Pardis Pourabedini

In 2020, five of the most anticipated action blockbusters of the year — Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey, Cate Shoreland’s Black Widow, Niki Caro’s Mulan, Chloe Zhao’s The Eternals, and Patti Jenkins’ Wonder Woman: 1984 — are directed by and starring women. No longer relegated to playing the damsel in distress, we’re seeing women kick ass both as heroes and villains.