Joss Whedon Wants More Female Super Heroes, I Agree!

Joss Whedon, the Buffy creator, is a little annoyed at the fact that there aren’t enough female superheroes. Especially since just about every single movie these days is superhero movie, I’d have to agree. He told The Daily Beast, “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 Avenger’s and was like, ‘My favorite characters were the Black Widow and Maria Hill,’ and I thought, ‘Yeah, of course they were.'”

So true. I remember being a kid and identifying with whatever chick was a part of the gang no matter how cool or lame she was, I was just happy that there was a girl present. I think it’s time for more female superheroes and ones that don’t just show up in skin tight clothes to make sassy comments at the dude-leader of the group. Halle Berry’s Catwoman was a bust but that’s not anyone’s fault but whoever wrote that movie. Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman was critically praised, so why can’t a modern darker Cat Woman get her own franchise?

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