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Attention: Women Like Sci-Fi And Fantasy Films

posted May 8, 2014, 6:59 AM by samantha@filmmusicmedia.com
The airing of grievances. I've got a lot of problems with you people and now you're gonna hear about it.



I can't believe I have to even write that title. But it feels like nobody in Hollywood realizes that--gasp--girls, women, females, whatever enjoy the genres, because lately all I've seen is the industry flopping all over the place when it comes to female representation in sci-fi, fantasy and comic book movies.

DC is "warming up" to the idea of a Wonder Woman movie but I'm sure when Batman vs Superman turns out to be a hot mess that idea will be scrapped, and they'll give Batman and Superman reboots for the 100th time instead. Marvel has yet to announce a movie centered around one of their female heroes and yet Ant-Man is a thing no one asked for and yet is happening anyway (though I love you, Edgar Wright). Now Star Wars announced one lone female when they released the list of new cast members for Episode VII. It's just too much b.s. hitting me at once.

Women buy half of all movie tickets. If we were all seeing whatever romantic comedy is currently playing then the top ten highest grossing films would be filled with movies starring Reese Witherspoon. Have you been on the Tumblr portion of the internet? It is nothing but women and teenage girls who obsess over Star Wars and Marvel and write fanfic and buy merchandise and tickets to cons. I know girls on the internet who have seen Captain America 2 four of five times already. Hell, I saw Attack of the Clones four times in the theater and I didn't even like the movie all that much! Actually I watched it again recently and I wish I could go back in time and take my money back because the dialogue in that movie is terrible. I hate sand too but you don't see me throwing a hissy over it.


Yes, I've heard that J.J. Abrams might have another part for a woman in Episode VII. So two new female characters and, what, eight or nine male ones? Plus this is Star Wars and J.J. Abrams we are are talking about. Padme was reduced to a crying, poorly acted mess in Revenge of the Sith and J.J. managed to get most, if not all, of his named female characters in the Star Trek films to be filmed in their underwear at some point in the movies. So, yeah, don't have hopes for a well rounded character who doesn't strip down at some point.

It's just frustrating. Yes, I have the ability to relate to male characters as well as I do female characters. I wouldn't be able to enjoy most media if I didn't. But why do most people think that men can't do the same thing? Lady-led movies are making money (Frozen and the Hunger Games series are making boatloads) so some dudes must be seeing and enjoying them. And the excuse always seems to be along the lines of the industry thinking the world isn't "ready" for a female-led sci-fi film. The Alien franchise respectfully disagrees with you. Or they'll point out Catwoman and Elektra as failures and excuses why there hasn't been a female-led superhero film lately. And yet we can give the Hulk chance after chance and allow Daredevil a shot at a TV show after his crappy movie. Okay. I mean, we allowed Hayden Christensen to be the face of the Star Wars prequels and somehow adding a couple more ladies to the films would destroy everything? 


You know what, I'm just going to sit over here with my arms crossed until somebody comes up with an excuse for the lack of female characters that isn't complete and utter b.s. Take your time.