Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot, inspired women everywhere to use the love inside them to help save the world — in ways both big and small. Though we know Diana Prince is just a comic book character and there’s no such thing as an invisible jet, she’s still a powerful symbol for anyone who’s looking to find truth and justice in a world that can often feel frightening and unfair. Wonder Woman gives all of us hope.
Luckily, the sequel, Wonder Woman 2, is currently in the works and set to hit movie theaters Nov. 1, 2019. The bad news is we have to wait a year and a half to see this hero brandish her golden Lasso of Truth, but the good news is there are plenty of other movies coming out this year that also star powerful women. Here are the best female characters in movies to help inspire you until Wonder Woman is back.
1. The Biologist in Annihilation (Feb. 23)
The laws of nature get turned on their head when a group of female scientists investigate a land where humans no longer seem to be at the top of the food chain. Natalie Portman stars as The Biologist alongside Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez and Oscar Isaac.
2. Dominika Egorova in Red Sparrow (March 2)
Jennifer Lawrence plays a Russian ballerina who enlists in Sparrow School to learn how to use her body as a weapon on behalf of the Russian government. Things get dangerous when she targets a CIA agent, played by super-sexy Joel Edgerton.
3. Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who & Mrs. Which in A Wrinkle in Time (March 9)
4. Lara Croft in Tomb Raider (March 16)
British archaeologist Lara Croft gets a reboot, this time with Swedish actor Alicia Vikander. In the film, Lara must travel to a mysterious island where her father has gone missing.
5. Lou, Rose & Debbie in Oceans 8 (June 8)
Lou (Cate Blanchett), Rose (Helena Bonham Carter) and Debbie (Sandra Bullock) band together to lead a group of gangster gals in this female-driven heist movie. With Dakota Fanning, Olivia Munn and Sarah Paulson supporting them, this could be the most powerful female ensemble this year.
6. Mulan in Mulan (Nov. 2)
Live-action Disney movies are in vogue right now, and we couldn’t be happier. Originally inspired by the ancient Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, a warrior woman skilled at martial arts, the movie tells the story of Mulan (Yifei Liu), a young woman who pretends to be a male warrior to search for her missing father.
7. Mary & Elizabeth I in Mary Queen of Scots (Nov. 2)
The brutal story of these two rival queens never gets old. Scottish Queen Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) plots to dethrone her half-sister, Queen Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie).
8. Ruth Bader Ginsburg in On the Basis of Sex (release date TBD)
Felicity Jones plays United States Supreme Court associate justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she faces sexism while fighting for equal rights.