Revisiting a group of DC Women that I had drawn previously a couple years ago. I saw that my stock was a little low during the last show and I decided I wanted to redraw the group before sending it back to print. While I was at it I made a few additions for the characters.
For our center 3 DC women, they got a bit of a costume update since last time. Batgirl with the “Batgirl of Burnside” look from her most recent run in the comics. I series I really enjoyed. Supergirl taking more of a cue from her TV counterpart. Bringing the hair down to be a little less blonde, as well as the different skirt. Wonder Woman is taking after her movie look from Batman v Superman.
The rest of the ladies are more taking a better attempt at me. I don’t know why, but I’ve been struggling to get Black Canary to look correct. I’m happier with her here than I have been of past ones. Power Girl taking after more of Amanda Conner’s design. Although, I don’t know if I’ll keep including her in this line up. DC doesn’t seem to be using her as much lately. I’m suspecting due to frequent complains about her costume. But I also have friends that identify with her because she is a curvy woman who is proud of her body. It is a fine line of depicting that in a way that is empowering and not objectifying the character. Which is important if she is our lead character.
My question/concern about this group is that it is a bit homogeneous. As much as I’m pushing myself to use this as an opportunity to depict a larger range of body shapes – Power Girl is curvier, WW is taller & muscular, Bat girl is smaller and agile – I have more room to push. More concerning to me is that the group is largely white and blonde. I considered a couple other women of color, but did not include them since they were more noticeable in other groups I had done, or I didn’t think they were well enough known.
The other issue I’m having with DC women is that the most popular women are villains. Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Catwoman are without question bigger names than some of the characters I have here. Sorry Star Girl. So I’ve wondered if that is something I should wrap up into this group. But I’ve also wanted to keep this strictly heroes.
Later on in the far future, I plan on doing a poster of 100 superheroic women. Harley, Ivy and Catwoman will definitely be sneaking their way onto that one. They’ve been variations of heroes, at times. More Catwoman. Far less Ivy.