“Avengers: Age of Ultron”

You got to love Joss Whedon. It’s difficult to name another writer/director responsible for creating a greater collection of strong female characters. Whether writing for film, TV or comics, the woman that populate his world have depth, intelligence, empathy and yeah, some of them can kick any guys ass.

When Joss was tapped to direct the Avengers, he made no secret that he was frustrated with Marvel for them not backing a film with a female lead .

“It’s frustrating to me that I don’t see anybody developing one of these movies. It actually pisses me off. My daughter watched The Avengers and was like, ‘My favorite characters were the Black Widow and Maria Hill,’ and I thought, Yeah, of course they were.”

This week “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is set to hit theaters and might smash all box office records, and why not? The biggest grossing films are sequels, action films have a wide appeal, especially when filled with Superheroes; so it should not come as a surprise that the Avengers 2 can draw big audiences-Good for Joss and good for Marvel. I’m looking forward to seeing the film, but I have to agree, I can see no reason to suggest that the public will not flock to a action movie with a female out in front. If Hollywood is looking for successful films confirming a woman can carry an action driven story, proof can be found in Kill Bill, Alien, Tomb Raider, and The Hunger Games. Scarlett Johansson clearly has the talent to allow Black Widow to be the center attraction and sell tickets. Hopefully we will see more female lead superhero films.

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Hunger Games in search of a new director

"Hunger Games" director Gary Ross“As a Writer and director, Gary Ross said in a statement on his decision to not direct the sequel, “I simply don’t have the time I [would] need to write and prep the movie I would have wanted to make because of the fixed and tight production schedule.”Despite the extreme financial and critical success of The Hunger Games, the director, Gary Ross has bowed out of doing the two coming sequels. This surprised many because Ross and Lionsgate, had been engaged in talks over compensation needed to get him to return. Ross was paid a $3 milion advance and a percentage of the films profits which will likely bring him an additional $15 million. At appears that money was not the major stumbling block, it was a question of timing.  Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen) is returning for “Catching Fire, but she also is contractually obligated to “20th Century Fox  to reprise her role as Mystique in the sequel of “X-Men: First Class”. The timing of that film would require that “Catching Fire” would need to be shot in a window that Ross did not feel would give him the time he needed to “Prep the movie I would have wanted to make.” It must be nice to be able to walk away from a $20 milion dollar paycheck.

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