Obviously I love Buffy, but I also think the movie it was based off of is worth mentioning. Made in 1992, Buffy the Vampire Slayer didn't go well by critic or box office standards. It is a cheesy movie, but I like the concept. In class the women we’ve usually talked about, especially Batwoman, were strong, confident women that then took on the identity of a strong, confident superhero. Buffy, on the other hand, was a slightly snobby shallow teenager. She is like that in the show, but there we meet her after she has already taken on her role as Slayer. Movie Buffy is almost equivalent to the Cordelia character. In the movie we get to know her before she found out her “destiny” or whatever.
Buffy was a cheerleader in the “popular” crowd. She was a little ditzy and loved shopping. I think this is an interesting concept for this personality to become the one girl to fight the forces of darkness. The plot is a complete girly-girl forced to accept an enormous amount of power. She didn’t want power, but learns to grow into her responsibility. This idea is different that Wonder Woman or Batwoman. Diana was born a strong goddess who liked the idea of controlling her powers. Kate Kane was badass before she became Batwoman. I would consider Batwoman and Buffy’s original personality to be almost opposite extremes.
It shows that you don’t have to fit into the badass role in order to be “super”. Spoiler, movie Buffy still beats the bad guy. Obviously she grows as a person as she learns more about her new role. She becomes less stereotypical blonde, but she stays a cheerleader and dresses up for the prom. She never completely changes as a person. She grows but she is always the girly girl whose job is to fight Vampires.
This movie didn’t do that great, but hopefully just because it wasn’t made super well. I would hope that people would support the idea of Buffy. It shows that you don’t have to fit into an archetype to be super. The damsel in distress character can become the hero. A girl can be exactly who she is, even if that is a little ditzy, and do something important. Girl power is girl power. She doesn’t have to be a badass or butch girl to be strong.