This past weekend, Charlie’s Angels flopped onto the big screen with a disappointing $9 million, pretty much cementing it as a financial failure. Though it featured a solid cast that included Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Elizabeth Banks — who doubled as director — and Patrick Stewart, it still wasn’t able to capture the audiences’ attention. Critics weren’t too thrilled with it either, giving it a 58% on Rotten tomatoes — not a bad score, but not amazing either, as it’s just shy of fresh.
On the heels of this flop, plenty of headlines are running that “Elizabeth Banks blames the box office failure on comic book movies,” but is that actually the case? Well, no, not really.
The quote in question came from an interview from The Herald Sun, and it took place a week before the movie actually hit theaters. Here’s what Banks had to say.
“If this movie doesn’t make money it reinforces a stereotype in Hollywood that men don’t go see women do action movies. [Audience members will] go and see a comic book movie with Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel because that’s a male genre. So even though those are movies about women, they put them in the context of feeding the larger comic book world, so it’s all about, yes, you’re watching a Wonder Woman movie but we’re setting up three other characters or we’re setting up Justice League.”
“By the way, I’m happy for those characters to have box office success. But we need more women’s voices supported with money because that’s the power. The power is in the money.”
So, what is she actually saying? She’s saying that if the movie fails, it just reinforces the idea that unless these female properties are attached to male ones, they can’t be successful. While I’m not sure I agree with that particular analysis, I can see where she’s coming from with that. At the end of the day, though, I wanted to see the movie succeed, but the ads for it simply didn’t interest me.
So no, before you get angry, she’s not blaming comic book movies, but saying studios should know that audiences will go to see female-driven movies that aren’t attached to male-dominated properties. I agree with that, but I don’t necessarily think this movie was necessarily enticing enough to help prove that point.
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SOURCE: The Herald Sun