Why Is Joss Whedon Bummed About the Lack of Female Superheroes?
Recently, I was watching a video about Buffy the Vampire Slayer ’s leading men. That’s how I like to spend my Saturdays, mmkay? Don’t judge me.
Anyways, the video was a funny take on the F**k, Marry, Kill (otherwise known as Wed, Bed, Dead) game. If you were Buffy, the video asked, who would you marry, kill or make sweet love to, if given the choice between Angel, Spike and Xander? Besides being a nostalgic visit to my 15-year-old self bawling over the whole Buffy-Angel dynamic, it got me thinking – and not (only) about Angel’s haunting eyes and Spike’s ridiculously chiseled cheekbones.
I wondered why there weren’t more female superheroes on the silver screen or the small screen — and it looks like I’m not the only one asking that question. Joss Whedon, director of The Avengers and creator of cult hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is super bummed there aren’t more female superheroes for little girls to look up to. Me too, Joss, me too.
“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,” says Whedon in an interview with The Daily Beast.
“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.’”
Hear, hear! It’s a real shame there aren’t more female superheroes like the ones I grew up with. Can you believe they still haven’t made a Wonder Woman movie yet (although it’s allegedly in the making), and the last Supergirl movie was almost 30 years ago? Yikes.
Instead of Photoshopping awesome female role models like Merida or creating female characters who are merely eye candy for viewers, let’s see more female badasses like Katniss Everdeen and Buffy Summers!