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Feeling the need to reblog this.
I think that, as my views become more radicalized, I also become more apathetic. I think I have to, to be able to live in the world. That obviously applies to much more than superhero movies, but I think it’s absolutely relevant to discussing them.
I would love to see a Black Widow movie, or a Captain Marvel movie. Or a great cinematic version of the Wasp. A Wonder Woman movie that’s actually good would be amazing. For that matter, I’d like to see a Young Avengers movie, a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel with lesbians, and a tv show in which John Constantine is bisexual. But what I refuse to do is endlessly beg multinational corporations to throw us (women, queers) some representational scraps, and then promise to pay money for whatever they throw.
I have never read a Painkiller Jane comic, but currently I’m more interested in a movie about a queer female super (anti?) hero being brought to the screen by the Soska sisters than I am in whatever WB and Disney decide to do with the characters that they own.
I don’t mean to disrespect anyone here on Tumblr. It’s absolutely important to call these companies out on their bullshit. But for myself, I’m just tired of saying, “When, when, when are they going to give us a female superhero movie?” (This is the big question right now, because we all know better than to even ask when a queer superhero movie might happen.) Hollywood is a corrupt and deeply misogynistic system (it could be nothing else, as a reflection of the corporate capitalism that undergirds it). It’s not going to give you what you want because you want it.
You can say, “We deserve this,” and you can say, “Look, here’s proof that this will make money,” but there is no person to look down and say, “You know what, they’re right,” because this isn’t a matter of personal choice (theirs or ours); this is a broken machine.
I’m sorry if I sound cynical. I’ve paid a lot of attention to film for a long time (I did go to film school after all), and I’ve never seen any evidence that you can “convince” Hollywood of anything. Hollywood is not a rational actor. Hollywood is a writhing Lovecraftian mass.
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