Joss Whedon says ‘stupid people’ are the reason why we have few female superhero movies

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It’s a given to say that the female superhero department has been lacking in film. We’ve had movies like Elektra and Catwoman, but both of those movies were critically panned. All eyes are on the upcoming Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel films, both featuring popular and strong female characters.

During the Avengers: Age of Ultron set visit last year, Digital Spy interviewed director Joss Whedon on his thoughts on the current status of female superhero movies. Let’s just say that he’s upset about it, calling some in the industry “stupid people” for being afraid to go forward with a female superhero movie.

“It’s a phenomenon in the industry that we call ‘stupid people’,” Whedon told the site. “There is genuine, recalcitrant, intractable sexism, and old-fashioned quiet misogyny that goes on. You hear ‘Oh, [female superheroes] don’t work because of these two bad ones that were made eight years ago’, there’s always an excuse.”

Whedon admits that Marvel Studios doesn’t have the rights to a lot of strong female heroes, since most of them are at Fox.

“Marvel is in a position of making a statement simply by making [a female-led] movie, which I think would be a good thing to do. But it has to be a good movie, it has to be a good character, and most of the best characters in Marvel are owned by Fox, let’s face it!”

Fox owns the rights to many of the popular female characters from Marvel including Jean Grey, Storm, Rogue, Invisible Woman and more. However, Marvel has the ability to make something obscure popular; for example, Guardians of the Galaxy. Along with Captain Marvel, Marvel is also working on a live-action series following a female superhero named Jessica Jones.

Joss, don’t discredit Marvel just yet. Do you think Marvel is lacking in good female superheroes?

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