Joss Whedon - who is a self proclaimed feminist - is not too happy about the bias shown against female superheroes in the comic book movie industry. He has been a vocal critic in the past of superheroine treatment within the industry.
Once upon a time he tried to get the Wonder Woman film escape the abyss of won't-be-made-ville...but he failed to do so as the powers-to-fear at WB thought it would not be too appealing.
This is what Whedon had to say recently.
“There is genuine, recalcitrant, intractable sexism, and old-fashioned misogyny that goes on,” he says. “You hear, ‘Oh, [female superheroes] don’t work because of these two bad ones that didn’t work eight years ago.’ There’s always an excuse.”
But he is also hopeful that Marvel can change things starting with Jessica Jones on Netflix and Captain Marvel feature film in 2018. “Marvel is in a position to make a statement,” said he.
The upcoming Supergirl television show starring Melissa Benoist is a breath of fresh air as well.
There has been a prevalent distrust amongst studio executives concerning the handling of female Superhero films. Any attempt to bring a superheroine on the celluloid is thwarted by citing box office duds like Catwoman and Elektra. The problem in both films wasn't the protagonist's gender, rather the direction of the films. When a male Superhero's film fails it is the film's direction that is criticized. Nobody will say Punisher is a bad character for his films failing to see the light of the green sun. Then why - DC in particular - has always felt nerves with its most famous female superhero of all time? Wonder Woman was, is and always will be a feminist icon and a character who is much more than just a feisty one to lust at. Likewise there are several other superheroines who are strong in character.
Even the proposed 2017 Wonder Woman film isn't officially greenlit and isn't building the same hype its male counterparts have. It is unfair. When DC cancelled the Wonder Woman show starring Adrianne Palicki right after shooting the pilot, it was the limit of outrageous lack of confidence in this iconic hero.
It remains to be seen how far the scene will change in the coming years. I for one would love to see films led by female Superheroes as Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) stands as my second favourite superhero of all time.