This week Charlize Theron told Variety "I am ashamed I'm part of an industry that has never allowed a woman to work with a budget higher than what the budget has been on Wonder Woman". The Oscar winning actress known for her tenacious roles in Monster and Mad Max: Fury Road, deplored the way the "cave man like" male dominated industry does not capitalise on the successes of female driven work.
Although Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins, made 582 million world-wide and continues to break box office records globally, the superhero remake still echoes an air of old fashioned sexism where Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) is continually objectified by men throughout the film. It seems her appearance and effect on men plays a bigger part in her fight scenes than actually showcasing her out of this world skills.
This is not the first time recently that women have felt let down by sexism in the film industry.
Last week Michelle Rodriguez, star of the Fast And Furious films, has hinted that she may be forced to leave the franchise if the way women are represented in TV and film does not improve. The actor known for her tough-chick roles in Hollywood blockbusters spoke out after the release of the latest Fast and Furious film, F8, was released and in her opinion once again does not do the female characters justice.
On the contrary, French actress Marion Cottilard recently denied the existence of sexism in Hollywood and the need for feminism in the industry. In an interview with Porter magazine Cottilard stated "Film-making is not about gender. You cannot ask a president in a festival like Cannes to have, like, five movies directed by women and five by men. For me it doesn't create equality, it creates separation. I mean, I don't qualify myself as a feminist. We need to fight for women's rights but I don't want to separate women from men. We're separated already because we're not made the same and it's the difference that creates this energy in creation and love."