Over the course of the interview, a variety of subjects were discussed, from Whedon’s insistence that Avengers 2 include Robert Downey Jr. and his love of heroines. When asked his thoughts on the overall lack of female super-heroes on film, Whedon had this to say:
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. 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. 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.’
The interviewer went on to discuss Whedon’s work on Much Ado About Nothing, but the director made sure to swing back around to the topic to close the piece, saying “And back to the female-hero thing, I’m not going to let nobody do it. It doesn’t have to be me, but it could be.”
This is the world’s most successful director saying that there will be a super-hero film starring a female lead. It’s a strong statement, one that is sure to lead to speculation as to which characters might attract Whedon’s eye. It is well-known that Whedon once pitched a Wonder Woman film to Warner Brothers, and ABC’s upcoming Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. show may provide him with an opportunity to bring Marvel’s leading lady Carol Danvers to the forefront before launching her into her role as Captain Marvel.
Regardless of the outcome, Whedon deserves to be commended on his persistent efforts to bring more female super-heroes to the screen.
Josh Epstein is the Publisher for the Capeless Crusader website. He also hosts the weekly Infinite Crossover podcast in cooperation with Fanboys Inc. He’s a lifelong comic nerd, and “Superman” is the first word he ever read aloud. He is also an actor, singer, and daytime supporter of all things technical. Contact: email@example.com