I know right? This sort of headline is becoming more and more commonplace these days, The big difference this time comes from the fact that I am the only one to my knowledge pointing this one out and the reason…..Well the reason will become clear here in the course of the article.
It’s no secret that we live in a world where buzz words designed to evoke instant and pure emotional response from the reader are rampant in media of all forms. In the entertainment industry, the ones we are seeing more of like sexism, racism and troll are designed to impose a negative image based on the emotions and personal prejudices they reinforce in the minds of the reader. What this article will be covering are the questions: To what end? and DO the media sites that use these terms so commonly, actually have any belief or moral stake themselves in the ideals that they use to generate these negative emotions?
Please allow me to begin by showing you a tweet by the director of Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins. What you may notice right off is the supportive nature that embodies many of the popular memes and quotes that you see floating around the internet about women standing in support of one another.
I’m not even aiming to get into the controversy surrounding Captain Marvel. If you look at YouTube and Twitter that ground and it’s counter arguments have enough voices on it and The Unspoken Ethic is about taking on the angle that isn’t commonplace or driven in the ground. No this isn’t about Brie Larson or her personal stances. This is about how so many of these types of matters are being presented in the media itself. So let me challenge you by showcasing a little piece by Variety titled:
I am at a loss as to what myths this film was supposed to end. Wonder Woman landed was extremely well received and fairly balanced in it’s gender audience, with 55% being female. Captain Marvel’s audience surprisingly enough, for a film that was outright directed at drawing a female audience had 61% of it’s opening weekend audience being male. Both did good numbers. Both showed that even the male demographic would turn out for them….. What “myth” did it dispel exactly? What “myth” unless that myth is the narrative being pushed by the media that there is an issue with Female led superhero movies at all? Is this an issue with the studios, or the fans, because I see more coverage directed at fans being the problem than I am seeing evidence that the idea merits such coverage, so then……. To What End is this being played out to suggest otherwise?
Here is another piece written just yesterday put out by Gizmodo titled:
Pay attention now, especially my Twitter followers, because I’m about to pull a rope-a-dope and the end I’ll make my point clear. The above article is what the title of this post is inspired from. In this article you will find another buzz phrase lets see if you can spot it in this quote.
“That’s no reason to create some bizarre “False Narrative” around your film.” This statement is in regards to Patty Jenkins not considering WW84 a sequel. Now there are a couple reasons why this may not be “false narrative” One is that it was rumored that the film’s release date was pushed back in order for a “Flashpoint” movie to come before it. We now know that isn’t likely as that project won’t even start filming until late this year. The “Flashpoint” first news sprung up in the wake of a change in people in charge of the DCEU movies and the belief that an overhaul was needed while still securing the more successful elements of it like Wonder Woman. This isn’t to say that just because the “Flashpoint movie comes after that it’s story won’t play a huge factor in this Wonder Woman movie. that would be risky, but allow me to suggest another reason.
There IS a narrative among fans and general movie goers that superhero movies in general really have nothing to offer but origin stories. What if WW84 is (gasp) Actually just meant to be a stand alone film that loosely draws from the origin told and is just meant to be a cool Wonder Woman movie that does not even need to fit into the DCEU continuity? I can imagine at the time of preproduction they might not have even been sure there would be a continued DCEU storyline after Justice League took a hit. Given the 2 reasons I just mentioned, it seems rather unsightly to write an article that essentially openly calls Patty Jenkins a LIAR, with no more details than we have. That hardly seems in the wake of Captain Marvel’s seeming success to be very supportive of the next female led superhero movie to grace the big screen. How about that? The MEDIA just TROLLED the Wonder Woman sequel, maybe Rotten Tomatoes can censor their critics reviews next.
Are we getting it now? If anything is TROLLING these films in a manner that may limit their success it lies in how the media is at best making a mountain out of a mole hill and scaring even more general movie goers away, or at worst by laser focusing on social issues and making the arguments around a mere film that is just supposed to be a fun escape something far more personal than it has a right to be is further damaging the structure of communication in our society and generating chaos….. But then to What End?……… Does it REALLY seem like they care at all about these ideals, or are they JUST using them to their OWN ENDS?