A couple of days ago something occurred to me. There has no good female super hero film. Elektra was average,CatWoman was terrible, and Joss Whedons script for a Wonder-Woman movie was rejected. The only exception i can think of is the animated wonder woman movie dc did. But besides that, there hasn’t been a movie focused on a female superhero with the same caliber as say Nolans Batman films or even the first 2 spiderman films.
I wonder if this is just a coincidence, or if as my dad theorized hollywood is just scared of a strong female protagonist(Who happens to tie up men and force them to tell the truth in the case of WOnder WOman). While i would like to believe that the reason does not come down to sexism, i feel there must be some reason beyond coincidence for the dearth of female focused superhero films.
ANother reason that i think could be factor it is that hollywood doesn’t think there’s a large enough base of female comic book fans. And most movies that hollywood markets towards females don’t have strong complex female characters(AKA most hollywood rom-coms). But then again, those seem to sell enough that Hollywood keeps on making more, so maybe the market for complex strong female character focused movies isn’t as large as it should be.
Whedon, who created the feminist minded Buffy the Vampire Slayer(which i am a big fan of) has said that the Avengers movie will have multiple female characters, but only 1 female avenger. It seems right now the only we can get strong complex female superheros is as team members(like X-men and the Fantastic Four) but hopefully that will change in the future.
If you have any thoughts regarding this topic please share