Warner Bros. says “No More” to Female Lead Characters

wb-logo.jpgWarner Bros. president of production Jeff Robinov obviously has a death wish. Either that, or he has absolutely no sense of what he is saying when he opens his mouth. I say this because as Deadline Hollywood is reporting, Robinov told producers at Warner Bros. that they are “no longer doing movies with women in the lead.” Gee, I wonder how that fits into their Affirmative Action plan.

Robinov’s comments are said to have stemmed from the lackluster performance of films such as Jodie Foster’s The Brave One and Nicole Kidman’s The Invasion. Of course, it all makes sense now. The reason these movies didn’t do well has nothing to do with say, the male directors. It also had nothing to with poor scripts, poor story development or even poor marketing. It is all about the fact that neither of them had Christian Bale on the poster. I get it now.

Of course, even producers who work closely with Robinov at WB can see that he is quite the douchebag, as many of them have already been tossing him under the bad publicity bus. One producer remarked, “It’s a phenomenal thing to say. What are we in the 1700s where women are back to being barefoot and pregnant? What’s next — fire all the Warner Bros women executives?”

It is a phenomenal thing to say, especially from the big dick (pun intended) of the studio who was supposed to be responsible for ushering in a Wonder Woman franchise. What kind of message does this sort of thing send to America? That the star power of women is lesser than the star power of men? What is this, the middle ages? Last time I checked, it wasn’t about who was headlining the flick as much as it was about the quality of the film. On top of all that, what about the kids? Who are the daughters of our generation going to have as role models? It just doesn’t add up.

Thankfully not everyone in Hollywood has their head so far up their ass that they would not only think, but say these sorts of things. But I would like to send a “thank you” note Mr. Robinov. Not only has he set the male gender back hundreds of years, but he has forced me to not only agree with, but to take up a cause alongside Gloria Allred. She says “boycott Warner Bros.”, I don’t know if that’s such a bad idea, especially if they are going to go down this path.

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Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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