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 NewsJamie 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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