When the latest film version of Charlie’s Angels hit theaters over the weekend, it flopped. Charlie’s Angels was made on a budget of $40 million and brought in $8.6 million in North America. Elizabeth Banks, who wrote, produced, directed, and acted in the new Charlie’s Angels, is aware that it’s been poorly received, and she recently had something to say about it all.
Elizabeth Banks gave an interview to The Wall Street Journal, in which she talked about her career as a director, and the film franchises she’s worked on. She directed Pitch Perfect 2 after appearing in Pitch Perfect, then produced Pitch Perfect 3. She described the Charlie’s Angels reboot as a natural step in her business plan, and that she’s always building her business. One of the arguments against Elizabeth’s Charlie’s Angels was that it didn’t feel like there was a need to reboot the series after the 2000 film and its 2003 sequel, especially considering the failed Charlie’s Angels TV series from 2011. Elizabeth didn’t care:
“You’ve had 37 Spider-Man movies and you’re not complaining!…I think women are allowed to have one or two action franchises every 17 years – I feel totally fine with that.”
The only problem is, it looks like she probably won’t be building a sequel to Charlie’s Angels. The film didn’t break even, and the reception from critics was mixed at best. The general consensus is that the movie is a certified flop. Elizabeth knows this, and she responded on Twitter yesterday:
Well, if you’re going to have a flop, make sure your name is on it at least 4x. I’m proud of #CharliesAngels and happy it’s in the world.
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) November 18, 2019
That’s probably a lot more diplomatic than what she’d rather have typed, if her social media mentions are any indication. She did an interview last week in which she encouraged men to watch movies starring women. The comments on that video aren’t exactly great.
A picture from the Charlie’s Angels premiere last week has been flooded with comments from people telling her, in no uncertain terms, exactly why they won’t be seeing her version of Charlie’s Angels.
One person wrote: “This movie is shit and so is Elizabeth Banks and the actors in it. A pile of rotten wet cabbage has more talent than them.” Many people were very mad that Elizabeth dared to bring superhero films into it, like her comment about their being 37 Spider-Mans, and comments she made accusing female-driven superhero films of being successful because the characters are already established in male-driven films. So basically, I think it’s pretty obvious what the plot of the Joker sequel will be.
Elizabeth shouldn’t worry. As she said, she’s got her name four times on a certified flop, and you can get a lot of mileage out of a flop. Just think of how many times her name will show up in future 10 Worst Reboots and Biggest Flops of the Decade lists! But if she really wants to drive up some box office numbers, she should offer a Charlie’s Angels angry viewer promo. Get $5 off your admission price if you promise to tweet something angry about the lady director of the lady spies movie before Kristen Stewart gets in her first on-screen smirk.