This weekend, “Atomic Blonde” is out, starring Charlize Theron as an action hero-goddess. She’s smashing guys in the face with hot plates! She’s pummeling the bad guys with the heels of her shoes! It’s a glorious showing. One that got us wondering: What else is out there featuring kick-ass ladies?
If you’re hankering for more badassery after watching Theron — or if Netflix is giving you a big hint by suggesting “Series with a Strong Female Lead” — try these TV shows.
"Jessica Jones" (Netflix)
It’s been a while for fans of “Jessica Jones,” which introduced the hard-drinking, no-nonsense PI who has problems playing nice with others. But the reluctant superhero, played by Krysten Ritter, will soon be back in “The Defenders,” where she’ll work alongside Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Daredevil to kick the pants out of some mayhem in New York City.
Ladies? Check. Kicking ass? Double check. “GLOW” is a love letter to the ‘80s that’s unwilling to spare the distasteful details. But also? It’s literally a show about glorious women wrestling. And watching Alison Brie’s Ruth — joined with her ragtag group of misfits — dedicating themselves to the art and ferocity of wrestling is a very special thing indeed.
“Preacher” has sort of a cult following. And of its three protagonists, heavy hitter Tulip — played wonderfully by Ruth Negga of “Loving” fame — is in many ways the strongest. Certainly doesn't hurt that she fights better than the boys. In a series that explores violence, religion and the supernatural in equal turns, Tulip is always at the center, bringing the sass and kicking all the ass.
"Orphan Black" (BBC America)
“Orphan Black” is very good in many ways. But one of the best ways is that it lets its lead, the uber talented Tatiana Maslany, get down and dirty as a variety of characters — all of which are clones with very different, very distinct personalities. Still, whether Maslany is inhabiting Sarah, Helena or — let's be real — Alison, these women more than often pick fight over flight.
“The Walking Dead” was pretty great until Michonne (Danai Gurira) showed up, what with her katana and her undead slaves. But with her in it, the series is, in many ways, better. The show may be nearing its seventh season, but baby girl is still bringing baddies down — that is, when she’s not having a swoon-worthy, tender moment with Rick.