Among the leaked Sony e-mails that were released by Wikileaks was an exchange between Marvel CEO and Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton regarding the lack of success of female driven superhero films. The email was dated August 7, 2014. The full email is below:
As we discussed on the phone, below are just a few examples. There are more.
1. Electra (Marvel) – Very bad idea and the end result was very, very bad. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=elektra.htm
2. Catwoman (WB/DC) – Catwoman was one of the most important female character within the Batmanfranchise. This film was a disaster. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=catwoman.htm
3. Supergirl – (DC) Supergirl was one of the most important female super hero in Superman franchise. This Movie came out in 1984 and did $14 million total domestic with opening weekend of $5.5 million. Again, another disaster.
It should be noted that Marvel is releasing the female driven super hero film Captain Marvel November 2, 2018.