Electra Woman and Dyna Girl: Will this be the Superhero Movie Women Deserve?
Sid and Marty Krofft’s Electra Woman and Dyna Girl first aired in 1976 as a series to poke fun of the Batman television series from the decade before. The 16 episode, sci-fi series featuring the two titular female, caped-crusaders, ended up standing on its own.
Nearly 40 years later, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl resurged at the right time during the YouTube phenomena and reboot trend. As seen in the trailer, the two heroes appropriately get their start from social media and set off to California to fight the good fight, all while the film pokes fun at Los Angeles culture. The reboot will star Grace Helbig as Electra Woman and Hannah Hart as Dyna Girl, both whom began their careers through YouTube.
Taking advantage of the popularity of digital media, branding network Fullscreen teams up with the digital division of Legendary Studios to offer a world wide release via digital distribution. This distribution method has proven to be a popular choice for online content creators such as Rooster Teeth and their film “Lazer Team,” distributed through YouTube Red, and Lionsgate’s “Thadland,”available through Lionsgate At Home-- both Kickstarter successes.
Digital distribution allows for studios to reduce cost and release unconventional titles which is perfect for Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, a film that stars two female superheroes. Despite its comedic and facetious nature, we rarely see two main female superheroes in the same movie. We rarely see female-centric action comedies that isn’t about a wedding or sleeping with men or becoming beauty queens either.
Electra Woman and Dyna Girl are also clad in functional, yet stylish, leather uniforms that not only looks better than the original spandex, but isn’t overly hypersexualized either. I’m very excited to see relatable female characters that not only fight for friendship instead of romance but also deviate from the misconception that a physically strong female character is a strongly written female character. But because they’re two comediennes whose successes stemmed off of YouTube, and their first film isn’t being released traditionally, they may never be taken as seriously as someone from a Marvel or DC film. This is, however, a step in the right direction because women rarely get to star in anything that isn’t a “chick flick.”
Will Hannah Hart’s sexuality be carried over to her characters, diversifying her character in a way we’ve yet to see in a Marvel or DC movie? Can future superhero films learn from EWDG? Let us know what you think!
Electra Woman and Dyna Girl will be released on major digital platforms on June 7.