Sarah Michelle Gellar: Female Marvel movies ‘torn apart’ by fans
“There’s still the ‘male superhero’ mentality, it’s a very rejected way of thinking.
Sarah Michelle Gellar calls out the ‘backward thinking’ of some Marvel fans.
The “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” alum is “Captain Marvel” and “Ms. Marvel” was bombarded by trolls before its release.
“Genre is where women can really succeed and hold an audience,” Gellar said The guardian. “Every time a Marvel movie tries to do a female cast, it just falls apart. Unfortunately, the public was not so receptive.”
He added: “There’s still the ‘male superhero’ mentality, it’s a very backwards way of thinking.
While Gellar noted that she won’t be reprising her iconic role as Buffy, the “Wolf Pack” star opened up about her controversial experience working with Joss Whedon and other showrunners in the ’90s and early 2000s.
“Not a day goes by that you don’t pick up a trade magazine and hear about some showrunner being pushed out for simply inappropriate behavior,” Gellar said. “When I was growing up, people were screaming on sets: actors, directors, everyone. It doesn’t happen anymore. When someone comes off the set screaming, it’s like, “Peace!” No one should be treated like this – we have already established that.”
The “I Know What You Did Last Summer” actress recently shared The independent that the “toxic environments” he experienced were not “task specific.” During her career, Gellar faced backlash as a teenager for choosing to take on roles outside of her own “superhero” genre as Buffy. Gellar’s acclaimed turn in “Cruel Intentions” was one of the career risks she had to fight to get off the ground.
“My team didn’t want me to do this job,” Gellar said. “They kept saying, ‘We don’t get it, it’s so ridiculous – she’s such a bitch and you’re the superhero.’ I got so much pushback.”
Gellar’s role in “Cruel Intentions” came full circle in the casting of Netflix’s “Do Revenge,” where Gellar played a former high school queen bee turned principal.
“I just heard her and I was sitting there and I literally thought of Kathryn from ‘Cruel Intentions,’ like if she was the principal of the school, what advice would she give? writer-director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson told IndieWire. “His saying yes was kind of co-writing this movie and I felt like we were doing something right. That was really like the turning point for me when I said, “Oh, I think this might actually work and it’s going to be good.”
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