The superhero movie has come of age, and I think we can all agree it's a glorious age. Sure, it would be nice to have Spider-Man, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four in the Marvel Studio pen rather than being executed with varying degrees of success by other studios that understand comic movies are big now but not exactly why, but I can live with that if it nets me Winter Soldier and Rocket Freakin' Racoon on the big screen. I'm even excited about Ant-Man, and that sentence has probably never been typed before.
But look at that amazing line up of films stretching back to Iron Man and Batman Begins and you'll notice a pattern. I'll give you a hint; it's the parts that do not involve flying mammals or alloys. Superpowered females in any form are almost non-existent in the modern cinematic universe, and yet we've all just seen the best example that this is an error in movie studio judgment in the fact that Disney's biggest hit in years is for all intents and purposes a superhero movie.
Think about it... first off, Elsa has a superpower, the only Disney princess to do so that doesn't involve talking to the animals. Rapunzel has that healing hair trick and some of the rest are capable fighters, but Elsa has cryokinesis. That puts her in the big leagues as far as powers go. Iceman was classified as an omega level mutant, the highest level of genetic potential, for basically the same power. She is a magic-based meta-human. No argument. More »