Let’s start at the very end.
Exposing various female body parts is a recurring motif in cinema and science fiction. It’s cheap. But if the movie sucks, how else you attract the guys in cinemas?
Now let me explain how I came to this…
Luc Besson’s new movie is coming out this August. The trailer had some childish cartoon-like effects in Besson’s usual impressively mindless style, and of course there were many details that didn’t make lot of sense, but otherwise it wouldn’t be Luc Besson. The casting choices (Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan) are pure trash, since Delevignge can have only 2 face expressions – dull and very dull. But since she is capable of acting with her eyebrows only, I guess the movie’s main audience – teens – won’t mind (for teens I intend the mental state, not the age, in first place).
But one thing in particular caught my attention. The suits. Space suits. Female space suits. For Delavingne (her photo below). Holy fuck! Why her space suit needs to have such a huge space for boobs? And since when these kind of suits are designed in that way? Was it projected for Christina Hendricks?
Here I’ve collected some examples of big budget sci-fi movies I consider really good – “Pacific Rim“, “Edge of Tomorrow” and “Dredd“. All of them had attractive actresses (with pretty similar body type, by the way). None of them flashed with their boobs to make the movie better.
Note: I am a straight guy, I don’t have anything against casting beautiful women in any kind of movies, nor I want to see nuns and unisex clothes. It’s the the delicacy of the approach that matters. In “Valerian” this detail is a) ridicilously sexist b) makes no sense, since this kind of suit design has no practical use.
But since they can’t do nothing with the fact that Delevingne is very slim (which is absolutely fine!) and Besson already did a sci-fi movie with Johansson, it was decided to add boobs to the suit. That’s just ridiculous design solution. Again, why don’t cast Christina Hendricks then?
Finally, the big question. Especially for the ladies. Is it only me who thinks in that way? Because the suit of Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman, the movie that so many praised for having a female protagonist, suffers from… similar problem. Pardon, it’s basically the same outfit Julia Roberts wore in “Pretty Woman“, just high-tech. But while in the latter it had a certain purpose, why Gadot’s character needs to expose so much? Does it help to protect herself? Bulletproof skin? Hi, Luke Cage? Strangely enough I’ve never seen Batman, Superman or Iron Man exposing legs. Hulk occasionally shows his underwear though. Batman had his erected nipples in the 1997 version.
Note: in case of Wonder Woman, I am talking specifically about the costume as the movie itself – the outlook is a big part of the image and I don’t take it for granted that a female superhero should look like that just because she is a female superhero.