An email exchange between Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter and Sony CEO Michael Lynton made public by Wikileaks from the Sony hack revealed the businessmen don't believe female superheros are profitable.
To: "Lynton, Michael"
Subject: Female Movies
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 05:32:50 -0400
As we discussed on the phone, below are just a few examples. There are more.
1. Electra (Marvel) – Very bad idea and the end result was very, very bad.
2. Catwoman (WB/DC) - Catwoman was one of the most important female character within the
Batmanfranchise. This film
was a disaster. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=catwoman.htm
3. Supergirl – (DC) Supergirl was one of the most important female super hero in Superman
franchise. This Movie
came out in 1984 and did $14 million total domestic with opening weekend of $5.5 million. Again,
The emails were uncovered in the wake of "Avenger" stars Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner'sjokes calling Scarlett Johansson's character, Black Widow, a "slut."
Evans and Renner apologized for their remarks. However, Renner recently maintained anyone who would sleep "with four of the six Avengers" is a "slut," including him.