When featuring similar characters across multiple cinematic universes, discrepancies can occur. One such discrepancy that has presented itself recently is the depiction of the bad ass Amazon warriors from Patty Jenkins’ ‘Wonder Woman’ to Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League.’ Snyder’s vast change in the appearance of these women is leaving many fans questioning his motives.
While fans may be a tad outraged about the change, an actress from the movie, Samantha Jo, shared a much different opinion and explained the rationale of Snyder in a lengthy Twitter post. She said:
“I think it’s important to remember that the fighting style of the Amazons is quite different than that of a Knight, a Samurai, a Kryptonian, etc. We’ve been able to see that the Amazonian fighting is a little more acrobatic and larger than life requiring armor that allows for that kind of articulation in the body. I was overjoyed with the mobility I had and NEEDED to complete the moves asked of me.”
It is and I agree 🙁 This isn’t a 140 character response, but for those interested- here are my thoughts. pic.twitter.com/h44CwS9R7x
— Samantha Jo (@SamWJo) November 14, 2017
Given Snyder’s, um, interpretation of female characters in some of his films, it’s understandable how fans could draw the conclusion of objectification when the costumes are compared side-by-side (looking at you, ‘SuckerPunch’), but, based on Jo’s comment, we may be way off base.
Jo isn’t the only actress defending the costumes, as fellow Amazon Brooke Ence said in a recent interview that, “the girls on set, we never thought of (the new costumes) as a sexy version. It felt a little more glamorous, if anything, because we had bigger, beautiful hair, which I loved.” She continued, saying”
“I’m an athlete first, right? (Usually) I can’t wear anything without someone commenting about my (muscular) body. So for me, it was actually really cool to be able to show it and not immediately feel masculine, but still very feminine.”
Ence also addressed a complaint about the ‘Justice League’ outfits not featuring armor on the stomach. She said:
“We are super-powerful women and maybe no one’s getting that close. Maybe no one has a chance to get that close to hurt us.”
I’ll admit, the statements from these ladies does help clear things up. Following the success of ‘Wonder Woman,’ fans would hate to see the girl power movement take a step back. But hopefully, this costume change will be a step in the right direction!
Find out for yourself and see these ensembles in action when ‘Justice League’ hits theaters on November 17.