GLAAD blasted Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Extended Universe for not having enough gay characters in its superhero movies.
According to the Washington Times, the “Deadpool” franchise was praised for including a same-sex couple in the recently released sequel. But “Wonder Woman” was criticized for not helping grow diversity.
“There have been several films in recent years that have erased a character’s queer identity as they moved from page to screen,” a report from the gay organizations’s yearly report read about LGBTQ representation in films.
“In 2017, Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok and DC’s Wonder Woman both included characters who are queer in the source material, but did not include any on screen confirmation of their identities,” it added. “This must change going forward.”
“With wildly successful films like Wonder Woman and Black Panther proving that audiences want to see diverse stories that haven’t been told before, there is simply no reason for major studios to have such low scores on the Studio Responsibility Index,” Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President and CEO, explained.
“At a time when the entertainment industry is holding much needed discussions about inclusion, now is the time to ensure the industry takes meaningful action and incorporates LGBTQ stories and creators as among priorities areas for growing diversity,” she added.
The report also praised the changes that have been made to include more gay heroes in comic books and said that was just one more reason that the lack of diversity on the big screen was unacceptable.
“Though wide release films this year like Love, Simon, Annihilation, Blockers, and Negasonic and Yukio’s relationship in Deadpool 2, have raised the bar for LGBTQ images, studios must still do more to ensure that LGBTQ storylines and characters are included in fair and accurate ways,” Megan Townsend, Director of Entertainment Research and Analysis at GLAAD, said. “We hope that these films are the start of an upward trend of sustained progress, and not just a blip in the radar of next year’s SRI [Studio Responsibility Index].”