TV & FILM
bill-swift - June 6, 2013
If there's one thing I think everyone can agree on, it's that there should be more superhero movies with female leads. Whether your reasons for holding this belief are high-minded (cultural equality of the sexes!) or shallow (more spandex, baby!), there is plenty of common ground for all of us to stand on.
So why aren't there more female superhero movies? Well, Avengers writer and director Joss Whedon has some ideas. And recently, he sat down with Marlow Stern at The Daily Beast to discuss them.
Here's why he thinks there is a lack of female superheroes in film:
Toymakers will tell you they won't sell enough, and movie people will point to the two terrible superheroine movies that were made and say, You see? It can't be done. It's stupid, and I'm hoping The Hunger Games will lead to a paradigm shift. It's frustrating to me that I don't see anybody developing one of these movies. It actually pisses me off. My daughter watched The Avengers and was like, 'My favorite characters were the Black Widow and Maria Hill,' and I thought, Yeah, of course they were.
I know it sounds kind of crazy when a Hollywood director says he can't get a movie made about a powerful woman in a skimpy outfit. After all, that's pretty much the only thing I ever want in a movie. But the guy knows what he's talking about. Not only is he the one behind the increased significance of the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) in Avengers; he also tried to make a Wonder Woman movie for years but got nowhere.
Makes you kind of sad, doesn't it?
H/T – [The Daily Beast]
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