In the 1985 comic strip The Rule, Alison Bechdel introduced a simple test that troublingly highlighted the gender bias present in mainstream movies.
Last month saw the release of Dredd 3D, Pete Travis’ big-screen adaptation of 2000 A.D.’s comic Judge Dredd. It topped the UK box office on its opening weekend but the $50million blockbuster has yet to make even make half of its reported budget worldwide. A possible factor in Dredd 3D’s waning profits is the fact that almost every UK screening of the movie is in the 3D format.
For those of you who have watched James Cameron’s Avatar, if you cast your mind back you might remember that in this film a well-informed fantastical ecology was created, with many of its constituent animals and plants showing utterly alien traits, such as six-legged elephant-horses, and bizarre iridescent blue plants.
Back in 1992, the world had seen the likes of Batman on the big screen, doing reasonably well at the box office, but comic movies were a novelty that attracted a few cinema goers. Fast forward twenty years and the scenery has totally changed. Just take a look at the highest grossing films of all time.
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For all the bitching that goes on in Hollywood, precious few disputes actually happen face to face. So thank goodness for James Cameron and Mark Canton, producer of the recent schlock-fest Piranha 3D, for deciding to air their dirty laundry in the most public manner possible.
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