While my "Billie Freeman: World's Mightiest Mortal
" story is mostly based on the Golden Age Fawcett Captain Marvel comics, specifically the ones in the Public Domain (so no Black Adam), I bent the rules a little bit and used the 90s "Power of Shazam" conceit that Billie's super-powered "Champion" form is based on the power-user's personal self-ideal of what a superhero should look like (it was always implied, but not made explicit until Dan Jurgens wrote it). Since Billie herself is a physically-active tomboy with a history of beating up bullies, though, I based her look off of what I thought someone like that who still identified as female would consider "super," namely lean but prominent muscles, short hair, and not a lot of curves...compact and powerful, loosely based on a more positive spin on her foster mother, Mary "Freckles" Dudley.
However, I've been reading up on female representation in comics...fuck your "Tumblrite/SJW" bullshit, it's something that should at least be taken into consideration, especially when you're making an all-ages appropriate female superhero...because I noticed that, even among other "progressive" female superheroes, Billie's hero form is an anomaly. DC Super Girls, DC Bombshells, Ms. Marvel, even the IamElemental toyline and, yes, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (at least the first couple of seasons, when Faust was still on it) all still emphasize more overtly feminine physiques and attitudes, and, in fact, deeper reading seems to indicate that the "traditional" concept of a tomboy is actually an outdated stereotype that can be as toxic as the "girly girls, let's go SHOPPING!" one (or the jock/dudebro and pencil-necked geek "Revenge of the Nerds" stereotypes for males).
Readjusting Billie as a character is no big deal...she already has a love of cute things (her guide for most of "Billie's Quest" is a plushie of Tawky Tawny the Talking Tiger, and she has a Hoppy the Marvel Bunny one as well) and it's not like she was ever a "She-Woman: Man-Hater" type to begin with (I was even going to have her nurse a crush on Lt. Abernathy at first, although I still haven't bothered to get into anything about her sexuality...she's freaking 10-12, it shouldn't realistically be much of a thing for her yet, I think). However, I was wondering if that would effect the appearance of her Champion form any? I'm not talking anything as overt as having her run around dressed like "Black Mary" from Countdown, or even switching her spats for a skirt and briefs, really, but should I reconsider her general physique in favor of something less bulky and more, well, feminine?
...I'm particularly interested in the thoughts of any female followers I might have, but all comments (other than crude "SHOW US HER TITS!" or anyone bashing my interest in female representation as "libtard SJW SHIT") are welcome. Keep it civil, please...these are superhero fan characters here, not the Constitution.