Back when Marvel Studios announced that it would be bringing Guardians of the Galaxy to the big screen, a lot of people, myself included, wondered how the hell someone was going to tell the story of a talking raccoon and his giant tree-man friend. Then, of course, the movie was released last summer and became the second highest-grossing film at the domestic box office in 2014, because people simply couldn’t get enough of that talking raccoon and his adorable giant tree-man. If Guardians of the Galaxy could become a massive hit and the beginning of yet another wildly popular comic book movie franchise, then any comic should have the potential for success, right?
That’s part of the problem that an 11-year old girl named Rowan explained to DC Comics in this powerful letter that she recently wrote, according to a blogger named David Perry, who claims that he knows both Rowan and her parents.
Dear DC comics,
My name is Rowan and I am 11 years old. I love superheroes and have been reading comics and watching superhero cartoons and movies since I was very young. I’m a girl, and I’m upset because there aren’t very many girl superheroes or movies and comics from DC.
For my birthday, I got some of your Justice League Chibis™. I noticed in the little pamphlet that there are only 2 girl Chibis, and 10 boys. Also, the background for the girl figures was all pink and purple.
I remember watching Justice League cartoons when I was really young with my dad. There are Superman and Batman movies, but not a Wonder Woman one. You have a Flash TV show, but not a Wonder Woman one. Marvel Comics made a movie about a talking tree and raccoon awesome, but you haven’t made a movie with Wonder Woman.
I would really like a Hawkgirl or Catwoman or the girls of the Young Justice TV show action figures please. I love your comics, but I would love them a whole lot more, if there were more girls.
I asked a lot of the people I know whether they watched movies or read books or comics where girls were the main characters, they all said yes.
Please do something about this. Girls read comics too and they care.
As we all know, there was supposed to be a Wonder Woman series on NBC in 2011, but the network decided to trash it and Alan Sepinwall referred to the pilot as “embarrassing.” Additionally, DC Comics has both a Supergirl TV series and Wonder Woman movie in the works, so perhaps Rowan could amend her letter to ask, “What the heck took so long?” And while I hope this letter is real and not a viral stunt, DC Comics responded on Twitter in between plugs for the latest comic books and totally rad Wonder Woman t-shirts…
I really hope that doesn’t mean a Spice Girls reunion is coming.