The fact that there are comparatively few really good female superheroes, and movie studios don’t seem willing to take a risk on the ones that do exist, has really been pissing off the guy who created Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
In an interview with The Daily Beast’s Marlow Stern, Joss Whedon says the industry’s reluctance to put female heroes in the spotlight really pisses him off. Since so much is financially motivated, though, he’s hoping that the enormous success of The Hunger Games will make people realize that there’s a huge market for female heroes.
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.”
I get where Whedon’s daughter is coming from. I remember reading The Hobbit when I was eight years old and being confused as to why there weren’t any girls in it. But there will probably be a few more female superheroes in the next Avengers installment, because Whedon’s on board and has already let slip that the Scarlet Witch, the daughter of X-Men villain Magneto, would be joining the team.
Whedon has a fondness for heroines that he credits to his mother, who he describes as a “hardcore feminist.” And that sort of thing applies even in his non-genre work, like the upcoming Much Ado About Nothing. Of Beatrice, played in his film by Amy Acker, he says:
Until I committed myself to filming it, I never focused on how ballsy and wonderful it was that Shakespeare felt the need to put this out there. I didn’t go into it thinking Beatrice is a great feminist icon, just that she’s a great character. It was only later that I realized how powerful and in my wheelhouse it was.
When he finishes with Avengers 2, there are a lot of pet projects Whedon might tackle. He is the guy who created Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, after all. But he does have a daughter at home who seems to have a thing for female superheroes.
“I miss the blank page,” he said of his potential next projects. “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.”
If anybody can get a good female superhero movie rolling at this point, it’s probably the guy who made The Avengers.
Via The Daily Beast/Photo: WENN