Suicide Squad (August 5)
Last year, DC launched their Super Hero Girls line, a positive, female-friendly storytelling universe that wants to “empower kids to shine with confidence and courage.” Neat, huh? One of the main characters in the line is Harley Quinn, Joker’s former girlfriend, now re-imagined as a fun, heroic prankster. If your daughter loves the new Harley, dear god, keep her FAR, FAR away from 2016’s Suicide Squad, in which Margot Robbie’s Harleen Quinzel does an aerial strip tease in the freakin’ trailer, promising us the most male-gazey Harley imaginable.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (November 18)
I am rooting for this movie. I really am. Particularly because J.K. Rowling wrote the script herself, but I would LOVE IT if the main female character had her own agendas, desires, and motivations, and wasn’t just a Hermione retread, constantly nagging or trying to rein Newt Scamander in. Let’s hope that I’m pleasantly surprised.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (December 16)
Let’s see… new Star Wars movie… only one main female character mentioned in the cast list (Felicity Jones)… she’s supposed to be the lead…
So, can we start our #WheresFelicity hashtag now or should we wait?
Hold on, there’s a rumor that her character name is “Lyra Erso”. What about #WheresLyra? Honestly, why do we have a SINGLE REASON to believe that Disney and Star Wars will do better this time around? It’s so frustrating.
And, guess what? Do you know what’s an anagram for Lyra Erso? SO RARELY.
Which is fitting because I’m guessing that’s how often you’ll find her on the shelves at your local toy store.
Did we miss any potential pop culture disappointments for your geek daughters in 2016? Were there movies we missed? Should we have included TV shows, books, comics? Should we have mentioned Game of Thrones: Season 6? Let us know what we missed in the comments below