"The Avengers" writer/director Joss Whedon knows his butt-kicking babes. He is, after all, the creator of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," deadly Echo in "Dollhouse," and gun-toting Zoe of "Firefly."

But his strong, beautiful, capable female characters lived primarily on television. When it comes to female superheroes in movies, there is a decided and egregious lack, Whedon told The Daily Beast.

"It's stupid, and I'm hoping 'The Hunger Games' will lead to a paradigm shift," he said. "It's frustrating to me that I don't see anybody developing one of these movies. It actually pisses me off. My daughter watched 'The Avenger's and was like, 'My favorite characters were the Black Widow and Maria Hill,' and I thought, 'Yeah, of course they were.'"

Consider the characters in "Avengers": Iron Man has his own franchise, as does Captain America and Thor. Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow? Nope.

It's been nearly a decade since Halle Berry cracked her whip as "Catwoman" and Jennifer Garner slashed blades as "Elektra."

Then again, Marvel's Kevin Feige recently promised that a female superhero movie was in the pipeline.

"We have a number of candidates from the comics and from the movies we've already made. It's just a matter of finding the right storyline, the right filmmaker, the right time," he told Entertainment Weekly.

[via The Daily Beast]

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