Variety’s Anne Thompson follows up on the recent report that studio head Jeff Robinov had ordered producers to not even bother turning in projects with female leads. Unsurprisingly, Warners has denied the story rather vigorously, and along the way even claims they still have a WONDER WOMAN movie in development:
Female superheroes are prominent in two upcoming Warners comicbook actioners. Wonder Woman joins the male ensemble in DC’s “The Justice League” and Silk Spectre leads Alan Moore’s “Watchmen.” Female co-stars figure in both “Speed Racer” and “Get Smart.” And Robinov is still seeking the right script and star for a “Wonder Woman” feature, which has been in development for a decade.
Poor execution and bad timing at the end of the most recent horror cycle were part of the poor reception for the horrorific “The Reaping” and “The Invasion,” which both Kidman and co-star Daniel Craig refused to promote. As for Neil Jordan’s brainy twist on the vigilante genre, “The Brave One,” Robinov said he is “proud of the movie,” which Foster continues to support around the world. “It’s tricky,” he said. “It may have been too rough for women, and we didn’t get the reviews we had expected.”
A snarkster might note that neither WATCHMEN nor JLA will feature a female lead, but seemingly sidekicks and love interests will always be allowable, or at least we hope so.