The success of Wonder Woman has been seen as not just as a grand reception for a great comic book movie, but a celebration of the arrival of a more diverse slate of super cinema heroes. To Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment go the credit for being the first to get a female hero onto the marquee of her own solo superhero film, a genre that to this point, with few exceptions, has seen women shoved to the side as love interests and supporting characters. But since everything in movies is a contest, the question must asked: Where does Marvel stand on creating diversity?
“We want to tell the best stories with the strongest developed characters and scripts that we can,” explained executive producer Nate Moore to Complex. “Our biggest concern is that, in trying to get more characters out there, we rush something that’s not ready and we deliver something that’s not up to our standards. So it’s less about us rushing a character that’s diverse to get it out quickly and more about figuring out how to do it right.”
But couldn’t the point be made that Warner/DC has proved that you can do diversity both good and fast, and after its white male heroes in Man of Steel and Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice failed to connect with critics and many fans? It’s also worth nothing that Wonder Woman is DC’s fourth movie in five years, while Marvel’s first headlining female hero will be the Wasp in its 20th film in 10 years, and despite that, she will be sharing the bill with Ant-Man.
Of course, this also comes after bizarre comments on Marvel’s comics side earlier this year when Marvel’s Vice President of Sales, David Gabriel blamed slumping sales on too much diversity. “What we heard was that people didn’t want any more diversity,” he said. “They didn’t want female characters out there. That’s what we heard, whether we believe that or not. I don’t know that that’s really true, but that’s what we saw in sales.”
Now that’s not to say that Marvel isn’t dedicated to expanding their base of movie superheroes in order to make them more representative, and there are certainly some big movies coming on that account, but it does seem peculiar that the studio that is the gold standard on the genre doesn’t have enough faith in itself to basically walk and chew gum at the same time? The recurrent pent up demand for a Black Widow movie is just one example of how Marvel’s audience has been ready for years for the direction DC has now taken us in.
In the meantime, Wonder Woman will next be seen in this November’s Justice League, while Marvel will aim to shore up its diversity bona fides next year with Black Panther in February, Ant-Man and the Wasp next summer, and Captain Marvel in 2019.
Source: Comic Book Movie