This week, Bryan Singer was interviewed as saying that he feels the reason no one saw his “Superman” was because it was during the summer and, oh yeah— women were off seeing movies like “The Devil Wears Prada.”
From one comic book geek to another, you can go screw yourself Mr. Singer.
You know, summer’s a tricky time – I know it’s hard to blame the time, but there’s a bit of an expectation for a summer movie. I think that Superman Returns was a bit nostalgic and romantic, and I don’t think that was what people were expecting, especially in the summer. What I had noticed is that there weren’t a lot of women lining up to see a comic book movie, but they were going to line up to see The Devil Wears Prada, which may have been something I wanted to address. But when you’re making a movie, you’re not thinking about that stuff, you’re thinking, “Wow, I want to make a romantic movie that harkens back to the Richard Donner movie that I loved so much.” And that’s what I did… [And later on he continues to say that] Again, I really do think I was making the film for that Devil Wears Prada audience of women who wouldn’t normally come to a superhero film.
Bolded emphasis added by moi.
Where do I begin?
As a woman who also reads comic books, I pay close attention to how comics are marketed to women. I understand that, as a medium that is largely controlled by a male creative group, sometimes that involves them making conscious decisions to produce something differently.
Sometimes they fail more than they succeed, but often I am encouraged by the fact that they made an attempt. Sometimes they involve actual women in their creative process and that is awesome.
However, blaming failure on the lack of a female fanbase is frankly a load of BS. By saying the above, Singer is basically implying “I tried to make a movie for an audience that wasn’t interested and that’s the reason I failed.”
While women might still make up the minority of the comic book fanbase, a number that I’m not sure I agree is the same in the comic book movie audience but I genuinely don’t know, I find it hard to believe that the majority of comic book fans, male or female, wouldn’t enjoy a really good comic book movie; action-packed or romantically themed.
Now, I have to admit. I didn’t see the movie. Or rather, I didn’t see the whole movie. I sat down to watch it a few times, despite hearing from several people whose opinion I respected that the movie wasn’t worth it, and just didn’t really find myself engaged. The bits of it I saw felt slow-moving, a bit off-the-mark, but never did I think, “I’d really rather watch ‘The Devil Wears Prada,'” a movie that I have seen and found pretty okay.
To speak more directly to him as a filmmaker, from what I can tell “Superman” made a decent amount of money but it wasn’t a hit with fans or critics. Usually, that means they actually saw the film to be able to criticize it. And, to be fair, my boyfriend was a big fan and for all the reasons that he talks about in the interview. I get that.
What I don’t get, is where this comment is coming from and how it is necessary… except to maybe make himself feel better by making women look bad.
That’s just unacceptable.