Little-known indie filmmaker Joss Whedon — the guy who wrote Alien: Resurrection, created a show called Buffy the Vampire Slayer that hardly anyone has heard of ever, and scored a writing credit on the first Toy Story — has written and directed a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. It comes out today and most likely will not feature an Avengers post-credit sequence (although watching a wasted Tony Stark recite Shakespeare might be pretty awesome). Maybe you’re excited about Much Ado About Nothing, but, even if you’re not one of the Whedon faithful, you’ll probably love how, during a Daily Beast interview, he expressed his personal frustration with the lack of female superheroes on film.
On the eve of his Shakespeare pet project (which Whedon filmed at his home in Santa Monica using many of his friends from his past ventures), Whedon offered his take on the relative lack of female superheroes currently not crowding our multiplexes: it’s bullshit. There are plenty of great stories to be told (like maybe Whedon’s star-crossed Wonder Woman project that notably stalled), but nobody seems to have the will to put a compelling female superhero onscreen.