By Christopher Moshier
Aug 15, 2006 - 13:12
COMIC BOOK BIN (through Christopher Moshier): Alias, Dark Angel, Witchblade, Birds of Prey and even the online series, Siren...This seems to be turning into the decade of angry chicks. Comment or compare on Amanda Hades and these other properties. Obviously, anyone who watches Amanda Hades and the other shows can draw a comparison. Can you tell me, in a creator's words, what sets them apart?
SEAN ROURKE: Our heroines have shinier pants.
Kidding. Well, that's a good question. The angry chick is a popular thing right now. As to why that is, I think there are 2 reasons...guys like watching hot girls, and guys are attracted to strong women. That's pretty much it. The danger with all that is what the female fans think of the characters. The majority of fans are still guys, but they're not alone anymore. We are living in a progressive age where there is a growing number of female fans to geek avenues. It's really exciting! (Cosplay is certainly a benchmark of that.)
For a creator nowadays, you're probably gonna get a lot of people to watch the first episode or read the first issue of a comic book if you have a tough looking chick on the cover. If the character of the girl is shallow and not believable to women, then they won't come back again. The guys may stay interested for a few installments just based on the fact that she's hot, but even that won't keep a male viewer for long.
For me personally, (and I think I speak for my colleagues as well,) we just find female characters more interesting. We already know what it's like to be a guy...we wanna know what goes on in the heads of women. That's why two of our three main characters are girls. They're far more interesting to watch than say, Andrew Hades and his frat-boy sidekick "Lady Killer".
That having been said...it is really hard as a guy to write women characters realistically, especially in an environment like this. Information espionage and kicking the smack outta Red Berets are the kinds of things guys really get into more than most girls. You have to bear in mind, "okay, I am not writing a scene for a guy and then sticking a female actress in front of the camera." You're writing a scene with women characters. How are they gonna handle these situations? Most times, the differences are subtle, but they still need to be there. Luckily, we have a talented couple of actresses on this show who have great insight while shooting. They help us keep it real. Now granted, we do throw-in the occasional cleavage shot or short skirt, but that's just in keeping with the genre, and quite frankly, that's part of why our male viewers come back to the site. Hopefully though, we're portraying strong female characters who will be accessible to our women fans, and whose brains will make the male fans "fall in love" after the initial "falling in lust.
Was that too hyper-analytical?
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