With Wonder Woman rumours swirling and Joss Whedon’s recent comments about feminism currently reverberating throughout the blogosphere, it seems like a good time to discuss the current state of women in comic book movies. Whedon himself has spoken out on the subject, stating that the lack of female-led superhero movies kinda pisses him off. Considering that he’s in a perfect position to influence the movies that Marvel chooses to make, the fact that there aren’t any known plans for such a thing speaks volumes. Kevin Feige seems to think that supporting roles for characters like Pepper Potts and Peggy Carter are good enough for now. Why are studios so afraid of making blockbusters that star women?
The failure of Elektra and Catwoman are often cited as excuses, along with limited sales of action figures featuring female characters for kids. Still, Whedon has pointed out the insane success of YA franchises like The Hunger Games, many of which happen to star women. Wonder Woman is probably the best known female superhero, and it sounds like there’s a good chance that she will appear in the Batman vs. Superman movie but we still don’t know if she will ever headline her own movie. That seems crazy. And what about Black Widow? You can’t tell me that men won’t pay to see Scarlett Johansson in her own movie. What do you think? Is the problem that all the female comic book characters are uninteresting? Are there not enough A-list actresses to support these things? Why haven’t there been any female superhero movies since the mid-2000s? Give us your thoughts here on Open Forum Friday.