Have audiences not tire of the many man-childs filling the screen? Shallow with the emotional maturity of 15 year-olds, for whom life seem to revolve around sports, videogames and bongs. The thought that film-makers are only producing characters like these because people are able to identify with them makes me worry too much about our young males that I simply refuse to believe it.
The impressionable beings that they are, boys lap it up and start to believe too that is in everyway possible to be a casual worker in your mid-20s, play video games all day and still nab that 10 who buys coffee from you every morning.
It's pretty easy to identify with something when you set the bar pretty low.
What happened to Atticus Finch? Where are the responsible male characters? Not the ones who gain respect through the barrel of a gun (or guns), but through sheer integrity and strength of character. Men who people can't help rising for as they pass by. Men who deserve to be heroes because they can make a difference in the world while still functioning as normal, socially competent, human beings.
Far from this being a nostalgia for a masochistic past, this is a plea for writers, to please make strong men who are able to stand side-by-side with the strong women of today.
It makes no difference if they're square-jawed or lanky or balding, as long as they stop being the joke, in which the laughing audience, unaware, is more than a part of.