Weaver has never played a literal superhero, but she is a genre icon. Weaver’s breakout role as Ellen Ripley in the 1979 sci-fi horror hybrid Alien made her an instant symbol of exactly what a badass woman could do on screen — things like fighting parasitic aliens and taking down androids. Just like Wonder Woman did for Gadot and Marvel for Larson, Alien made Weaver a household name and solidified her character’s place in pop culture forever. She was nominated for a Best Actress award for the film’s sequel Aliens in 1987 and “Get away from her, you bitch!” is one of the most quotable lines from a horror movie, ever.
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