It’s never been a better time to be a connoisseur of comic book culture. Movies based on the legends of Marvel and DC Comics are packing theaters. Comic Con and Wizard World are two of the biggest fan convention series in the world. And of course, many stories of those superheroes and villains are played out every week on a variety of Marvel and DC-based television series.
To help celebrate the weekly Millennial tradition of recognizing admirable females on hump day, what follows is a list of five candidates for Woman Crush Wednesday that exist in the worlds of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, DCTV on The CW, and Gotham on FOX.
Chloe Bennet as Quake/Daisy on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
As Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues its run on ABC, Daisy Johnson has morphed from a hacker known as Skye to an Inhuman known as Quake. In the current season, Daisy is working with S.H.I.E.L.D. again after going rogue at the end of last season. While still reeling from the effects of her past relationships with Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) and Lincoln Campbell (Luke Mitchell), both of whom have died in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there’s still the potential for Quake to turn up the heat with Ghost Rider (Gabriel Luna), who she met in this season’s premiere.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesday nights at 10/9c on ABC. New episodes are made available the following day to stream on-demand via Hulu or ABC. Additionally, the first three seasons of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. can be streamed on Netflix.
Melissa Benoist as Supergirl/Kara on Supergirl
After a wildly popular crossover episode between The Flash and Supergirl last season, it comes as no surprise that the decision was made to move Melissa Benoist and friends to The CW, where other DC Comics-based shows already existed, including Arrow, The Flash, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. And while Calista Flockhart may have given Benoist a run for her money as the most attractive blonde on the show during the premiere season, Cat Grant’s new status as just a recurring (as opposed to regular) character leaves Kara Danvers as the undisputed owner of that distinction. While Supergirl’s romance with James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) may have already fizzled out, the addition of Mon-El (Chris Wood) leaves plenty of potential for an extraterrestrial love affair.
Supergirl airs Monday nights at 8/7c on The CW. New episodes are made available the following day to stream on-demand via The CW. Additionally, the first season of Supergirl can be streamed on Netflix.
Caity Lotz as White Canary/Sara Lance on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
Prior to being one of the stars of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Caity Lotz portrayed the character of Sara Lance on 30 episodes of Arrow as the little sister of Laurel/Black Canary. She was so popular that the character was literally resurrected and brought on as part of the time-travelling squad on LOT. While things got pretty hot between White Canary and Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller), his sacrificial death at the end of the freshman season put an end to that romance. Prior to Legends, Lotz had an integral role on Mad Men, important enough that she was there for the series finale.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs Thursday nights at 8/7c on The CW. New episodes are made available the following day to stream on-demand via The CW. Additionally, the first season of Legends of Tomorrow can be streamed on Netflix.
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Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones on Marvel’s Jessica Jones
Krysten Ritter has a history of portraying edgy females that viewers just can’t resist falling for, even though her characters are never the sort that would make a great impression at a family dinner. She played Jesse’s heroin-addicted girlfriend in Breaking Bad, an irresponsible party girl in Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, and a lovable, teenage ditz in Veronica Mars. In Marvel’s Jessica Jones, she takes the intensity to a whole new level. As someone still trying to recover from being the mental prisoner of a guy named Kilgrave (David Tennant), her duties as a private detective with super powers leads her into a complicated relationship with Luke Cage (Mike Colter). But now that Cage has moved on to Jessica’s acquaintance Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) in his own Netflix series, the awkwardness is sure to be palpable when all three meet up in Marvel’s The Defenders next year.
The first season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones can be streamed on-demand via Netflix. Ritter will reprise her role as Jessica on Marvel’s The Defenders in 2017, also available exclusively on Netflix. The second season of Jessica Jones has been ordered and is expected to arrive on Netflix sometime in 2018.
Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney on Gotham
In addition to being a generation older than any of the aforementioned actresses and having a husband more famous than all four of them combined, there is one further distinction between Jada Pinkett Smith and the rest of this short list: her character was created specifically for television. While Quake, White Canary, Supergirl, and Jessica Jones were all lifted from the pages of Marvel and DC Comics, Fish Mooney can only be seen on Gotham. Like White Canary from Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow, Jada’s portrayal of the crime boss was so compelling that the series killed the character off in Season 2, only to resurrect her in Season 3. Unlike her younger counterparts on this list, Mooney rarely seems interested in sex or romance, and instead remains focused on accumulating as much control and power over Gotham City as possible.
Gotham airs Monday nights at 8/7c on FOX. New episodes are made available the following day to stream on-demand via Hulu or FOX. Additionally, the first two seasons of Gotham can be streamed on Netflix.
[Featured Images by Legends of Tomorrow/The CW, Gotham/FOX and Supergirl/The CW]