When director Zack Snyder first started showing previews of his new film Sucker Punch back in 2011, there was a certain amount of public skepticism. To be sure, a section of the internet lit up with geeky glee at the sight of Suicide Girl-esque figures dispensing robots, monsters, and giant samurai via swords and bazookas…and looking fantastic while doing it. Similarly, there was a different section of society that had already started rolling their eyes at the film, fueled no doubt in part by that first internet section’s reaction. It was one thing when Snyder had half-naked men engaging in…
To bring a new, polished version of the massively-popular series to streaming, Netflix went with Studio Khara, the splinter studio formed by Hideaki Anno, director of the original anime. This is not the first time that Khara has re-envisioned Evangelion, as they started making a 4-film retelling of the original series back in 2007. The fourth and final film of that series still has not been released, with many crediting the delay due to…you guessed it, Anno’s unhappiness with voice-over and translation issues.
As a movie buff and former comics reader, I was recently asked why Marvel doesn’t have more minority representation in their films. It’s a tough question, and I can’t answer it perfectly. I don’t know. But I can offer some thoughts on the difficulties involved from a business and social perspective.
My thoughts are that there are 2 main challenges to this:
1. Superhero films are adaptations of pre-existing properties.
2. The nature of this genre makes it difficult to use it for “Representation.”
Let me explain.
People have been pushing for more representation at all levels from MCU films…