ozoneoceanI blame the cult of the anti-hero. Most, if not all, super heroes created since the 1980s have had a darker side to them. The traditional Golden and Silver Age heroes who didn't have one have had one grafted onto them. What were nice guys are now violent thugs, or womanisers, or money grabbers or just generally morally questionable. Given the success the majors have had with their darker “heroes”, it was only logical they would try to do the same with their heroines.
I wonder why we don't have any female hero characters like that around the place?
There are the obvious candidates (Huntress, Barda) but even the iconic golden girl herself, Wonder Woman, has suffered. In her early incarnations, she battled bad guys but always had a smile and a genuine concern for the well-being of others. Now, nine times out of ten, she just scowls.
She scowls because she's misunderstood by the men around her. She scowls because other super heroines resent her. She scowls because she can't understand how things work in Man's World (after how many decades?!) She scowls because she's angry. She scowls because her warrior self is at odds with her diplomat self. I think she possibly scowls more often than Batman these days.
I assume the fascination with anti-heroes will eventally run its course and, whilst we'll always want to have a few lurking in the shadows, it'll be nice to see some more heroes (male and female) who actually have moral standards and something more than a passing acquaintance with a few social skills.
Oh, and by the way, I learned recently that tomorrow is Wonder Woman Day. Just in case, like me, you didn't know there was one!