I am all for diversity, whether we’re talking about movies or just about anything else (especially policing, which is another discussion) but I get a bit tired of the people that have the ability to make a difference, and don’t, complaining about its absence.
For instance, David Goyer, the writer of screenplays for Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Night Rises, recently said in a recent interview that he wished that Hollywood would hire more women and people of color.
Seriously? The problem with that is that statement is that people like David Goyer ARE Hollywood. Keep in mind that this is the same guy that recently created DaVinci’s Demons, a series loosely based on the life of Renaissance man Leonardo DaVinci.
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t seen the series, but if that’s how he feels, why not hire–I don’t know–women and people of color to direct (it’s entirely possible he’s done just that, but if that were the case for some reason I suspect that he wouldn’t be quite so reticent about discussing it) as well as work on the crew?
I also have no idea about how Kurt Sutter (the creator of Sons of Anarchy and The Bastard Executioner) feels about such things, but considering that Paris Barclay directed more episodes of Anarchy than any other director (and who happens to be black) I get the feeling that his track record on such things is probably pretty good–which isn’t to imply any sort of perfection. Women and people of color and do any task that a movie requires.
Back to Goyer. Looking at the credits for DaVinci’s Demons, there appears to be no female directors or–if the names are any indication, since pictures don’t accompany every IMDB entry–directors of color. As far as the show’s writing staff goes, things are a slightly better for women, with six out of twenty being female.
David Goyer apparently cares about diversity, and making use of the talents and the perspectives that only women and people of color can provide.
And that’s admirable, though the next step is to actually hire them, which is where ‘diversity’ really comes into play.