A Lucasfilm Executive Is Not Pumped About Men-Only Screenings Of Star Wars,
Star Wars is a franchise that is enjoyed by men and women alike, but in recent days at least one vocal Star Wars fan, author and filmmaker is loudly proclaiming the need for men-only screenings of the upcoming flick Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The news that Jack Posobiec is fighting for male screenings of the upcoming flick is coming after Alamo Drafthouse mentioned there will be a couple of ladies-only screenings of Wonder Woman happening this weekend. Only, in terms of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm isn’t entertaining the idea. At all. Here’s what executive editor Jennifer Heddle had to say in response to Posobiec’s need for male-only star wars flicks.
That tweet is factual, but it’s also an amusing way of putting it. There will be plenty of people at Lucasfilm and at various premieres, many of whom are ladies, who will be seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi well before the movie is released wide. But it seems pretty weird that a few screenings for Wonder Wonder that are catering to the ladies have spawned a debate that has started incorporating other big blockbuster films that are hitting the theaters in 2017. Especially since Star Wars: The Last Jedi also has a female lead.
Look, Wonder Woman is a very big movie coming out this weekend. It’s going to hit theaters in wide release late on Thursday night, and there will be thousands of screenings across the country, not to mention the DC movie’s release in theaters elsewhere across the world. It seems a little strange to me to get riled up about a few “event” types of screenings for the Wonder Woman movie and even stranger to turn this sort of screening into a whole gender-oriented debate supposedly keeping men from seeing Wonder Woman, much less leading into men wanting their own showings for a whole bunch of other movies. There’s also a difference between a couple of female-only screenings and banning women from Star Wars: The Last Jedi for an entire week, which makes no financial sense whatsoever, but I digress.
Anyway, if you do happen to be offended by the couple of ladies night screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse, you can always catch Wonder Woman at a different theater, or not at all. Although by all accounts, we’ve heard it’s a pretty darn good movie. And could be a great step in a new direction for DC, as the more recent movies in the universe have had a little trouble finding their tone. Not to mention, if it does well, it could pave the way for more female-oriented superhero movies like Batgirl and Marvel’s Captain Marvel. (I’m still keeping my fingers crossed for a Black Widow solo, too.) That seems like a piece of movie history that might be worth checking out, and checking out when the theaters are full and the fans are really riled up to see the flick. But maybe that’s just me.
Star Wars is a franchise that is enjoyed by men and women alike, but in recent days at least one vocal Star Wars fan, author and filmmaker is loudly proclaiming the need for men-only screenings of the upcoming flick Star Wars: The Last Jedi.