There was a whole lot of internet hubbub just a few months ago regarding DC’s lack of female leads in their cinematic productions. Adults have been blogging, posting on message boards, often ranting about DC’s apparent non-interest in their female audience. However, one consumer apparently did the smart thing and took her complaint straight to the source. Rowan Hansen, age eleven, took it upon herself to write to DC requesting more female action figures and leading roles in movies and TV series.
While the letter’s wording sounds suspiciously like someone a little older may have helped Rowan with some of her rhetoric (the line which reads, “Marvel comics made a movie about a talking tree and a raccoon awesome…” sounds particularly suspect), and some of her facts aren’t quite as factual as one might like (she mentions that DC doesn’t have a Wonder Woman show, but in fact there was a Wonder Woman TV show at one time–although she isn’t old enough to remember it), her decision to write this letter does highlight an important fact about geek culture and capitalism writ large: voting with money is nice, but usually has slower and more indirect results than a direct request to a producer. Continue reading