Joss Whedon: Lack of Female Superhero Movies is ‘Frustrating’
We live in a world where we’ll see Rocket Raccoon and Groot blasting their way through Guardians of the Galaxy before Diana of Themyscira gets the chance to kick ass and take names in a big-budget Wonder Woman movie. If that’s confusing to you, you’re not alone. Joss Whedon spoke with The Daily Beast about the lack of movies starring female superheroes, making it quite clear he’s “pissed off” about where things stand.
“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,” he said. “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,” he continued. “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.'”
For his part, Whedon is increasing the field of live-action superheroines by adding Scarlet Witch to The Avengers 2. With the film’s 2015 release date nearly two years away, there’s plenty of time for Whedon to add even more of Marvel’s most recognizable women to the superhero sequel.