Things We Saw Today: Jason Momoa Claims Henry Cavill Isn’t Going Anywhere as the Man of Steel

At the Aquaman blue carpet, actor Jason Momoa was asked about the fate of his fellow Justice Leaguer Henry Cavill, who has been portraying Superman in the DCEU since Man of Steel. In the video Momoa, when asked if Cavill is leaving says, “Absolutely not. He loves the character, and he’s not. 100%.”

The will he stay or will he go rumors have been huge the last few months, especially since Cavill will be the lead in the upcoming The Witcher series on Netflix and therefore might be less available to take up the cape as before.

I am game to see Cavill in the role under a better script and director, so if this is true, then it’s great news. If it’s just a misdirection or Momoa acting on the information that he knows, it really doesn’t change much. We are used to different actors taking up the role of Superman and Batman, so I just hope whoever plays Clark Kent next loves the character.

  • GameSpot’s Ryan Peterson synced up the post-snap scenes from Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and The Wasp, so now you can watch characters you (kinda) like die in sync with the main storyline. Yay? (via Comicbook)
  • Speaking of Ant-Man, Screenrant is serving up some theories about how our hero escapes the Quantum Realm. (via Screenrant)
  • The Godzilla posters of all the Titans looks like the best new set of starter Pokémon ever. (via Coming Soon)
  • In a deleted scene, Venom has some more advice for his boyfriend/roommate Eddie, which we think should be given to more dudes. (via
  • Variety critics Peter Debruge and Owen Gleiberman share their picks for the five worst movies of 2018. (via Variety)

It is finally Friday! What did you see?

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Things We Saw Today: Oh Great, the Avengers: Endgame Logo Is Thanos-Themed

Josh Brolin as Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War

Marvel updated their official movie page with a brand new logo for Avengers: Endgame and you’ll never guess who it’s patterned after. No, wait, you’ll totally guess.

As points out, the logo, which arrived Wednesday as a cover photo on Marvel’s Avengers Facebook page, is decked out in Thanos’ primary colors.

Purple and gold take precedence here, because, you know, blah blah blah Thanos is so smart and complicated and “a holy warrior” (says Anthony Russo, who should meet me after school behind the dumpsters for a fight).

“Look, if you look at Thanos throughout the movie, what’s noble about the character is it’s not about ego for him,” Anthony said about Thanos’ goals in a separate interview. “He believes that creatures and beings are suffering because of this. So he believes the road for the right way to peace and balance is through eradicating half of all life.”

In the directors’ view, Thanos is somehow not a ruthless genocidal maniac spewing pseudo-environmentalist theories that sound like they were hashed out in a freshman year weed session between wannabe ecology and philosophy majors. Sometimes I feel like we were watching totally different movies.

The Russo brothers were hell-bent on making Thanos the center of the piece in Infinity War, declaring it time and again to be “his movie” despite the presence of roughly 1,742 superheroes, and if this logo tells us anything, it’s that Thanos is positioned to be just as big in Endgame. Yay.

New Avengers: Endgame logo

What’s especially annoying about this beyond the bare fact of Thanos’ suckage is that previous close artistic analysis of a leaked logo had suggested the potentially key role of Hawkeye in Endgame. That logo was done up in Hawkeye colors of purple and black; while I speculated at the time that this probably also indicated Thanos, I hoped otherwise. But now, add in the gold of Thanos’ armor, gauntlets, Gauntlet, double-bladed sword-thing etc. and this color palette is telling a decidedly villainous story about a terrible villain.

But Kaila, you say, this is just an early logo with some shades of lilac, can you maybe slow your roll? Listen, I know, I know, but let’s be real: if this was done up in vibrant greens, would we not be discussing that those colors hinted at the Hulk or Loki’s prominence? If it were red, would we not suspect it was highlighting Iron Man, or blue for Captain America, or silver and red for Thor, or if red and blue and gold the rise of Captain Marvel? Are we going to play like the choice of color schemes doesn’t matter in designing a multi-billion-dollar franchise’s marketing campaign?

Avengers: Infinity War logo is the same color as the Soul Stone

I mean, I just made the ground-breaking discovery that Infinity War‘s logo is the exact same hue as the Soul Stone, arguably the most important Infinity Stone plot-wise. This is crucial stuff here, people. Crucial stuff which unfortunately points to Thanos as still hanging around a lot in Endgame, probably passing the time between scenes posting to Malthusian message boards.

