The James Bond franchise’s less-than-progressive portrayals of women, who are often relegated to the role of love interests and femme fatales, have for years led a faction of fans to clamor for a woman (or really, anyone who is not a white man) to take over the part.

LOS ANGELES — Leave it to Pennywise to deliver a much-needed jolt to the domestic box office. Warner Bros. and New Line’s “It: Chapter Two” arrived with $91 million, a promising start to fall after a lackluster summer moviegoing season.

It’s hard to believe that it’s now September. Given that I still have to pause and think before writing “2019” instead of “2018,” this is hardly fair. It feels like the year has barely begun. Instead, we’ve crested the apogee and are barreling straight toward you-know-what.