Cara Delevingne Says Superhero Movies Are "Totally Sexist"
By Katey Rich
She's playing a superhero movie villain soon, so this is very in-character.
Watch out, Wonder Woman. Your stand-alone movie may not have even started yet, but there’s already a villain on your tail.
Cara Delevingne, who will be part of the motley crew of DC Comics baddies in next year's Suicide Squad, is the latest person to speak out about the sexism rampant in comic-book movies. But in speaking to Empire (via The Hollywood Reporter), she singled out Amazonian Wonder Woman specifically for her implausible crime-fighting attire. Talking about how the women in Suicide Squad have "the best roles," Delevingne went on to argue, "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."
In case you need a reminder, this is what the new Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot, will be wearing when she makes her debut in next year's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
And here's what Delevingne, and the rest of her Suicide Squad crew, will look like. (She’s third from the left, with long black hair and a million-yard glare)
It's worth noting that Delevingne's Enchantress and Gadot's Wonder Woman are part of the same superhero universe, and more than likely will wind up sharing screen time if DC’s plans to establish a Marvel-style series of interconnected films work out. So Delevingne's shots across the bow about Wonder Woman's choice of crime-fighting uniform could just be the very, very early start of viral marketing for Justice League v. Suicide Squad: Dawn of Wonder, or whatever they'll call the crossover blockbuster.
But as excited as we are to meet this new Wonder Woman and finally get the female superhero movie we’ve been waiting for, it’s also great to see Delevingne speak a little bit of truth to power. Tight leather bustiers and knee-high boots really don’t seem like the best clothes for kicking ass, and from the moment the new Wonder Woman costume was revealed last summer at Comic-Con, plenty of fans have wondered if Batman v. Superman director Zack Snyder, he of Sucker Punch, would present a female superhero who lived up to our expectations. Clothes don’t make the heroine, and Delevingne knows that, too. But if even fellow DC Comics stars are starting to ask questions, maybe our heroines really can start getting clothes that are as spectacular — and practical — as the men's.
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