There’s a big uproar going on right now over the new costumes the Amazonian warriors are wearing in the new Justice League movie. Some are outraged over the fact that the women will be significantly less covered than they were in Wonder Woman.
Here’s a pic to compare. On the left are the old costumes and on the right is the new look:
In response to this, one fan tweeted: “In case you wonder: Here’s a picture of how the Amazons looked in Wonder Woman…next to pic how they look in Justice League. First designed by Lindy Hemming, second by Michael Wilkinson. Some steps backwards, me thinks.”
Another user shared a side-by-side image and wrote: “Brooke Ence plays the Amazon warrior Penthesilea in Wonder Woman (left) and Justice League (right). First designed by Lindy Hemming, directed by Patty Jenkins Second designed by Michael Wilkinson, directed by Zack Snyder. People are pretending there’s no difference.”
At least, one reasonable person said, “Look, I’m not a fan of skimpy Amazon costumes, but if you’re going to share the Justice League pic, remember these were their training costumes in Wonder Woman.” Fair point, right?
Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t think women should be objectified in film but I do want to say that this feels a little bit like a stretch for a couple reasons. For example, Gerard Butler and company wore even LESS in the movie 300 than the women will wear in in Justice League. Was there a public outcry then?
What about stunt woman, Jessie Graf, who competed on American Ninja Warrior? She wore a very minimal outfit as she worked through the course. Why would she dress this way? Because in order to compete and move freely, you can’t be weighted down by a bunch of long flowing fabric and armor.
Finally, what about Brooke Ence, the actress and fitness personality who is actually portraying an Amazon in Justice League? What does SHE wear to workout? That’s right. She is wearing something similar to the costume she was given for her role in the film. Ence doesn’t look uncomfortable or objectified but she does look ready to kick some ass.
Look, we’ve got a lot of problems to fix within our society and sexism is definitely alive and thriving. I’m not saying I’m a fan of the costumes but if we freak out over everything, we’re not going to get anywhere. I trust these women to make choices based on what’s right for them and, beyond that, I’m going to pick my battles.