5 Most Badass Film Heroines of 2012

3. Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw (Prometheus)

Ridley Scott is often credited with giving us the world€™s first real action heroine in Sigourney Weaver€™s Ripley in Alien. Returning to those roots, Scott has given us another iconic heroine in Elizabeth Shaw. Shaw is the driving force in what comes off as an ensemble film. It is her idea to go on the mission and she often seems to have more influence on the situation than mission director Meredith Vickers (another strong female character). Smart and resourceful, Shaw earned her spot in cinema history with the unforgettable scene where she €œaborts€ the alien offspring using an automated surgery table. The scene, while a bit disturbing, proves undeniably that Shaw is just as strong and brave as genre predecessors Ripley and Sarah Connor.
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David Molofsky is the creator and author of the Superhero Film Blog APlaceToHangYourCape.com.