Remember back in 2007, when that executive jerk at Warner Bros. said that the studio would no longer be making movies with women in the leads?
That jerk was Jeff Robinov, and he has just left Warner Bros., according to Variety. If you thought that a major industry publication might mention the fact that Robinov had eliminated half the human race as appropriate protagonists for films, think again. Though this other Variety article makes it clear that Robinov
would want the same greenlight authority he [had] at Warner Bros.
though that no such opening exists in L.A. at the moment.
So there’s one good thing, at least.
How this man has still been gainfully employed in Hollywood since declaring that the flopping of The Brave One, The Reaping, and The Invasion were the fault of, respectively, Jodie Foster, Hilary Swank, and Nicole Kidman is a mystery. I mean, forget about the sexism — it’s clear this guy has no idea how Hollywood works. He should have been blaming shitty scripts, shitty directing, and shitty execs* who greenlight shit.
Robinov quickly denied saying anything about how unsuitable women are as the central characters in movies, but the list of Warner Bros. movies since 2007 exhibits a noticable lack of movies in which women are the leads.
On the other hand, much the same can be said for all the other studios, too, and Linda Holmes at NPR pointed out recently:
In many, many parts of the country right now, if you want to go to see a movie in the theater and see a current movie about a woman — any story about any woman that isn’t a documentary or a cartoon — you can’t. You cannot. There are not any. You cannot take yourself to one, take your friend to one, take your daughter to one.
There are not any.
By far your best shot, numbers-wise, at finding one that’s at least even-handedly featuring a man and a woman is Before Midnight (at 891 theaters) so I hope you like it. Because it’s pretty much that or a solid, impenetrable wall of movies about dudes.
Dudes in capes, dudes in cars, dudes in space, dudes drinking, dudes smoking, dudes doing magic tricks, dudes being funny, dudes being dramatic, dudes flying through the air, dudes blowing up, dudes getting killed, dudes saving and kissing women and children, and dudes glowering at each other.
So Robinov’s penchant for ignoring stories about the three and half billion of us who aren’t dudes likely assures him a cushy new job perpetuating this bullshit as soon as one opens up.
*ie, Jeff Robinov