It's not like I needed another reason to go see this movie, but there it is!
Time has a very interesting article about Nicole Perlman and how she got her start in writing, and especially writing sci-fi. Some choice quotes:
"[Science-fiction movies] are the kinds of movies I enjoy watching, much as I really enjoy history and science," she recalls, "but I was noticing that I was having trouble convincing people, when I was pitching on projects, that I would be capable of doing this. There was a little bit of an attitude of, 'Well, you're a woman, you're not writing romantic comedies, we'll give you the Marie Curie biopic.'"
She pitched one company a project with a sample that they loved, but they told her that even though they appreciated her take on the article they had optioned they weren't sure she could write the more action-heavy parts. "They kept saying, 'This is a guy's movie, you know, it's really a guy's movie.'
(Just in case you weren't sure Hollywood has a problem with a lack of diversity.)
NerdReactor has a fantastic interview with her that's more on topic with Guardians. She talks a little about how she came up with the current line-up of characters, some of the changes made by James Gunn when he came on, and pitching a Black Widow movie:
What made you come up with the current roster that you had? There were other Guardians as well, such as Cosmos, Bug, and Mantis. Was there a reason why you chose these five instead of others?
I had a really nice luxury of time for working on these scripts. I was being paid salary, basically on staff to just develop this project. I had as many drafts as I could do in two years to play with and that was fantastic because I could try different things out. So I had different permutations of the group. For the most part, it was always Gamora, Drax and Groot. Then, we brought in Rocket about halfway through my time there. Of course, Peter Quill was always part of it. I think the reasons I went with those characters are that I liked them the best and also, I felt like five was the right number for a team when you're starting out. I thought they each bring something specific into the project. But yeah, Cosmos does make an appearance but I can't say.
And finally, she shares her ideal superhero with GQ:
"Like Batman, my ideal female superhero's powers are entirely her own, and not a result of being struck by lightning or bitten by a radioactive arachnid. Meta Maven can be tough and feminine at the same time, and is usually the smartest person in the room. She can settle international trade disputes and Catan in the same evening. She can quote every episode of Firefly by heart, win a log-splitting competition, fly light aircraft, re-boot comic book characters into something fresh and edgy, and most importantly, defy stereotypical notions of what kinds of things women are "supposed" to like. She can leap the gender pay gap in a single bound, and prove beyond a doubt that Clark Kent-style horn-rimmed glasses are far sexier than a cape and unitard. Sure she can knife fight and bend her legs behind her head—because Yoga—but her real power to change the world comes in the form of smashing outdated preconceptions. Her alter ego is currently unknown—but she probably sounds like someone you know. Coincidence?"
I like her. I really hope she gets to write many, many more sci-fi movies (and Black Widow!) because she has some pretty interesting ideas, and considering the reviews for Guardians so far I think it's established that she's pretty good.