Elizabeth Banks, the actress-turned-director, has expressed concern about how her 2019 Charlie’s Angel revival was sold to the public as a picture “only for females,” seemingly ignoring how she herself had a significant role in promoting that narrative.
Elizabeth Banks wrote, directed, produced, and acted in a remake of Charlie’s Angels for the big screen. Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska starred as a new generation of Angels for the Townsend Firm, a private detective agency.
Charlie’s Angels got mediocre reviews upon its initial release and did poorly at the box office, making only $73.3 million worldwide.
Looking back on the Charlie’s Angels reboot, Elizabeth Banks told The New York Times that she wishes the marketing for the film hadn’t pushed the “just for girls” angle.
I wish that the movie had not been presented as just for girls, because I didn’t make it just for girls. There was a disconnect on the marketing side of it for me.
Elizabeth Banks added that she’s proud of the movie. “I loved Kristen Stewart being funny and light,” Banks said. “I loved introducing Ella Balinska to the world. I loved working with Patrick Stewart. It was an incredible experience. It was very stressful, partly because when women do things in Hollywood it becomes this story. There was a story around Charlie’s Angels that I was creating some feminist manifesto. I was just making an action movie.” Banks said that she was “able to direct an action movie, frankly, because it starred women and I’m a female director, and that is the confine right now in Hollywood.“