So, in a move stunning in its ignorance, Warner Brothers has decided not to make any more films with female leads. Specifically, apparently, superhero films with female leads.
You may have heard about this elsewhere–the article showed up on Newsarama Sunday night, and I’ve seen it mentioned in a few places since then, but I didn’t se eit until Monday night, so I’m blogging about it so there.
Now, on the one hand I see their point. WB took a nice big hit when the Catwoman movie bombed. Elektra didn’t do well either (and not without reason–the concept of the film was fairly kick-ass, but the film itself not great.)
I don’t think the decision is based on ignorance as in sexism, but ignorance as in, why don’t you assholes make some good movies with women in them, dumshits?
Take Catwoman (please). I would have been all over a good Catwoman film. I love Catwoman. When I heard they were making a Catwoman movie the hubs and I were both pretty excited. Then we heard Halle Berry had been cast. Well, that’s fine. We didn’t think she could play the sort of reckless bad-girl sexiness of Catwoman, but we’ve been wrong before.
Then we heard her name had been changed to Patience something. Um… (I should mention here that Princess’s middle name is Selina specifically because of Catwoman. So this was An Issue in our house.)
Then we saw the costume. That horrible, T&A, shredded THING. And our hopes for the film dropped into our feet and stayed there.
Now, let’s see. Did the movie bomb because it had a female lead, or did it bomb because it completely alientated fandom and pretty much women in general by turning one of our tough, kick-ass girls into shredded leather cheesecake? Because it had a stupid, pointless plot with holes the size of Hummers? Because it was badly acted? Because the dialogue was laughable?
I know what I think the answer is.
And the Elektra film was more of the same. Jennifer Garner, (who I actually really like) was not well cast as Elektra. Just not. The film was not great. It had a great concept, but somewhere between concept and execution things went badly awry.
And now, instead of saying, “Gee, we totally fucked around with the basic concepts of those characters when we changed them from books to films, maybe next time we should try sticking with it and see if that makes a difference”, they’re just giving up. Which means the Wonder Woman flm won’t be made, which I honestly don’t have as much interest in now that Joss Whedone’s not doing it but would have fricking camped out for tickets to see if Whedon was doing it.
Stuff like this really pisses me off. Why do all films with women in them have to be fatuous chick flicks? (And I do enjoy some chick flicks, but come on.) Why do they assume that’s all women will go see? Women, are we giving this impression of ourselves? Why don’t we try something else? Why don’t we give Warner’s the impression that since they don’t want to see us in front of their cameras, they won’t see us in front of their screens, either? Why don’t we raise a big stink online, and write letters?
No movies with female leads, indeed. Whatever, Warner Brothers. I hate you now.