I suppose if superhero movies are your judge of cultural visibility, this looks bad
• New research highlights the lack of female representation across the top 10 highest grossing superhero movies
• Detailed analysis includes screen time, poster billing position and salary splits of featured characters
• 91% of screen time is dominated by male characters
• 77 of 256 named characters are female
Despite many possessing superhuman abilities, the representation of female characters across superhero movies is low, new research has found.
Information from Battle of The Super Sexes features key gender stats from the top ten highest grossing superhero movies across a number of categories, including screen time, the number of directors and producers, named characters, movie poster billing position and more.
The analysis shows how 91% of superhero screen time is dominated by male characters, with men featuring on screen for an average of almost 13 minutes compared to four for women.
Of the 69 superheroes that appear across the ten films, the majority (52%) are male, and of the 256 named characters, 77 are female.
Men make up 75% of the combined 105 main listed producers and there are no female directors. However, despite there being more male superheroes overall, when reviewing each of the film's movie posters actresses' names are positioned higher than actors. (On average, actress's names are featured at position 5.69 compared to men at position 4.72). Follow the link above for an in-depth examination.