(via, images: Marvel Studios)

  • The final trailer for Voltron: Legendary Defender is here, and Nerdist declares that it is “quintessentially epic.” (via Nerdist)
  • J.J. Abrams will reunite with his Alias star Jennifer Garner to executive produce a limited series at Apple based on Amy Silverstein’s memoir “My Glory Was I Had Such Friends.” (via Variety)
  • What a time to be alive!

  • Netflix will release See You Yesterday, a Spike Lee-produced film about “using time travel against police brutality.” (via io9)
  • Ali Wong has been cast in Birds of Prey!!! No word on who she’s playing yet beyond an associate of Renee Montoya’s, but we hope that they’re in love. (via Pajiba)
  • Reports say Disturbia‘s D.J. Caruso has landed the job of directing the Are You Afraid of the Dark movie and playing with our nostalgic childhood terrors. (via CBR)

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

What scary things did you see today beyond indigo CGI overlays of Josh Brolin’s face?

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Hey, Maybe Be Cautious When Making a Movie About Harvey Weinstein

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It was only a matter of time until someone made a Harvey Weinstein movie. Sure, we’re still dealing with the fallout of his alleged actions and Hollywood still is full of men behaving badly, but we caught the Big Bad, so naturally all is now changed for the best and therefore we can make a movie about it and show the world how much the system has changed!

Several projects are being shopped around, including two documentaries as well as a project centered around a young woman who becomes Weinstein’s assistant.

The assistant film, which will be directed by Kitty Green and star Julie Garner should the talks work out, has been described as being similar to The Devil Wears Prada, which is a big swing and a miss on understanding that film. Miranda Priestly was evil, but not as evil as Weinstein. So already we’re off to more than a bit of a bad start. The film is supposedly about an assistant who’s an amalgamation of several Weinstein employees, rather than just telling one specific story.

Overall, we had to know this was coming as a collective culture, because Hollywood loves to tell a story about terrible men to get Oscar attention. Still, there’s a decent argument to be made that we’re making this too soon after the allegations came out and Weinstein was arrested. This feels more like someone trying to tap into the cultural moment and maybe, just maybe, not actually considering what happened to his alleged victims and those affected by him.

There’s also a need to handle this story with sensitivity. The abuse of women in Hollywood is both one of the worst kept secrets of the industry and a real incident with real victims. To throw the story out onto the big screen to cash into the attention given to Weinstein is irresponsible at best and dangerous at worst. It would turn the story into an excuse to watch women being abused and mistreated.

I’m hesitant about the film being described as being like Devil Wears Prada as well. It’s one thing to watch Meryl Streep lecture Anne Hathaway on the color cerulean. A male boss terrorizing a female employee has vastly different connotations. Framing the entire story around a youthful actress being mistreated by a boss played by an actor out to win Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars sounds terrible to watch. The story takes on so many different layers, and those need to be treated with nuance.

It’s possible that a script was written in this short amount of time that does handle this respectfully, but the timing seems off. Maybe give the story a few years to breathe and the writers a few years to find a strong, not exploitative voice to tell the story. This isn’t something that should be rushed to bring to the silver screen, not when it’s still a problem. Maybe let’s fix Hollywood first before patting ourselves on the back and telling everyone that oh, this sort of thing doesn’t happen any longer.

(via The Hollywood Reporter, image: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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The New Billy on the Street Is a Burst Of Lin-Manuel Miranda Themed Joy

Billy Eichner and Lin-Manuel Miranda surprise a fan in Billy on the Street

Are you happy? That is the question at the heart of the latest Billy on the Street with Billy Eichner, and he’s brought actual ray of sunshine and hope Lin-Manuel Miranda along with him.

The pair run through the streets of New York, asking passerby if they’re happy. As per usual, they run into a series of fascinating folks on the street, ranging from those highly uninterested in being interviewed to some super Hamilton fans.

Perhaps the best part was when Miranda and Eichner ran into an artist who had contributed fan art to a Garfield book that Miranda also contributed to. The meeting is incredibly touching, and thankfully the pair found each other again on Twitter after Eichner shared the video.

Another iconic moment is a young woman who didn’t recognize Miranda off hand, but who did recognize Hamilton — because she’s been trying to win tickets for months. Her frustration at not being able to see the show is something I’m sure many Hamilfans will relate to.

