I noticed something odd about this summer’s blockbuster releases. It’s not a new trend that arrived from nowhere, nor is it so bad it’s destroying the fabric of our society, but this summer, for the first time, I seemed to notice the blockbusters were all about the guys. In a summer filled to the brim with novel and superhero adaptations, the story-required female supporting characters played less and less of a role to the point of being near pointless.
Whether there’s anything to take from this trend in movie posters is to be debated, so I thought I would look back at this summer’s major releases and see if it’s my mind playing tricks on me. For me, I’ve always enjoyed the battle sequence more then the romantic subplot, so perhaps my reflections are exaggerated. In this two-part analysis, we’ll start with those films all-but-devoid of female importance.