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Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman may have put the spotlight on female superheroes in 2017, but these badass ladies have existed on film and TV for decades.

From Eartha Kitt's historic portrayal of Catwoman in the '60s to Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman to more modern powerhouses like Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique, for years, women have been proving female heroes are both formidable and worthy of increased representation.

Check out the gorgeous ladies behind your favorite female superheroes.