With the release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Force: Origins, it seems like the studio is slowly moving away from a single-female-led superhero franchise.
But is that really a bad thing?
In this exclusive video, we’re talking to director James Mangold about the possibilities and the pitfalls of creating female-led adventures.
“For a long time, there’s been this notion that it’s not necessarily good for women to play women,” Mangold tells IGN.
“The assumption is that if a female character can be the star of her own film, then she can’t be a good hero or villain.
It’s like a parent saying, ‘She doesn’t do well in math classes, but she’s always good at math.’
That’s not true.
It really depends on how you define ‘good’ and ‘bad.’
You can do this. “
You have a woman who is the star.
You can do this.
And I would say the question is whether it’s good or bad for women.
We’re still going to be fighting for that.”
When asked about the potential for a female-driven sequel, Mangold agrees, saying that he hopes to see more female-centric superhero films.
“I would love to see a female Spider-Man or a female Daredevil,” he says.
“But right now, I think that’s probably not the best way to do it.
I’m not saying that women are not capable of great things.
I think they can be, and I think there’s always room for more women to be heroes.
But at this point, I don’t think it’s going to happen in the near future.”
Check out the full interview below, and see the latest trailers for X-men: Days Of Future Past and XF, which hits theaters May 23.