Cara Delevingne In Her Enchantress Outfit

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“There are only three girls in [Suicide Squad] but in my opinion they have the best roles. Generally though, superhero movies are totally sexist Female superheroes are normally naked or in bikinis. No one would be able to fight like that. Wonder Woman, how the hell does she fight? She would be dead in a minute.” -Delevingne, in a June 2015 interview

Fascinating, Cara. Tell me more about how the DC comic book movie universe  is so much better for women than the Marvel one.

And while you’re at it, can we please have a word with the man who photoshopped your eyes? We need to have his resignation and head on a platter.

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3 thoughts

  1. Black Canary (both iterations) in Arrow had a fighting outfit that was combat clothes, albeit tight. As did Nessa, the daughter of Ras al Ghul. Thea or Speedy ditto. I hadn’t realized how many woman fighters there were on the show until I started writing.
    Fish Mooney in Gotham wore regular though stylish clothes.
    Firefly on Gotham is completely covered. Selena Kyle, the embryonic Catwoman is fully dressed.
    Supergirl is as best they can given the comics.
    The enchantress is terrible
    TV DCU is doing a pretty good job of having its women in appropriate fighting gear.

    Related though below.

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  2. OWatching Supergirl Monday night, I was struck how non-solitary the modern Action heros on TV are. Arrow, Flash, Supergirl all are supported by teams of equals or almost equals without whom they would be ineffective at best.
    I contrast that with the past comics and adaptations which featured the lone hero, the solitary figure set apart by powers, by training, and by The Mission. At most they had a single devoted servant, a Kato, or Alfred, or Sancho Panza. Superman lived in his Fortress of Solitude while the Batman hid in cave.

    Why the change. I think it goes back to Joss Wheden and Buffy. Buffy’s council of watchers was appalled by her team and that so many knew and helped her in her battles. A theme from Buffy that is replicated and developed on Arrow is that the lead gets into trouble through secrets and ignoring the council and help of the support team.
    In the Marvel TV universe AGENTS of SHIELD are a team, dysfunctional and bickering, but still. Agent Carter fights an uphill battle partly because as a woman in 1940s she has trouble finding a team. Even the devoted servant isn’t really hers.

    I’m sure that someone could come up with an analysis about changes in society and gender roles and teams vs solitary heroes. I am just describing what I see.

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  3. If it’s not a calculated move on Kendall Jenner’s side, it’s a move that really is to her convenience. But on the other hand, this isn’t the first time I’ve heard a model complain about how sexual and suggestive modeling asks a person (model) to be. Maybe it really did bother her first and then Kendall Jenner put the icing on the cake and convinced her, when she was already leaning in that direction (to quit modeling)? We may never know for sure.

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