Naturally, Twitter has loved this video, with fellow celebrities chiming in with their affection for Miranda, Eichner, and the sheer joy of this episode.

Eicher and Miranda make a fantastic comedic duo, with their different yet perfectly synched energies creating comedic gold. Please, if the news cycle is stressing you out (as it clearly stresses Eichner out in this video at certain times), watch this and celebrate the joy of Lin-Manuel Miranda and his power to make people smile, as well as Eichner’s absolutely stellar comedic timing and improv skills.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be getting reaction images from this video to bother my friends and screaming “Speaking of Vietnam, he’s in Mary Poppins Returns” for the next year and a half.

(image: Funny or Die)

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It Is a Truth Universally Acknowledged That Sebastian Stan Is Being Wasted by the MCU

Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes in Captain America: The First Avenger

Perhaps you do not follow me on Twitter but most of the time, I’m talking about I, Tonya. In fact, my bio says to “talk I, Tonya to me” because that movie is pretty much all I want to talk about.

So when Screenrant recently posted an article about the MCU wasting Sebastian Stan, my reaction was yes of course, because I have been writing about this vitally important issue since the dawn of time. Bring back his character of Jack Benjamin in Kings or let him have the Miami Vice show that he and Anthony Mackie want to do.

Just let Stan do something other than play Bucky Barnes since, in the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he’s been on screen for less than an hour. Bucky is great—we love Bucky Barnes in this house—but even as Bucky, Stan hasn’t been given nearly enough to do, especially considering his popularity as an actor and Bucky’s fan-favorite status (not to mention the use of Bucky as an important plot device).

I agree with everything in Screenrant’s Stan rant. When Alex Leadbeater wrote that article, I had one thought: I’ve said this for the last year and finally am understood and vindicated. Not that I’m assuming Leadbeater saw my posts as motivation, that’s me saying a lot about myself—the under-use of Sebastian Stan is self-evident and a sentiment shared by many, many people. I’m just over here with my hands waving like “HELLO, I’VE BEEN YELLING ABOUT I, TONYA SINCE DECEMBER 5TH, 2017.” Please see my surfeit of I, Tonya merchandise for reference.

While the general public hasn’t seen Destroyer yet and my own review is embargoed for now, Sebastian Stan as Chris is maybe his best work yet. And that’s saying a lot, I have seen I, Tonya at least 15 times. Chris is in the movie for all of 10 minutes in total but his role is extremely important to the story and his performance is out of this world. This is the sort of message that needs to be broadcast to the general public about Sebastian Stan.

So yes, Alex (can I call you Alex?), we have the same opinion about my wonderfully talented fave but also I feel like we either need to join forces in bringing the brilliance of Sebastian Stan to the world or I may have to dub thee my enemy. Can doppelgängers in equal appreciation of Sebastian Stan co-exist in the same timeline? I hope so. Mainly because I’ve been telling everyone from strangers on the subway to the pigeons of New York City that he should have been nominated for his performance as Jeff Gillooly, and now it seems like folks are sleeping on Destroyer. We could be stronger together, Alex.

Basically, Alex and I get it. Are we going to be blessed with all new Sebastian Stan content in 2019 that is incredible? From what is scheduled on his IMDb page, yes. But that is also with the knowledge that Bucky Barnes could be dust in the wind and gone from the Marvel Cinematic Universe relatively soon (which no please, bring James Buchanan Barnes back for the duration of his multi-picture contract, Marvel, you cowards). While a Bucky & Falcon show would be a wild ride and a great showcase for Stan and Mackie’s talent, I worry that could come at the cost of no more appearances for them in the movie-verse side of the MCU.

Stan is one of the most talented actors in the MCU stable and for him to only have, roughly, 40 minutes of screentime is as confusing as it is a poor decision. Especially when Stephen Strange has an entire movie dedicated to him and a million lines in Avengers: Infinity War. (Bucky has 7. I counted.) What we really need is even more articles and efforts like Screenrant’s and my own here. The world needs to know the truth.

So listen, Alex, this is my decree: I think we should be friends and not mortal enemies who have to fight to the death because to encounter your doppelgänger is traditionally a harbinger of bad luck. We can break with tradition, Alex. There doesn’t have to be only one.

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Jason Momoa Leads Haka at Aquaman Blue Carpet Event

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 12: Jason Momoa attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures'

Last night, Jason Momoa—husband of Lisa Bonet, King of the Seven Seas, and one of the only men gorgeous enough to truly rock a bun—walked the blue carpet to celebrate the release of Aquaman.

