With the rising buzz about female superheroes, let’s praise the plain old Hollywood heroics of Reese Witherspoon
, who’s being honored Oct. 30 by the American Cinematheque. The brainy blonde was ahead of the gender equality curve, founding her own movie company, Pacific Standard
, and developing female-driven projects with partner Bruna Papandrea
. Given the New Orleans native’s Type-a personality, it’s no surprise that her company’s first two films, “Wild
” (in which she starred) and “Gone Girl
,” earned three Oscar nominations — with Witherspoon nabbing one for actress.
With these two films, Witherspoon, an avid reader, solidified the bridge between chick lit and chick films that had already been established by Ya super-hits “The Twilight Saga” and “The Hunger Games
.” And, like the heroines in these post-feminist movies, Witherspoon wasn’t going to go all damsel-in-distress: if there weren’t enough challenging female roles, she would build them herself.