The beginning of female representation in the comic book genre has begun since the release of Wonder Woman on the big screen. In the years to come, Marvel and Warner Bros. have a few female led comic book movies slated for release: Batgirl which will be directed by the Genius of Joss Whedon and Captain Marvel which has Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck attached to the project. I recently watched Wonder Woman and I must say it was a fantastic piece of work. I definitely recommend anyone to watch this film. However, rather than talking about how great the film is, I would rather talk about the importance of female-hero led films in Hollywood.
Wonder Woman has set the record straight that a female movie can be successful in Hollywood. For the record, Wonder Woman has been the number one movie for two weeks since its release date. Wonder Woman challenges other movie studios, such as Marvel and 20th century Fox, to center a movie on a female hero. Representation in the comic book genre today is in dire need of more female’s on the front lines.
Wonder Woman: a Force for Good in Hollywood
Compared to other female comic book movies of the last decade, such as Catwoman (Halle Berry) and Elektra (Jennifer Garner), Wonder Woman has smashed previous box office numbers. Today, Wonder Woman has made history in Hollywood. This further proves that, in this decade, the movie market has a demand for heroines in the movie industry and a need of more female directors.
Breaking down the numbers, Wonder Woman had an opening weekend of about $103 million. This is a triumph for all females working in the movie industry. However, this number only proves that female directors still have a long way to go before they can reach the top grossing films of all time. At this moment, Hollywood is still a sea of conventionally white, male directors. We can only hope the success of Patty Jenkins, the director of Wonder Woman, may open doors for more female directors in the years to come.
The Importance of Female Representation
The greatest problem for females in comic book movies is the lack of them. Fans, who have followed the Marvel cinematic universe, have clamored for a Black Widow movie. However, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, has time and again shut down any hopes for a Black Widow film despite many aficionados’ hues and cries. What’s more, in the upcoming years, Marvel has only one female hero movie on their roster: Captain Marvel. Furthermore, another problem with the comic book genre today is that comic book studios would rather glorify the white, male, heterosexual image rather than take more chances on portraying the strong female figure. In this case, it is a great folly for all studios. While having a male superhero is not a bad thing, the problem lies when studios cannot find an equilibrium between men and women in the movie industry.
Lastly, the depiction of female heroes is a much needed one. Just like boys who watch strong male heroes and become inspired by them, girl’s alike need a proper female hero to look up to. The damsel and distress image is no longer needed in this day and age. There is no need to demonstrate to female audiences that a day can only be saved by the likes of Captain America, Superman, or Batman, but rather they should feel empowered and become inspired by heroines such as Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, Storm or Jean Grey.
We can only hope that after the success of Wonder Woman more studios will support female leads in films. What Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot, the actress in the Wonder Woman film, have achieved is phenomenal. But unless it opens the door to many more like her, it will stand as a Hollywood inconsistency rather a sea of change.
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