Momoa’s incarnation of Aquaman/Arthur Curry gives visibility to mixed-raced Polynesians everywhere by allowing an incarnation of one of DC’s most iconic characters to now look like them. It’s exciting and one of the reasons I’ve been rooting for Aquaman since Momoa was cast. For all their sins, at least it didn’t take the DCEU eighteen films to feature a non-white superhero. We can give them credit for that.

And because Jason Momoa infamously has no chill, he performed a haka at the premiere, at one point breaking his trident over his knee. It was lit.

But of course, there was the inevitable white opinion. In a now-deleted tweet shared ’round the internet today, one white person said that this “wasn’t the place” to perform the haka to promote the movie.

Thankfully, the internet was like, “Are you done?”

Now, of course, there is a place for that discourse among the Polynesian community, about Momoa leading a culturally Māori dance, even if there are other Māori dancers included, when he himself is Hawaiian—or if he is doing some blend of the Hawaiian ha’a and the haka. Polynesian culture is not a monolith, and that should be respected.

However, that’s not for some white dude to come and try and play respectability politics as if the dance itself is offensive to be done in a public space, celebrating a movie that is meant to showcase a Polynesian lead, including multiple Māori actors.

For those who don’t know, a haka is a ceremonial dance in Māori culture, used to celebrate or challenge. Haka are performed to welcome distinguished guests, and to acknowledge great achievements, occasions, or funerals. Aquaman would count as a great achievement.

As for myself, also not Polynesian, but a person of color, my own role in this to highlight discourse from those who are and remind you that this is a great opportunity to follow Polynesian writers and respectfully read the conversations without feeling like you need directly comment.

What is important, for those of us not of Polynesian heritage, is being able to appreciate that superhero movies are bringing visibility to different cultures in their casting. Jason Momoa as Aquaman will allow an entire generation of kids and kids-at-heart to see themselves in a superhero like never before, and that’s a beautiful thing.

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Things We Saw Today: Dr. Christine Blasey Ford Honors Gymnast Rachael Denhollander with Sports Illustrated’s Inspiration of the Year Award

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Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has largely kept out of the public eye since testifying against Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate. She is still receiving death threats and has had to move her family multiple times, in addition to being unable to resume her teaching position. Ford made a rare public appearance in a pre-taped segment introducing Rachael Denhollander, who won Sports Illustrated’s Inspiration of the Year award. Denhollander was the first victim who came forward publicly against convicted serial child molester Larry Nassar, launching a movement that lead to hundreds of gymnasts coming forward with their own stories of abuse.

Ford said of Denhollander, “In stepping forward, you took a huge risk, and you galvanized future generations to come forward even when the odds are seemingly stacked against them. The lasting lesson is that we all have the power to create real change, and we cannot allow ourselves to be defined by the acts of others.”

Denhollander, who is now a lawyer and a mother of three, first spoke out against Nassar in a series of interviews with the Indianapolis Star. Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis said of meeting with Denhollander, “I knew there was no doubt that she would carry this case, that the world would hear her and believe her and the truth would be exposed.”

Since Nassar’s conviction, over 150 lawsuits have been filed against Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics, and the US Olympic committee for covering for Nassar’s crimes. Michigan State University has since agreed to pay $500 million to 332 alleged victims of Nassar, the largest amount of money ever paid by a university over a sexual assault case.

Denhollander said during her trial testimony, “I want you to understand why I made this choice, knowing full well what it was going to cost to get here and with very little hope of ever succeeding. I did it because it was right. No matter the cost, it was right. And the farthest I can run from what you have become is to daily choose what is right instead of what I want.”

Here’s hoping both Ford and Denhollander find peace and closure after an extraordinary and brave year.

