Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Beyonce as Wonder Woman?


She’s lobbying for the role... I think the closest she’ll get is the theme song. Fanboys still haven’t gotten over Halle Berry as “Catwoman” and this would generate an even bigger outcry. If Beyonce’s serious about playing a superhero, go with Vixen. She’s a lower tier black superhero/model with cool powers -- seems tailor made for her. Actually, Vanity’s role in the “Last Dragon” remake would be more appropriate. My fantasy pick is still Eva Mendes, but casting is irrelevant. A “Wonder Woman” movie seems destined to fail. Joss Whedon couldn’t pull it off. The WW spec set in “World War II” was good enough to buy, but not good enough to make. Now there are rumblings about McG at the helm. No one has figured out the big screen formula for comic book heroines.

It is curious how the Sci-Fi and Horror genres have succeeded where others have failed. One of the arguments I hear is that strong women are a turn-off, but horror flicks have tons of strong female protags. Of course, you could make the argument that many female protagonists start off as victims and really don’t become empowered until the third act. In superhero flicks, the protagonist is kicking butt after the first fifteen minutes...

4 comments:

Rashad Ferguson said...

Fanboys need to get over themselves... Eartha Kitt anyone? Moving on Beyonce as Wonder Woman is no more a gamble than some of the other names that have been tossed around for the role...


I have another viewpoint with the lack of comic book female heroines on screen than most.... Most women are not really into super hero movies especially if they are single... since there is no overzealous boyfriend, husband etc etc to drag them to the release of a Spiderman XXI, or Batman Ends, and Fantastic Four Fall of Glaxius.

Some of these so-called marketing geniuses need to develop ways to attract more women to these types of movies especially if the lead is going to be a woman.

I mean it is not like female comic book heroines do not have a following... the geeks will show, the nerds and the rest... but Women we need you to...

You see this same dynamic in women's sports. One of the main reasons the WNBA struggles so much is not from a lack of support from the men but from a general lack of interest from most women.

Take the NFL for example women comprise nearly 47% of the fan base large in part to a campaign launch by the NFL in the 90's to explain the rules of the game to housewives etc etc...

The WNBA, LPGA or WTA does not go out of its way to attract more women to their events... I guess they figure hey its women playing sports women are going to show up....

and it is the same with comic book heroines movies... in no way do the studios go out their way to attract women to these types of movies.. therefore stunting a large of chunk of the movie going public...


P.S. someone was watching Xena, Relic Hunter, Queen of Swords and lets not forget Alias...

screamwriter said...

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Fanboys need to get over themselves... Eartha Kitt anyone? Moving on Beyonce as Wonder Woman is no more a gamble than some of the other names that have been tossed around for the role...
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True. And in terms of acting ability, Megan Fox and Beyonce aren’t that far apart.

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I have another viewpoint with the lack of comic book female heroines on screen than most.... Most women are not really into super hero movies especially if they are single... since there is no overzealous boyfriend, husband etc etc to drag them to the release of a Spiderman XXI, or Batman Ends, and Fantastic Four Fall of Glaxius.
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There is that perception, but the gender gap isn’t as big as you’d think. 48 percent of the opening weekend audiences for “Dark Knight” and “Wanted” were female. The “Spider-Man” franchise has played well with both sexes. Sometimes the marketing folks drop the ball, like Hellboy II’s opening weekend: 69 percent male, but women seem open to the genre. Even the much maligned Catwoman had a 59 percent female opening audience.

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and it is the same with comic book heroines movies... in no way do the studios go out their way to attract women to these types of movies.. therefore stunting a large of chunk of the movie going public...
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Marketing deserves some of the blame, but it’s not as if great superheroine films are being overlooked by the moviegoing public. “Catwoman” and “Elektra” just weren’t very good. Batman uses cool gadgets to fight the mob, while Catwoman goes into battle with open-toe heels and a skimpy costume against an evil Cosmetic’s Queen?

Rashad Ferguson said...

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There is that perception, but the gender gap isn’t as big as you’d think. 48 percent of the opening weekend audiences for “Dark Knight” and “Wanted” were female. The “Spider-Man” franchise has played well with both sexes. Sometimes the marketing folks drop the ball, like Hellboy II’s opening weekend: 69 percent male, but women seem open to the genre. Even the much maligned Catwoman had a 59 percent female opening audience.
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of that 48% how many were there with their husbands, boyfriends or even children in the case of the Dark Knight?

Wanted has Jolie who appeals to everyone yet with both movies they were heavily marketed to their core base.
Our Spidey is almost a family movie...

And Catwoman did have Halle Berry who was the IT person of the moment fresh off the hills of an Oscar, a Bond movie and X2....

I agree Catwoman and Elektra both suck big and real bad... but we are talking about Hollywood most movies suck big and real bad.... if marketed right... people will buy just about everything... pet rocks come to mind, most reality shows, Titanic, Mircosoft Vista... sad but true...

Catwoman was marketed as a film starring Halle Berry... and not a movie about Catwoman which is probably what irked Fanboys to start with... Elektra who knows... but neither was marketed in a way of let's say a Legally Blonde was different genres I know but they knew who there audience was and went after them...

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Batman uses cool gadgets to fight the mob, while Catwoman goes into battle with open-toe heels and a skimpy costume against an evil Cosmetic’s Queen?
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Priceless... OMG

screamwriter said...

Hollywood is trying, but it's very difficult to market films these days when consumers have so many alternatives: video games, the net, cable, dvds, etc. I as far as I know, no one has met Mark Cuban's movie marketing challenge.

The primary audience for superhero flicks will probably always skew male, but there is a decent (and growing) number of who women enjoy them as well. Marketing can only take you so far before reality sets in.

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