Aside from Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, heroes of the female variety were few and far between in the big-screen superhero epic The Avengers. But director Joss Whedon thinks that could change soon. Why? According to him, that hit Hunger Games flick could have a lot to do with it.
In a recent sit-down with Entertainment Weekly, Whedon—who has always had a knack for writing strong leading ladies—said he hopes the surprising success of The Hunger Games may prove once and for all that a woman is more than capable of carrying an action flick.
"Studios will tell you: A woman cannot headline an action movie," Whedon said. "After The Hunger Games they might stop telling you that a little bit. Whatever you think of the movie, it's done a great service. And after The Avengers, I think it's changing."
The biggest problem? In the past, action films with ladies at the forefront haven't been very good. According to Johansson, that's put the cause a little behind the eight ball moving forward.
"But I do think superhero—superheroine movies are normally really corny and bad," she said in the same interview. "They're always, like, fighting in four-inch heels with their [thrusting out her chest] like a two-gun salute."
What do you think? Will the success of The Hunger Games help kick open the door for more butt-kicking ladies, a la Whedon's small screen heroine Buffy the Vampire Slayer?