(via Jezebel, image: WIN MCNAMEE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Despite making strides in the industry, women directors are still excluded from awards season accolades. (via Pajiba)
  • The Predator is getting its own Rankin & Bass-style holiday special, complete with felt reindeer carnage. (via /Film)
  • You can catch a glimpse of Punisher Season 2, which drops on Netflix in January. (via ComicBook)
  • Sesame Street will be introducing its first homeless character, despite the fact that Oscar the Grouch has been living in a trashcan for decades now. (via WDSU)

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I’m Excited For Pedro Pascal And Angry About The Lack of Women of Color in The Mandalorian

Pedro Pascal in Kingsman

Star Wars has officially announced the cast for upcoming show The Mandalorian, and it’s pretty impressive in certain regards. One of the highlights of the news is the official confirmation on Pedro Pascal to the growing roster, joining Carl Weathers and Omid Abtahi in the cast. I am most excited about Giancarlo Esposito, because I’ve been a fan of him for years and he deserves only the best, including a big role in Star Wars. Werner Herzog and Nick Nolte are fascinating choices for major roles, and I cannot wait to see what they bring to the table. (Note: a previous version of this article stated Mr. Abtahi’s first name was Omar. We have since corrected this.)

However, I am less than thrilled about the female cast line-up. Namely, we’ve got two women in the eight member main cast, and both of them are white brunettes (classic Star Wars). I am so excited for the representation that we see with the male members of the cast, but also am disappointed in the lack of diversity, and indeed lack of roles, for women in this project, especially since Lucasfilm has to be aware of the desire for representation on that front.

We’ve covered the white brunette situation many times on the site, but every time more casting news drops we have to bring it up again. There’s a solution to this, but Lucasfilm seems incapable of considering things outside this particular box. We have Rose and Paige Tico, Enfys Nest, Val, and whoever Naomi Ackie is playing, and that’s about it when it comes to live action women of color. There are women of color in the animated series and the books, but those are only going to be read or watched by a small fraction of the films’s audiences.

I want to celebrate the diversity in the men of color of The Mandalorian, and find their inclusion to be hugely important. But women of color in Star Wars has always been lacking, and this is just another reminder of how little they seem to care about casting non white brunettes in major roles. To be honest, I never expected the cast to be heavy on female roles, as Favreau isn’t famed for his female-centric work. But the lack of inclusion in these roles is troubling.

At some point, Lucasfilm has to do better. Rey and Jyn and Qi’Ra don’t work on their own if they’re as far as Lucasfilm is willing to go with representation. The studio needs to make a concerted effort to include more women of color, because if they don’t their mantra that they’re here to represent all audiences falls flat. And when we say cast women of color, we don’t mean to keep them masked and hidden from promotion for a surprise reveal (like Enfys) or to kill them off early on (Val and Paige).

Lucasfilm needs to do better. I’ll be watching The Mandalorian for the director’s lineup and for Pascal and Esposito, but I’m disappointed in the female roles. Lucasfilm has to do better, otherwise they’ll find themselves being left behind.

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Here Are Netflix’s Most-Binged Shows of the Year

Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes in Bodyguard

Netflix is notoriously close-mouthed about its viewership numbers for individual shows, but the streaming behemoth recently released a numbered list of their most highly “binge-watched” content this year. What does this compilation reveal?

Under the heading “The Shows We Fell In Binge With This Year,” Netflix writes, “Are you still watching? Damn right we are. True crime, hidden ghosts, Richard Madden, oh my (ma’am) – these are the series that kept us glued to our seats and screens this year.”

This would appear to be a list of the shows watched with the most consecutive attention—the series we just kept watching without interruption, clicking the “still here” alert bleary-eyed at 4am (not that I’d know anything about that). Netflix says these are the shows with the “highest average watch time.” While I’m sure that there’s some correlation here with actual viewership numbers, this is a different kind of metric, that ineffable “binge-ability” factor.

  1. On My Block
  2. Making a Murderer: Part 2
  3. 13 Reasons Why: Season 2
  4. Last Chance U: INDY
  5. Bodyguard
  6. Fastest Car
  7. The Haunting of Hill House
  8. Anne with an E: Season 2
  9. Insatiable
  10. Orange Is the New Black: Season 6

The first thing that intrigued me about these Netflix ranked watching sprees is that I had not heard of “On My Block,” Netflix’s most-binged property of the year. I’m not alone; The Wrap already has an article called “What Is ‘On My Block‘?” clarifying that Netflix’s list indicates those shows “that enticed viewers to watch the most episodes in a single sitting,” not necessarily reflective of overall popularity. Still, I imagine it’s an important factor that Netflix takes into account in ordering additional seasons. If a show can keep you parked on Netflix for hours and hours on end, that has to have a lot of value.

So what is On My Block? According to The Wrap, it’s a teen dramedy about “a group of streetwise teens navigating both the everyday drama of entering high school and the very real dangers of life in inner-city Los Angeles,” and it’s already headed for, you guessed it, a second season.

