Ever since Jennifer Lawrence stepped into the role of Katniss Everdeen in 2012’s “The Hunger Games” the number of strong, independent superheroines has exploded on the big screen.
Amy Adams and Emma Stone’s portrayals of Lois Lane (“Man of Steel”) and Gwen Stacy (“The Amazing Spider-Man”) are a far cry from damsels in distress.
In 2015, Elizabeth Olsen will join Marvel’s “Avengers” sequel as the Scarlet Witch while Gal Gadot gears up as the new Wonder Woman in the big “Batman / Superman” movie.
But they weren’t the first to bring famous comic characters to life on screen.
*Note: We are aware Lois Lane, Gwen Stacy, and Mary Jane aren’t technically superheroines, but their characters are too iconic to leave off the list.
Then: Before Amy Adams, Noel Neill was the original red-headed Lois Lane in TV show 'Adventures of Superman' (1953-1958).
Now (Age: 93): Since then, Neill has been involved in countless Superman shorts and TV series appearances. She even had a small role in 2006's 'Superman Returns.'
The photo above shows Noel Neill reunited with actor Jack Larson who played Jimmy Olson in the 1950s 'Superman' television series.
Now: Kitt passed away in 2008 at age 81 after a long TV and Broadway career that included voicing a Disney villain.
Then: Lee Meriwether first played Selina Kyle's feline alter ego in a 1966 adaptation of the 'Batman' series.
Now (Age: 78): Meriwether continued acting, worked in theatre, and dedicated herself to humanitarian efforts.
Now (Age 76): Craig remained in the television and film industries. She most recently voiced a character on Nick Jr. cartoon series 'Olivia.'
Then: Lynda Carter was the first actress to play Wonder Woman in the NBC television series that ran from 1975-1979.
Now (Age 62): Since Carter's famous superheroine role, she has partaken in a string of television series, films, and theatre shows.
The actress even made her return to the world of DC Comics with a role as a Kryptonite-empowered mother on the CW's 'Smallville.'
If being the most famous Wonder Woman wasn't enough, Carter dove into a singing career, and even toured the U.S. in 2007 as a one-woman musical cabaret show.
Now (Age: 65): Kidder has since starred in 1979's 'The Amityville Horror' and has appeared on 'The L-Word' and 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,' and two episodes of 'Smallville.'
Now (Age 50): Slater has appeared on 'Seinfeld,' voiced a character on Emmy-winning 'Batman: The Animated Series,' and pursued a music career.
Slater appeared on a variety of television shows, playing one of Jerry's many love interests on 'Seinfeld.'
From 1992-1994, she made a return to the comic world by voicing Talia al Ghul in 'Batman: The Animated Series.'
Slater also co-founded a New York theatre named The Naked Angels, played lead Laura Turner in the 1994 film 'Lassie,' and released three albums -- the last one of which was released in 2010.
Now (Age: 60): Bassinger won an Oscar for her femme-fatale role in 'L.A. Confidential,' appeared in '8 Mile' with Eminem, and played Zac Efron's mum in 'Charlie St. Cloud.'
Now (Age: 55): Pfeiffer achieved mainstream success as one of today's most well-known Hollywood actresses.
Her most recent role was as Maggie in 2013's 'The Family' about a notorious mafia clan.
Above photo is from: 'The Family'
Then: Teri Hatcher played Lois Lane, a journalist and love interest of Superman, in 'Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman' (1993-1997).
Now (Age: 49): Hatcher became one of the highest-paid women in television with her role on 'Desperate Housewives.'
Now (Age: 43): Thurman went on to lead the popular 'Kill Bill' franchise and will be in this year's racy two-part 'Nymphomaniac' films.
Though Silverstone's claim to fame 'Clueless' came before her Batgirl role, the actress went on to act in flicks like 'The Art of Getting By' and 'Beauty Shop,' as well as 1997's 'Excess Baggage' -- the first from Silverstone's own production company.
Now (Age: 48): Janssen reprised her role three times while also starring in the 'Taken' franchise and Netflix's 'Hemlock Grove.'
Acting isn't Janssen's only claim to fame, though. She wrote and directed the UK comedy 'Bringing Up Bobby,' which starred Milla Jovovich and Marcia Cross.
But Storm hasn't been Berry's only comic book character gig. You may have forgotten Berry attempted taking down a cosmetics company in 2004's 'Catwoman,' that has been referred to as one of the worst movies ever made. The actress earned took home a razzie for her role.
Then: Kirsten Dunst played Spidey's love interest, Mary Jane Watson, in Sam Raimi's 'Spider-Man' franchise (2002-2007).
Now (Age: 31): Dunst has since appeared in smaller, critically acclaimed films such as 'Melancholia' and 'Bachelorette.'
Now (Age: 41): Garner moved on to ABC hit series 'Alias' before marrying 'Daredevil' co-star, Ben Affleck. She just starred in last year's 'Dallas Buyers Club.'
... while Amy Adams will return as Lois Lane in the big 'Batman / Superman' movie next year. Joining her will be Gal Gadot ('Fast and Furious') as the new Wonder Woman.
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