By Chris Serico, TODAY Show
Rowan Hansen’s superpowers don’t include bending steel or flying with a cape, but that hasn’t stopped the 11-year-old girl from saving the day with her call for more female superheroes.
Last month, the Champaign, Illinois, fifth-grader addressed a letter to DC Comics — whose characters include Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman — to express her frustrations. “I love your comics," she wrote, "but I would love them a lot more if there were more girls."
In Rowan’s quest for truth, justice and the American way, her letter became more than a conversation; it became a movement that DC Comics couldn't ignore.
“I have never really understood why they've had more male superheroes,” Rowan told TODAY. “It's not like the male superheroes are better than the female superheroes. But there are just more of them.”
She was reminded of this when she received a birthday gift of Justice League figures, whose set of 12 only includes two female characters. In addition to requesting action figures of Hawkgirl, Catwoman and other female DC characters, she asked for better efforts when it comes to green-lighting projects on television and the silver screen.
"There are Superman and Batman movies, but not a Wonder Woman one," she wrote. "You have a Flash TV show but not a Wonder Woman one. Marvel comics made a movie about a talking tree and raccoon awesome, but you haven't made a movie with Wonder Woman."
Although Wonder Woman is expected to appear in next year's "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice," no finalized plans for a movie of her own have been announced.
In closing, Rowan's letter called for greater action across the board. "Please do something about this," she wrote. "Girls read comics, too, and they care."
She also questioned the practicality of women superheroes’ costumes.
“If Batman gets to wear armor, then why doesn't Wonder Woman get to wear armor?” she said. “And I know that she's kind of invulnerable, but it would still be nicer if she didn't wear a bathing suit all the time.”
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