Marvel CEO Less Than Enthused About Female Superheroes, Leaked Emails Reveal

by
Maryam Tajalli
So this is why Marvel doesn’t share our passion for female superheroes.

Wonder Woman

The leaked emails from Sony are back to making headlines with an email from Marvel Entertainment CEO, Michael Lynton, justifying why he thinks super heroine movies are a bad idea.

The director quotes examples of super heroine movies which were “very, very bad” from Marvel as well as its rival DC comics. The examples given include Catwoman, which the CEO deemed a disaster, along with Supergirl (1984) and Elektra (2005).

Kevin Feige, president of Marvel studios, who was flooded with the spotlight after the release of Guardians of the Galaxy, said “I think you're right about that, and I think it comes down to timing, which is what I've sort of always said, and it comes down to us being able to tell the right story.”  

He believes that heroine-centered movies have done poor business because of the movie quality, rather than the lead’s gender. However, he gave the fans a ray of hope by adding, “It can certainly be done. I hope we do it sooner rather than later.”

The Entertainment chief at DC, Diana Nelson, gave similar reasons for the difficulties faced in bringing Wonder Woman back to Hollywood. She explained Wonder Woman “doesn't have the single, clear, compelling story that everyone knows and recognizes” and although they’re trying to get her movie out, “it’s tricky.”

Lucy

On the flipside on the coin is Lucy. Released in 2014 with Black Widow from the Avengers and Scarlett Johnson as the lead, Lucy did $459 million worth of business on the box office and received rave reviews from audience and critics alike. Marvel fans are now demanding a Black Widow movie starring the talented redhead.

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Avengers

Despite the email and the recent lack of female leads, two super heroine movies, Captain Marvel (Marvel) and Wonder Woman (DC) are coming up in 2017 and 2018, respectively. We hope directors churn out masterpieces that redeem the presence of super heroines in Hollywood.

 

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