Nine women you must see before the end of the world*
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There’s no denying that over the past year the majority of film buzz has been about Batman, Superman and Spider-Man. But 2012 is the year where women reclaim their title as Holywood’s biggest badasses.
Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady (6th Jan)
Meryl Streep plays the first and only female British prime minister, Margaret Thatcher. The film gives us an intimate – and somewhat controversial – look at one of history’s most influential political figures.
We see how Margaret Thatcher struggles and succeeds to come out on top in a world dominated by men.
Mallory Kane in Haywire (18th Jan)
Gina Carano, even before landing this ass-kicking role, is a confirmed badass. She’s a mixed martial arts fighter, she previously ranked #3 as a 145-pound world fighter and has been said to be the face of women’s MMA.
Her character Mallory Kane is a covert operative. When a mission goes wrong in Dublin and she sees she has been betrayed she sets out for revenge. You do not want to double cross a black ops super soldier.
Selene in Underworld Awakening (20th Jan)
The stunning Kate Beckinsale returns in the fourth instalment of the Underworld series. The Vampire and Lycan clans have always been at war with each other but now the humans have discovered their existence and Selene must lead this supernatural war against the human race.
You can see Kate Beckinsale and all her blue eyed, black leather glory in 3D this time round.
The Evil Queen in Mirror Mirror (16th March)
We will be treated to two extremely different versions of the Snow White fairytale in 2012 and first up is Julia Roberts‘ portrayal of the Evil Queen.
The flame haired beauty shows us her wicked side when she takes control of what should be Snow White’s kingdom. But it’s not long before Snow White seeks help to reclaim what is rightfully hers.
Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games (23rd March)
The excitement leading up to The Hunger Games film has been palpable. If you’ve yet to see Jennifer Lawrence in X-Men: First Class as Mystique then make sure you do. You’ll be excited with her acting talents as well as her half painted/half glued on prosthetics costume.
Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss Everdeen, a girl who volunteers to take the place of her sister in The Hunger Games where 24 contestants face deadly challenges, live on TV. Only one will survive and Katniss will do anything to be the victor.
Black Widow in The Avengers (27th April)
Scarlett Johansson played Black Widow briefly in Iron Man 2 and she left a trail of bodies in her wake.
Now, the fiery Black Widow returns as the only female member of The Avengers to save the world from Thor’s brother Loki and the team of bad guys he assembles.
Snow White in Snow White and The Huntsman (1st July)
Kristen Stewart stars in Snow White and the Huntsman where she is anything but useless. When the huntsman is ordered to kill her in the woods they team up instead. The huntsman trains Snow White up in to a fully fledged badass so she can kick seven shades out of the evil Queen Ravenna.
Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises (20th July)
Selina Kyle returns to the Batman franchise in Christopher Nolan’s final Batman: The Dark Knight Rises. Anne Hathaway plays Selina Kyle a.k.a Catwoman and instead of wearing a skimpy Halle Berry-esque cat suit, she appears in an appropriate, leather body suit.
But she still manages to retain her feline sexiness while being completely mysterious and dangerous.
Princess Merida in Brave (17th August)
Pixar’s “Brave” had to be included in the list because it looks so incredible. Damsels in distress need not apply for this film. The Scottish Princess Merida sets out to make her own destiny when she refuses to take part in an age old tradition. She’s a highly skilled archer and it’s up to Merida to defeat a beastly curse.
Finally, an independent and strong animated Princess to be proud of.
What femmes fatales are you most looking forward to seeing on the big screen this year?
* Gaelick accepts no liability if the world does or does not end in 2012, and we blame the Mayans entirely.