by Rowena Papasin, ABS-CBN News
The actresses of the DC Comics universe are banding together to promote women power, and to encourage other women to not be afraid to be themselves.
Coming on the heels of the Women’s March, the #MeToo and the #TimesUp movements, girl power rules on the sets of Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow.
Supergirl lead actress Melissa Benoist says she was inspired to see people wearing the “Superman” shirt during the march, and hopes this will inspire young girls to be as brave. She also wants their TV show to reflect this.
“I think that floodgates kind of opened for everyone but for us especially with the stories we tell. All the women here really feel empowered and feel emblazoned by it and that’s exciting,” Benoist says. “What I would like to continue to happen is bring as many strong women on the show as possible.”
The movement which has also brought to light the income disparity between genders has also pushed “The Tlash” actresses Danielle Panabaker and Candice Patton to take steps to help close the pay gap between actors and actresses.
“Our male counterparts can help us. If we know what they’re getting paid, if they’re willing to say, you know, this is what they’re bringing me on this film to make, and you realize that, you know, you get a third of that, they can help us. They have a lot of power in helping us. It’s a fight that we can’t fight alone,” says Patton.
Panabaker says, “I think it is time, it’s time for women to be given the respect and the paychecks and the, everything that they deserve.”
Patton, along with Caity Lotz of “Legends of Tomorrow,” started the social media account “Shethority,” which aims to inspire and empower other women through the stories they share on social media.
Apart from the strong female characters in its shows, the DC TV universe has also been very inclusive in its cast.
But Supergirl actors Mehcad Brooks and David Harebrook said a lot of work still needs to be done.
Supergirl returns onscreen this coming April 16.