In a link getting much play around the online water cooler, Nikki Finke reports that Warner Brothers production president Jeff Robinov has decreed “We are no longer doing movies with women in the lead.” This comes after the box office disappointment of recent films starring Jodie Foster and Nicole Kidman.
Of course, Warner Bros has always been male-centric in its movies. But now the official policy as expressly articulated by Robinov is that a male has to be the lead of every pic made. I’m told he doesn’t even want to see a script with a woman in the primary position (which now is apparently missionary at WB). Oh yeah, the fact that so many Warner Bros movies have been sucking at the box office for the last two years is all the fault of females. (Then again, Robinov’s poorly performing Superman Returns was criticized for its girlie-man portrayal of the superhero.) As regular readers of my own box office reports know, chick flicks haven’t been doing well at the box office lately. But Robinov’s statements aren’t about women’s movies as a genre, they’re anti Hollywood actresses.
Could Robinov’s MANdate may have something to do with the Wonder Woman movie stalling at WB and her shift to the team centric JLA movie?