Now that my semester is over and I have a bit more time, I would like to start sharing some weekly thoughts with you guys. Think of this as stuff you didn’t hear in the podcast. Whether it is something I forgot to mention, didn’t think of until after, or simply did not have time to cover it in the episode, I want to share my full thoughts with the fans. I will try to post this Monday of every week, so feel free to use this as a forum to comment on anything I said in the podcast or anything I add here. Feedback is always appreciated, especially if you disagree with me.
Sunday was Mother’s Day, and we started out by talking on some women’s issues. Obviously, I am not a woman and will never understand what it is like to be one. But despite that, I can still call a spade a spade. Marvel CEO, Ike Perlmeutter’s comments regarding female Superhero movies were way off base, as I think we covered pretty well in the episode. One thing that I did forget to mention that I think is highly relevant is the current success of movies with a female protagonist. As mentioned, Supergirl is ancient history as far as film is concerned, but even Elektra and Catwoman are a decade old. A lot has changed in the past 10 years. Although Hunger Games and Divergent films are more in the dystopian realm than the super hero realm, they are two great examples of huge box office success that feature a female lead. Let’s not forget the recent live action version of many of our favorite fairy tale stories such as Kristen Stewart in Snow White and the Huntsman or Elle Fanning and Angelina Jolie in Maleficent. And speaking of Angelina Jolie, has anyone ever heard of this franchise called Tomb Raider? Just because there may not be a superhero specific movie to point to does not mean that movies with women as a lead cannot be successful. Maybe Marvel should start giving the care and attention to female characters on the big screen the same way it does in the comics. Given how everything is mapped out though, it’s not likely. So maybe Fox can do something good and give us a movie with a female lead. I’m going with Bri on this one and saying that I want a movie featuring Storm. #GiveUsAStormMovie
Focusing on the mothers, I wanted to add some clarification since it come off a little unclear. My official pick in the 2nd round was River Song. It is hard to include her without talking about Amy Pond though (Especially since Amy is the one that is technically the mom). But I think that dynamic is incredible and River Song is a character the definitely needs to be explored more. Which, my not be completely out of the question. I would love to see more of River’s interactions with Amy, or even here as a mother on her own. I know Torchwood was far from successful, but I think that a spinoff with River Song could be a huge hit.
As far as the contest goes, you could certainly make the argument for a better group of mother’s than the 3 that I chose. But, if it’s just a contest on them as women, or especially if we put them in the ring as Kort suggested, I’m confident that mine would come out on top. Storm, River Song, and Mystique? Good luck defeating that trio. But I would love to hear your feedback, both on my thoughts and for the contest. I am eager to hear what the fans have to say.