It’s no secret that Joss Whedon loves female heroines. After killing off characters it’s probably what he’s most known for. He’s created badass characters such as Zoë, Buffy and Echo to name a few. Who doesn’t like to see a strong female character in the movies?! A lot of us do, but for some reason the studios don’t think that we do. That’s why we don’t see more female superhero films, and this pisses Whedon off. During a recent interview with The Daily Beast, the filmmaker lets loose his frustration saying:
“I was raised by a hardcore feminist. I was also much smaller than my brothers and bullied a lot, so I identify with the feeling of helplessness.
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 read a beautiful thing Junot Diaz wrote: “If you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves.”
They asked what’s next for Whedon once The Avengers 2 is all done, Whedon hinted that maybe he’ll look at rectifying that female superhero problem:
“I miss the blank page. I’d love to do a ballet, but I’m still thinking about how to stage it. And back to the female-hero thing, I’m not going to let nobody do it. It doesn’t have to be me, but it could be.”
The time is now! You’ve got the successes of Hunger Games, Brave and even Bridesmaids at the box office. The new Tomb Raider game was so well praised they are basing a movie on the game. Marvel even has a few team books that consist of all females superheroes. Yes I know people will mention Catwoman or Elektra, but bad is bad. If you want to go there you can say many more “male” movies have flopped, since there is so many more to begin with. Daredevil had a budget of $78 million versus Elektra with a budget of $43 million, I’m just saying.
If anyone can change Hollywood’s mind on female heroes, it’s got to be Joss Whedon right?