Y’know, that’s a great question.
Amber Thomas

Super-hero movies are war movies, or at least they aren’t far removed. They come from the same vein of story-telling as the *Illiad*, which draw on elements, themes, and personalities from real wars to create a fantastical conflict. The five super-hero movies on the list are essentially war-movies.

It’s true that there are lots of other female superheroes and villians, but wouldn’t you agree that the way the movies present the characters is proportional to the way they’re presented in comics? Captain America is a headliner. Most of the female characters are not. Not saying that’s OK, but it’s not like the movies are skewing comic book demographics.

So the discrepancy in 5 of the 10 movies can be explained because of their war theme. That’s easy. So what of the kids movies? Well, interestingly enough, the two that have neutral themes (Zootopia and Dory) have gender parity. In fact, Zootopia is arguably skewed female because it’s largely about police and criminals, both of whom are predominantly male. The Jungle Book is about exploration — again, an area where many more men have sacrificed and died than women. I haven’t seen Fantastic Beasts or Life of Pets so I couldn’t say, though I think its safe to presume that JK Rowling had non-sexist reasons for the demographics of her characters.

What do you think?