It's a day ending in "Y," so that means its time for another notable Hollywood personality to loudly wonder why Marvel has yet to make a female-led superhero movie. This time, it's Zero Dark Thirty star Jessica Chastain, who complained to Hollywood gossip site The Wrap about the disturbing lack of a Black Widow solo movie:
Where is the Scarlett Johansson superhero movie? I don't understand it, why is it taking so long for this? This woman clearly shows that people want to go see her in the movies. ‘Lucy,’ didn't it beat ‘Hercules’ by a lot opening weekend, when it was made for a lot less? She shows that she kicks ass, she's a great actress. ‘Under the Skin’ is an incredible film, and why are we still waiting for a go-ahead on a superhero movie starring Scarlett Johansson?
To me, it's a no-brainer. You want to make money, put Scarlett Johansson in a superhero movie!
Chastain's comments echo those made recently by Kick-Ass star Chloe Moretz and Expendables 3 star and UFC Champion Ronda Rousey, as well as a large portion of comics fandom. However, despite Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall offering to make a Black Widow movie himself, Kevin Feige, the man in charge of what movies Marvel makes and when, claimed that he would love to make one but the timing isn't right in a corporate-double-speak-filled interview earlier this month.
Chastain's upcoming movie, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, is split into three separate films, titled Him, Her, and Them. Speaking about that, Chastain addressed the male perspective of the film industry in general, saying:
It's a fact, the majority of films in Hollywood are from the male perspective. And the female characters, very rarely do they get to speak to another female character in a movie, and when they do it's usually about a guy, not anything else. So they're very male-centric, Hollywood films, in general. So I think it's incredible that [Eleanor Rigby writer] Ned Benson, when I said I'd love to know where she goes, says okay I'm going to write another film from the female perspective.
Marvel's rival DC Comics has also failed to commit to a Wonder Woman film despite overwhelming demand from fans, though they are committed to making you take Aquaman seriously. Fucking Aquaman. Stay tuned to The Outhouse, as it's only Wednesday and we're sure to see at least three or four other celebrities call for a female superhero movie only to find their pleas fall on deaf ears before the end of the week. In the meantime, if you're bored, check out the comments below, where someone will claim that moviegoers don't want a female action movie, someone will imply that Marvel is being bullied by censorship-loving feminists, and someone will call me a "social justice warrior" for even bringing up the topic, though not necessarily in that order.