I have a love/hate relationship with site's like The Verge. I feel like, at times, they do a great job of reviewing products, keeping the masses up-to-date on the latest/greatest tech and are otherwise insightful. Other times, they are very biased in how they review products and can have click bait worthy articles. I stumbled upon this article during my random Twitter scrolls and couldn't help myself.
It's about the upcoming Wonder Woman movie, coming out in 2017. A movie about one of, if not THE most, famous woman in comic books. A character who was, in many reviewer's opinions, the saving grace of Batman V Superman (a movie I really liked, BTW). A movie that, while starring Chris Pine as Steve Trevor (look him up), has ONLY FOCUSED ON GAL GADOT...the female lead of this very female driven movie. A movie that is directed by a woman and produced by women. And despite all of this, The Verge would have you believe that this is some male dominated, not PC-enough movie because three men wrote the film.
I don't expect non-comic book fans to know about Geoff Johns, but prior to his new cinematic role at Warner Bros./DC, he was probably the best story teller at DC Comics. Having him write a script for any DC Comics related movie starring a male or female character should be a cause for celebration. Say what you want about comics, but the guy knows how to write compelling stories about heroes in spandex and fetish costumes. And Allan Heinberg is another writer that The Verge references. I've never heard of him, but if his resume includes Sex and the City and Scandal, then we are going to be okay. Call me crazy, but those two shows are massively popular and, more importantly, extremely female driven. So yeah, these penis holders are writing a script for a strong, vagina-carrying female...the Earth will keep spinning and all will be well.
And yet, The Verge article basically says "that's not good enough!" Why? Is it literally because there are no female writers on the staff? Does the author, or The Verge as a whole, want a checkbox ticked just for the sake of it? I get it, there are issues with Hollywood in regards to sexism and race. There is always some sort of politically correct issue that Hollywood has to deal with, right or wrong. Tacking on a female writer "just because" is dumb and, IMO, just as sexist as not having a female writer. Think about it, are we that dumb of a society that we can't accept a movie about an established female lead unless it is written by a woman? Wonder Woman has been written by female writers, but a lot of her stories have been penned by men, many of which are great comic writers and seemed to capture the tone of her character well. The current run of Wonder Woman, as part of DC's Rebirth initiative, is off to a great new start and it's getting written by a dude. (By "a new start" I mean to say that DC has rebooted it's line of books again. This is a common comic book thing, sorry. Look up "DC Rebirth" in your favorite search engine.)
The other issue I have with the article is just how much of a headline grabber it's attempting to be. I'm not overly PC about things nor do I necessarily trumpet the anti-PC stuff either, but I feel like we are getting way out of hand with the things we should be offended by and what should be the norm. This article, which I hope doesn't get much run, is so NOT an issue that I can't even believe I'm writing about it. Perhaps it's my love for comics or the timeliness of it (the new, all-female Ghostbusters did just come out and that movie is FILLED with controversy/girl-power), but not all things are bad!
Having good writers on a script a movie is, surprise, a good thing! It should not matter what the gender is. Isn't that what this should be all about? We are talking about super heroes and Wonder Woman was and still is proof that a hero does not have to be a strong male! For fuck's sake, we should be happy that Wonder Woman was a great addition to Batman V Superman, not just there for looks (even though Gal Gadot is admittedly a beautiful woman) and that most people are anxiously awaiting her next on-screen appearance.
*** Before anyone wants to point it out, I realize that pushy my opinion on the matter is hypocritical and similar to what The Verge is doing. I just felt compelled to write a post about it. ***