The League of Extraordinary Gentleman is one of those properties that people seem to have a strong attachment to despite the utter inability of anyone but Alan Moore to make anything really enjoyable out of it. The 2003 film was a confusing mess with some valiant performances, and a planned series never happened. But it seems like the temptation to do it right is just too strong, as 20th Century Fox is apparently taking another run at it. Only this time, they’re going to be placing more focus on the gentlewoman.
While speaking to the Television Critics Association, producer John Davis said of the new project “It’s female-centric, which I think is interesting. I love female character, point-of-view characters in action movies. I thought Mad Max was great.” Frankly, saying that “Mad Max was great.” is just a thing you say if you are a person with eyes who saw Mad Max, but it’s nice to see someone in charge of a major property like thing taking time to consider the point-of-view that they’re using and how that affects the finished product. However, as Mina Murray is the only woman in the League of Extraordinary Gentleman there seem to be limited possibilities to what he might mean. Unless they’re going to add new characters again the way they added Tom Sawyer to the first film.
But, these are all just empty promises until something makes it to our screens. I’m all for giving women more central roles in action films and television shows, but I just hope it’s done in a way that’s interesting and serves the story rather than “Hey, all those lady-reboots seem to be getting a lot of attention on the Twitters, let’s do that.”