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SDCC 2013 Saw the First Woman-Moderated Movie Panel In Hall H


You’d think that, after years and years of SDCCs, there would have been at least one woman-moderated movie panel in the hallowed hall H, right? Wrong. This year was the first.

From Kristal Bailey‘s The Growing Influence of Women at Comic-Con:

Women have moderated panels at the smaller cons before and in the other rooms at Comic-Con, but never at the main show itself. The closest it’s gotten to this before was Jenna Busch moderated a TV panel in Hall H on Sunday. But, usually those panels aren’t the 6,500 behemoths that movie panels are. They actually have removed seats from the hall for reasons I still don’t quite understand. This year, it finally happened with LA Times’ Hero Complex editor Gina McIntyre, who moderated the panel for Terry Gilliam‘s The Zero Theorem.

Women dominated San Diego Comic-Con this year in more ways than one. We’ve already reported about how women are leading the conversations when it comes to SDCC social media discussion, and now there’s Bailey’s article on how the female presence was felt at the biggest con in the country. Worth noting in particular is the “Women Who Kick Ass” panel, which featured the above lovely badasses (from left to right): Tatiana Maslany, Katee Sackhoff, Maggie Q, Danai Gurira, and Michelle Rodriguez.

Want to read more? Check out the article on Indiewire’s Women and Hollywood blog!

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  • Alan Izar

    Is this panel online? It’s the one I’m interested in watching

  • John W

    Add Gina Carano and you have your entire cast for Expendables 3.

    Or a film adaptation of the X-men comic featuring an all female lineup.

  • Anonymous

    Haha! Looking at the pic, I thought Maggie Q would make a great Psylocke and Maslany a great Kitty Pryde, with Danai Gurira as Storm, that would be an awesome start. Not sure who Rodriguez and Sackhoff could be but I’ll vote yes.

  • http://www.thenerdybird.com/ Jill Pantozzi

    Sackhoff would have to be Captain Marvel. Rodriguez could be Echo/Ronin. But I suppose if you’re sticking to just X-Men, Dazzler and Domino?

  • John W

    It looks like it’s on You Tube in 4 parts.

  • John W

    Sorry that was a panel from a previous year.

  • Ashe

    This is super duper great.

  • Erik Wise

    I saw this panel at the slightly smaller Ballroom 20 venue a few years back, with Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana, and several others. I was in Hall H during the time that this 2013 panel was taking place, but I ran out to get coffee at the time, thinking that it was going to be a repeat. However, upon my return I was pleasantly surprised with the input from Katie, Michelle, and the others who had never been on the panel before.

    Now for the strange/annoying part.

    After Michelle make some very pointed (but valid) criticisms of the overt and latent sexism in the industry, this guy behind me started complaining to his girlfriend about how Michelle, in particular, was actually making it worse. Then during the break between panels that followed this one, he proceeded to get into an argument with a woman next to him, after she challenged him on his complaints.

    I wouldn’t have been eavesdropping on his insipid whining but for the fact that he directly behind me and I could not but hear every single whine of his.

    Just when you think that the straight male fan-boy is an endangered species, it rears its ugly head. His complaints are essentially based upon this stupid notion that any criticism, however valid, emasculates him.

    Michelle made excellent points about how gender/sex stereotypes still permeate not just the artistic product, but also the process whereby they are made. Not only did she challenge women to come forward and be more active in the creation process (as producers, writers, directors, etc.), but she also fervently advocated the LGBT community be fully represented. And I, as a gay man, have nothing but respect for that.

    But the guy behind me? All he could do was loudly grumble to his girlfriend about Michelle (she later told him that they would have to “agree to disagree”), and her criticism about the industry. He even started complaining about Michelle and her comments during the break *after the panel that followed this one*. (Was this guy fixated on Michelle, or what?) When he told the woman sitting next to his girlfriend (the one he was arguing with) that he was an aspiring director working production in Hollywood, all I could think was this: “You’re one among thousands. Good luck trying to succeed with that misogynist attitude.”

    Despite that, the panel was great. And it garnered a lot of applause. But as for that straight white fan-boy bitch-fest I was subjected to behind me? Ugh. I hope his girlfriend dumps his ass ASAP. She can do better.

  • MeatyStakes

    I very much appreciated how racially diverse the panel was too.

  • not-so-small-mercies

    “Danai Gurira as Storm”
    Still bitter. They could have re-cast, and they didn’t. STILL BITTER.

  • Ashe

    ‘When he told the woman sitting next to his girlfriend (the one he was
    arguing with) that he was an aspiring director working production in
    Hollywood, all I could think was this: “You’re one among thousands. Good
    luck trying to succeed with that misogynist attitude.”‘

    A misogynistic white male director actually wouldn’t be too out of place in Hollywood.

  • Erik Wise

    I hope you get a chance to watch the panel online somewhere. It was really good! Better than I expected, because I was expecting a rehash of the same panel from a couple of years ago.

    Another great panel that I went to was Gender in Comic Books, which was in a small panel room upstairs at SDCC, yet it was PACKED. One of my favorite tidbits from that panel included learning from one of the panelists that when Chris Claremont (famed X-Men scribe in the 80s/90s) was creating a new character, he always asked himself, “Is there any reason this character can’t be a woman?” And it dawned on me right then and there that Claremont really was a revolutionary writer, because it was under his helm that there were more female characters, and good ones mind you, than anywhere else in mainstream comics. (The same could also be said for George Perez, co-creator of the New Teen Titans and who revamped Wonder Woman in the 80s. Sadly, Perez was unable to attend that panel, although he was slated to. Wah!)

  • Anonymous

    Haha! Dazzler and Domino! I’ll take those! Great choices!