Wonder Woman, Batman v Superman
We didn’t get to see much of her, but Gal Gadot’s first ever cinematic version of Wonder Woman really impressed in Batman v Superman. Gadot was both graceful and gung-ho in the role and was a ray of light in that testosterone-fest of a movie. We can’t wait for her own solo flick next year.
Maeve Millay, Westworld
Dolores was a fascinating character but the star of Westworld’s first season has to be Maeve, as played by Thandie Newton. The brother madame with the barbed tongue had the most independence and agency of any host in the park and her grand escape plan was must-watch TV.
Harley Quinn, Suicide Squad
The complexity of her relationship with the Joker might have been watered down, but Margot Robbie still gave a spirited performance as Harley Quinn. She’s a gloriously anti-role model character and it’s no surprise she has already been granted her own spin-off film.
Judy Hopps, Zootopia
Yes, Zootopia‘s Judy Hopps is a rabbit but she was still a great character with an important message, as she wanted to break down stereotypes and be who she wanted to be (a police officer). Her bravery and determination will hopefully be an inspiration to little girls everywhere.
Eleven, Stranger Things
Part Frankenstein’s Monster, part ET, part Jean Grey of the X-Men, Eleven from Stranger Things has become an instant icon of pop culture and the show’s breakout character. Millie Bobbie Brown gave a incredibly mature performance as the troubled telepath, which hints at a big career for her ahead.