture themselves as the title character. Was she the most influential character in video games? Absolutely not. This woman is on this list because she is in fact a woman. You had to beat the entire game in order to get to the beautiful finale of Samus being a woman.  At the time, it was shocking, and seemingly unimportant. For some magical reason, we were just a little less hung up on sex and gender back then, and it allowed for some special moments like this. This is more important now. A kick ass, long standing, battle star woman saving the universe is exactly the type of person that young people need to see themselves as while playing a video game.

22. Supergirl

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Kara Zor-El could have easily been a rip off of her more famous cousin. However, the writers turned it around so fast. They made her independent and identifiable on her own.  She remains optimistic in times of catastrophe, which come almost at every turn.  As a teenage survivor of the destruction of Argo City and Krypton, her kindness and compassion was often mixed with a hot temper and aggression.  Hers has never been an easy life, but she perseveres.  And through her many transformations, both comic and film, more and more people have been influenced by her.  New audiences can be exposed to her heroism in more mediums than most other characters on our list.  She’s iconic and necessary to the feminine culture.

21. Sailor Moon – Usagi

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Sailor Moon
There are many things that make the sweet Usagi important.  She fought evil by moonlight! Seriously, though, she was a fearless and kind leader for many years over many teams. She wasn’t always perfect, but she was always fair.  Usagi treated everyone, including the her enemies, with compassion.  Her sweet demeanor was often mistaken for naivete and weakness, but she should never be underestimated. Usagi was a true friend first and foremost, proving that despite villainy in the world, she had her priorities straight.  She was a pal, a mother, a superhero, and at even one point, a goddess. Sailor Moon was a true hero for everyone.

So there you have it, our next 10 women heroes. What do you think of our list so far? Tune in for #11-20 soon!

The 50 Best: Heroes of Women, #30-21

Costume Couture: Another Castle Creations

This week, we sit down with two of the award winning cosplay group, Another Castle Creations. These cosplayers are known for their wide range of group cosplays that take them to many comic cons each year. They cosplay groups from Marvel, DC Comics, anime, and even more.

Join us as we talk about how they got their start, came together, and began winning awards.

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Costume Couture: Wonder Woman Movie

Costume Couture returns to talk Wonder Woman costumes and designs from the DCEU’s newest film starring Gal Gadot. We dive into the details of Costume Designer Lindy Hemming’s work, plus a little about our own opinions on the new origin story movie.

We also have a new Cosplayer of the Week, Yeka Marie. Check out her cosplays in the video and see find her on social media below.

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SH S3E19: Wonder Woman Review

It’s our Wonder Woman spoiler-filled discussion! First we talk news including the latest from the Ghostbusters franchise, Marvel’s new animated series, Luke Cage filming, and then a bit on the Dark Universe being launched with this weekend’s new movie, The Mummy. Then it’s all Wonder Woman as we take a deep dive into the superhero’s first live-action movie. We talk Gal Gadot, Patty Jenkins, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, special effects, plot points, that one scene (yeah, you know which one), and finally, our personal grade for the DCEU’s fourth installment.

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Ian Turner

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GH18: Super Ultra Injustice

It’s all fighting games this week as we return to talk Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers, Injustice 2, and Super Smash Bros. Switch rumors!

Also, we’ve made some changes with a new hosting service, so we apologize for any complications or confusion. It’s the same show, same hosts, same site, but better than ever. So we hope you enjoy our latest episode.

2:25 – Injustice 2 Live Tournament Details (cont’d at 13 min)

3:00 – Injustice 2 Discussion

14:30 – Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challenger Discussion

20:00 – Virtual Console Dreams for Switch

23:00 – Unreal Engine on Switch Possibilities

27:00 – Super Smash Bros. for Switch Rumors plus Splatoon Chat

34:00 – Closing and contest info

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SH S3E15: Planet Comicon Wrap-Up

Planet Comicon is over so it’s time for a post-con wrap-up! But first, we dive into some news like the one night only Logan Noir showing in black and white, the return of Young Justice, the live action Titans show, Wonder Woman’s marketing, plus some possible Justice League spoilers thanks to LEGO.

We talk Planet Comicon guests like John Barrowman, Felicia Day, and Jessica Nigri. We also dive into the event itself, how Kansas City held up, the Bartle Hall convention center, and overall thoughts on the comicon. This includes details on panels, opening ceremonies, convention floor layout, food options, cosplay, and more!

Head over to our Facebook page to keep up with our latest and check out our Planet Comicon cosplay gallery! Then stay tuned for cosplay interviews with Costume Couture including guests Jennifer Van Damsel, Oh My Sophii, and DoodleSpork Cosplay!

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Derreck Mayer
Rachel Stewart
Ryan Couture

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Derreck Mayer

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Derreck Mayer

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Flying Killer Robots

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SH S3E15: Planet Comicon Wrap-Up

Costume Couture: Ryan from Buster Props

With Planet Comicon this weekend, we sit down with owner and founder of Buster Props to talk about everything they are planning for their booth this weekend. We talk to Ryan about what got him into cosplay and prop building, his experiences in the Dragon Con parade, plus some of the awesome items they are currently working on bringing to the cosplay world. They’ve got 3D printed goodies like a Batman v Superman Batman belt kit, plus modeled and molded cowls like Daredevil and Catwoman. Check out more in the video below!

