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Tank Girl: Why This ’90s Oddity Is A Great Comic Book Movie

Tank Girl was one of the oddest films released in the 90s. It was a science fiction movie based on an illustrated comic book series of the same name. It was controversial at the time and remains a matter of sharp division to date. The film’s protagonist lives in a post-apocalyptic, drought-ravaged Australian landscape, where the only water that remains is monopolized by the crooked corporation Water & Power. She is an odd character, who is very unconventional, to say the least. She has her run-ins with the evil corporations and is even kidnapped by them at one time. However, she is quite determined and does not go down without a fight. The film was a commercial failure and tanked upon its release.

Nevertheless, it went on to become a cult classic and has a dedicated fan base around the world. Evidence of this can be seen in the occasional pop culture references. People still dress up as the Tank Girl in cosplay events and there is even talk of a sequel with Margot Robbie in the lead. Today, we take a closer look at Tank Girl and discuss the reasons why it is a great movie! If you haven’t watched it already, maybe we can convince you to give it shot!

1. Its Visual Appeal

Reasons why the film Tank Girl is Great
Lori Petty in ‘Tank Girl’.


The Tank Girl has a fancy outfit. With her peroxide blonde, tufty crop, slashed logo tees, oversized, punk pin-embellished leather jackets, and tiny mini skirts she is different! And was a huge breath of fresh air in the fashion scene in the 90s. Her clothing was iconic and it greatly influenced fashion in the years to come. Lori Petty, who plays the Tank Girl changes her outfit 18 times in the film. Her fashion choices were unique and for many, her iconic image stuck.

Her get-up is an inspiration for many, who dress like her in cosplay events. The special effects of the film are awesome and so is the liberal use of cartoons. Cartoons are not only used at the beginning and the ending of the film but also several places in the movie. All in all, the film was a visual treat, whether it be the Tank Girl’s outfit, the films’ special effects, or its extensive use of cartoons.

2. Cult Following

Reasons why the film Tank Girl is Great
A still from Tank Girl

Despite being a commercial letdown, Tank Girl acquired a cult following. It found a place in popular culture and its legacy is enduring. Decades after its release, its influence on fashion can be seen. People often dress up as The Tank Girl, and it remains a cultural icon for many. It has influenced many films that have come in the past years. Moreover, when the lead Lori Petty was asked about her opinion of the enduring popularity of the film, she said: “There’s no formula as to why Tank Girl was so fabulous and why people love it so much … It was unique, it was new, it was fresh, it was way ahead of its time, and I’m happy that I got to do it and that I’ll always have her.”

3. Sensory Overload!

Reasons why the film Tank Girl is Great
A still from Tank Girl

The film has a great overall appeal to it. The visuals are amazing, the soundtracks are awesome and the plot, well the plot is free-spirited and fun! Absolute crazy things are accommodated in the film. The special effects and props are unique and elevate the film a lot. After all this, the result is a fun joy ride that sticks with you long after you have watched it. Do give this film a shot and let us know how you found it in the comment section! Adios!

Written by Angad Singh

Angad is the Exclusive Editorials Head at FandomWire. Besides editing and writing duties, he procures material and manages the direction of our site's exclusive editorials. A lawyer by degree and a writer at heart, he prefers sleep over everything.