Saturday, September 10, 2011

Movies that hurt the superheroine reputation

I found a pretty interesting article about how movie directors have substantially belittled the superheroine roles in movies.
Comic book movies have been becoming increasingly popular over the past couple of decades such as Captain America, X-Men: First Class (which was way better than I anticipated and I would totally recommend it to anyone), Green Lantern, and Thor being the most recent. After reading this article, I am beginning to criticize directors and writers a lot more for their lack of strong female leads yet plenty of damsels in distress. I remember Batman & Robin with George Clooney and that it was comical and ridiculous to some extent. Wasn't Batman supposed to be dark and gloomy and unmerciful in his comics? Why such a drastic change between the movie and the comics? Apparently it didn't work out so well because Batman & Robin was voted one of the worst superhero movies ever created. But at least Batman & Robin had Poison Ivy and Batgirl in it whereas the Christopher Nolan movies only include Rachel Dawes. I also completely agree with the comments about Catwoman, Elektra, and Superwoman. I saw both Catwoman and Elektra and I remember the feeling that I just wanted to stop watching the movies because they were so boring compared to the Dark Knight or X-Men. So it is the director's duty to bring superheroines into movies? I think it is, but it should definitely be done better than Elektra and Catwoman's portrayal. Maybe a blockbuster movie with powerhouse superheroes that would logically be placed into the movie, nothing that is completely random that doesn't follow a plot though. I think that there is so much opportunity for movie directors to play up these superheroines in their movies. Instead, it seems like they are getting the low end of the stick and the superheroes are getting all the attention.


  1. It seems that Anne Hathaway has just been cast in the next Batman film as Catwoman, though early shots omit the classic ears. Christopher Nolan isn't necessarily known for his striking female leads, but the films themselves have been mature and successful explorations of superhero stuff. Joss Whedon (the creator of Buffy) was going to do a Wonder Woman film, but that project is bust.

  2. Unfortunately this is another one of those cases in which women need to be sexy and appealing in order for a movie to become a blockbuster. I don't think it has so much to do with the sexism of directors, but rather the producers just doing business with hollywood and consumers in order for their movie to be more successful.

    I think there is a ton of potential for movies about superheroines to be great. If a director like Christopher Nolan made a superheroine movie, I'm sure it would be fantastic. However, I'm not sure I see something like that happening soon.


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