Jamie Alexander Talks about Wonder Woman and Female Superheroes


Jamie Alexander has some interesting things to say about the state of gender equality in superhero movies in an interview with MTV News. Jamie played the Asgardian warrior Sif in 2011's Thor and reprises the role in the sequel Thor: The Dark World opening on November 8 of this year. One of the biggest complaints I hear about the recent blockbusters like The Avengers is that the female characters tend be portrayed in a way that the male characters aren't. The costumes seem to be a little tighter, more revealing, and basically over-sexualized, and the characters just aren't given the same level of respect.

image (Jamie Alexander at the 2008 Comic Con) source: wikipedia

Now, granted, I think the way female characters are presented in these movies has gotten a little better recently, but Hollywood still has a lot of work to do. Jamie brings up a perfect example of the sexed-up female superhero - the recent, ill-conceived concept by ABC TV for a Wonder Woman series. When asked if she would like to play the iconic Amazon, Jamie told  MTV -
"I used to be [interested], but then I've seen how many failed attempts there have been in making it [Wonder Woman]. It's embarrassing for me as a woman, seeing what they did with that TV show. Let's talk about this for a second. You have very few female superheroes dominating films these days, unless they're in a skin tight outfit and their boobs are pushed up to their chin. It's not okay." - Jamie Alexander via MTV News 
Jamie went on to say that she really wants to see Wonder Woman given the "Bourne treatment", referring to the ultra-successful spy franchise. To that, I say right on! I've thought for years that the Bourne series would be a great template for a superhero movie - lots of action, but done in a smart, sophisticated way. I could  definitely envision that style working for a big-budget Wonder Woman film. After you check out the interview, let me know how you would like to see female superheroes portrayed.


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4 comments:

  1. she is a great choice, i forget that she was in thor... thanks for the post.

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    1. Agreed! Jamie would rock as WW. Thanks for stopping by Jeremy.

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  2. I liked what they did with Dahl (Katee Sackhoff) in Riddick this year. Sackhoff's Starbuck is also a good model. Tough and not hypersexualized. (except of course for the glimpse of Sackhoff's nipple in Riddick). Other names to drop are Sigourney Weaver in the Alien films, Linda Hamilton in T2, and even Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider. Sexy but not all about the sex. But I wonder if women are serious about how men are not sexualized in these films. They are overly buff and super macho. Impossible stereotypes for men to live up to. We don't have it that much easier.

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    1. Hey Greg, great point about the way male superheroes are depicted in these movies. However, I wonder how successful the movies would be if the characters (male and female) were more realistically portrayed.

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