I binge-watched a few of these shows myself, namely Bodyguard (an essentially over-the-top show but Richard Madden is very pretty and who doesn’t love a British twist-filled crime melodrama), Anne with an E: Season 2 (I am not crying over Canadian orphans, you’re crying), and Making a Murderer Season 2 (that Kathleen Zellner, amirite?).

Last Chance U: INDY is apparently a junior college football docu-series which explains why I also have never heard of it, and Fastest Car is about how “the drivers of exotic supercars put their street cred on the line against deceptively fast sleeper cars built and modified by true gearheads.” I did not watch Insatiable because the Mary Sue staffers who did so seemed to prefer dental surgery to the show, nor did I watch Thirteen Reasons Why This Show Should Have Never Received A Second Season, nor The Haunting of Hill House because I would be screaming and rocking back and forth in terror in the middle of the night and nobody needs that.

From an analytical perspective, something that jumps out here is that not one of Netflix’s slate of Marvel shows appeared to have that “binge-watching” appeal in 2018. While I think Marvel Studios is mostly responsible for the shuttering of these shows as it prepares its own slate for the Disney+ streaming service, it’s hard to imagine that Netflix wouldn’t have fought to renew, say, Daredevil if it was in their binge-watcher’s top ten.

As for Netflix original movies? Check out the handy compiled graphic below, where “in love” measures how many times a movie was rewatched. It’s probably a good time to pitch your teen romance dramedy script to Netflix if you’ve got one. What about buzzworthy talent? Also listed are the stars who gained the most on Instagram after a year in the Netflix spotlight.

Netflix Most-Binged 2018

What did you binge-watch this year? Talk to me in the comments, I always love quality (or trashy!) recommendations.

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Yet Another Study Reveals Women-Led Films Do Better, So Who Are We Trying To Convince?

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in 'Wonder Woman'

Today, new research from CAA and tech firm Shift7 was released that drove home a familiar point: female led titles do better than male led ones. Across five budget brackets — below $10 million, $10 to $30 million, $30 to $50 million, $50M to $100 million, and $100 million or more — and 350 titles, female-led films performed better than their male counterparts. Similarly, films that passed the Bechdel Test were more likely to have a higher box office, and since 2012 all films to gross more than $1 billion at the box office have passed that test.

Amy Pascal, former Chairman of Sony Pictures and one of the heads of the group, said in a quote shared by Deadline “This is powerful proof that audiences want to see everyone represented on screen. Decision-makers in Hollywood need to pay attention to this.” Similarly, producer and founder of 3dot productions Liz Chasin said “Understandably, the studios think about the bottom line, so it’s great to see a growing body of data that should make it easier for executives to make more inclusive decisions.”

A third member of this group, actress and activist Geena Davis, stated that “there is so much unconscious bias in this space. The truth is that seeing women and girls on screen is not only good for everyone – especially our children – it’s also good entertainment and good business.”

The findings point to female-led films being more profitable than male-led films, which is something a look at the 2017 box office makes a case for. The top three grossers from that year were The Last Jedi, Wonder Woman, and Beauty and the Beast. This data backs these box office statistics up from January 2014 until the end of 2017, proving that this trend has been on the rise for a while.

As great as it is to have cold, hard data on our side, the question becomes then: what’s next? Will these numbers finally shatter the myth that women-led films are somehow not as good or don’t earn as much at the box office? Or will we see this happen again in 2019, 2020, and on and on until the inevitable heat death of the universe?

And how many of these films were made by white male directors? We’ve covered plenty of studies that talk about lack of inclusion behind the camera. If female-led stories are doing so well, why not hire a woman to write or direct them? It worked for DC. It’s probably going to work for Marvel. We shouldn’t have women being routinely shut out of telling their own stories.

There is much to be done to make Hollywood inclusive on nearly every level. The proof is in the pudding that films that don’t just feature homogenous, male-centered casts are profitable. What remains to be seen is if the mercenary concept that representation equals money is enough to push Hollywood in the right direction. If the box office numbers point to female-led projects doing well, then we should see more of them.

We should also, hopefully, see more women behind the camera because to continuously give female-led projects to white male directors is a disservice to Hollywood’s perceived message of inclusivity, and says that only one kind of person can tell a story. With more women being shut out of the awards circuit again this year, it’s time for studies like these to actually be read by Hollywood executives, and for more change to happen.

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