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Leaked Sony Emails on Marvel Show Female Lead Hesitance

Today, in “Further Proof that Hollywood Big Wigs learn FUCKING nothing about why films fail,” we have yet another embarrassing, face-palm worthy email from the big Sony hack.

The exchange is between Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter and SONY CEO Michael Lynton, apparently discussing Female led superhero films.


From: “IP”

To: “Lynton, Michael”

Subject: Female Movies

Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 05:32:50 -0400


As we discussed on the phone, below are just a few examples. There are more.



1. Electra (Marvel) – Very bad idea and the end result was very, very bad. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=elektra.htm

2. Catwoman (WB/DC) – Catwoman was one of the most important female character within the Batmanfranchise. This film was a disaster. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=catwoman.htm

3. Supergirl – (DC) Supergirl was one of the most important female super hero in Superman franchise. This Movie came out in 1984 and did $14 million total domestic with opening weekend of $5.5 million. Again, another disaster.





As the Internet has been quick to point out, the sex of the lead in a superhero movie is a terrible correlator to the movie’s success. Green Lantern, Batman and Robin, Steele, Fantastic Four, Superman Returns, Daredevil. Nuff Said.

Somebody is going to make the first out-of-this-world successful female lead superhero film one of these days. If DC and Warner Brothers get to do that with Wonder Woman, with a completely new actress and role first, while Marvel has had Natasha Romanoff in their cards since Iron Man 2, Perlmutter is going to be eating his words.

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Source: Huffington Post