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Costume Couture: Ana Chronistic Cosplay

Our first guest joins us on Costume Couture, Ana Chronistic Cosplay! Ana Chronistic is known for her work with children’s events using any number of her Disney Princess cosplay options including Cinderella, and Belle from Beauty and the Beast, as well as her work with the Renaissance Faire. Her cosplays range from princess to superheroes and even super villains! She’s tackled some pretty intense cosplay costumes including a Marvel Squirrel Girl and has a dream cosplay that is even more intense! You’ll have to watch our latest episode to find out the details.

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SH S3E14: Justice League Member Ranking

With Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman out of the running, we rank the next Top 20 Justice League members! We decided to skip the Trinity and start at #4. We rank DC Comics’ heroes like Aquaman, Hawkgirl, Supergirl, Vixen, Cyborg, and several Green Lanterns. We’re joined by a new guest, Barry Poole, who comes ready to battle it out for the Justice League ranking.

Join us as we talk comic book versions, cartoon appearance, live action, and more!

Head over to our Facebook page to keep up with our latest and stay tuned for our Planet Comicon photo cosplay album, articles, and interviews as we will be part of the press at the main event the last weekend of April.

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Barry Poole

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SH S3E14: Justice League Member Ranking

Justice League Dark Pitch

Transcribed from Screen Heroes S1, E18, “Would you watch it: Justice League Dark”.

Dedicated to the death of a live action Justice League Dark film, the three of us at Screen Heroes pitch what we would like to see if one ever hit the big screen.

Ryan:

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Directed by Sam Raimi

Constantine: Matt Ryan
Zatanna: Lauren Cohan/Amber Heard
Swamp Thing: Ron Perlman/Alexander Skaarsgard
Deadman: Zachary Quinto/Sam Rockwell
Madame Xanadu: Monica Bellucci
Doctor Fate: Karl Urban/Hugh Laurie
Abby Arcane: Anna Paquin
Frankenstein: Nathan Jones

Lex Luthor buys his way out of jail and invests in a new virus that will affect metahumans and aliens alike.  He infects the Justice League, turning them rabid and unable to control their actions.  It is up to the Justice League Dark to stop them and put an end to Lex.

 

Derreck:

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Directed by: Colin Trevorrow

Constantine: Matt Ryan
Zatanna: Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Swamp Thing: Matt Lauria
Deadman: Joseph Gordon Levitt
Madame Xanadu: Catherine Zeta-Jones

Doctor Fate: Nicholas Hoult/Hugo Weaving

The Justice League Dark hears rumors of Nobu’s helmet falling into evil hands and gathers to stop Doctor Fate from being manipulated by an unknown source.

 

Rae:

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Directed by: George Miller

Constantine: Tom Hardy
Zatanna: Olivia Wilde
Swamp Thing: Andy Serkis
Deadman: Joseph Gordon Levitt
Madame Xanadu: Monica Bellucci
Amethyst: January Jones
Doctor Fate: Idris Elba

Klarion the Witch Boy: Freddie Highmore
Felix Faust: Robert Carlyle

In an attempt to control the souls of the powerful Zatara family, Felix Faust and Klarion the Witch Boy join forces while the rest of the Justice League Dark try to rescue their team leader.

What do you think of our pitches? Would you watch any of these? Who would you cast? Let us know in the comments.

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Justice League Dark Pitch

HPN Presents: Best Comic Book Movie of All Time

1st Annual HPN Madness!

2017 Best Comic Book Movie of All Time

Here’s the deal:

We asked you what the best comic book movies are of all time and you gave us these 32 to choose between. Now we’re relying on you to help us whittle it down to the nitty gritty.

Which is the all time best comic movie?

Every day, we’ll release one new match up and you’ll pick the winner. The movie with the most votes move on to the next round until we are down to the one and only best of the best.

You’ll be able to tune in every Tuesday to the Screen Heroes live broadcast at 9pm EST for the daily winners.

Keep up with your bracket, because the top three bracket winners will get awesome prize packs!*

You can find the starting bracket below.

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HPN Presents: Best Comic Book Movie of All Time

Costume Couture Announcement

We’ve got a brand new web series premiering next Tuesday hosted by me, host of the Screen Heroes podcast and part of Super Sirens cosplay, plus my co-host Ian of Haus of Turner Cosplay! We’ll be talking about costumes, costuming, cosplay, and more from TV, movies, and conventions! Check out our announcement video below and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you never miss an episode.

Are you as excited as we are? What costumes would you like us to discuss? We’ve got episodes coming for Disney, Star Wars, Marvel, DC Comics, and more!

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Thanks for watching. We’ll see you next week!

Costume Couture Announcement