It’s not as simple as sexism, because sexism isn’t simple. These films [superhero movies] are pitched and calibrated to demographics that don’t buy girl-shaped action figures; we live in a world where female characters are spoken of gender first. We read women into a separate category, evaluate them as “females”, and find ways out of them we don’t look for in our default male protagonists. They have to be better than good to their own stories, as though stories are medals to be hung around necks, the finish line and not the race.
–Why aren’t there more female superhero films?