Joss Whedon has always admired fictional women who are not only smart and beautiful but know how to kick butt. A majority of his female characters fit just that description, from his days working on Buffy the Vampire Slayer to the Black Widow on The Avengers. Now he’s openly talking out about his hatred for the rest of the superhero movie community and how generally pissed off he is that they’re taking so long to bring more female superheroes out there on the big screen.
During an interview, Joss Whedon spoke out against those unnamed individuals who have at some points told him that females in the lead role for a superhero movie cannot be done. It just can’t work. We agree with Joss Whedon when he says that they’re so wrong:
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.”
Fictional and real life females generally have it tough when it pertains to superhero movies, and in some ways falls into the general trap concerning women’s presence in film. It’s still very much a man’s world, and while there are a better chunk of us rising up and gaining power, I believe it would be most beneficial if we saw that extend onto the big screen with more of these movies. I agree with Whedon when it comes to The Hunger Games leading to a much needed shift in these films. Strong female characters are just as capable as fictional male characters to carry the weight of a movie and still be really well done. Maybe more studios should take a little leap of faith, and hire better screenwriters, so we can avoid making another Catwoman and create more films along the lines of The Hunger Games.
Do you agree with Joss Whedon?