If you don’t notice the lack of leading lady superheroines on the big screen, then you’re not paying attention. We get movie after movie about guys like Iron Man and Thor but hardly anything of the other sex. You can point out movies like Elektra and how several women were part of the X-Men films, and you wouldn’t be wrong – however, it’s not exactly balanced. Joss Whedon agrees.
While doing an interview with The Daily Beast, he responded to a question about the lack of female superheroes in film with the following:
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.”
The Hunger Games is definitely setting the right tone, and there is possibly a Ms. Marvel movie on the horizon but it’s not enough. It strikes me as utterly ridiculous that there have been a bajillion Superman movies and not a single Wonder Woman one. How does that happen? Though I share Whedon’s frustration and I’d love to see the landscape change, I don’t think we’ll see an instant change. Over time though? I’ve got my fingers crossed.