The legendary female warriors from "Wonder Woman" get a makeover in "Justice League," and some people aren't happy about it.
Wonder Woman and the Amazonian warriors of Themyscira are back in Zack Snyder's "Justice League" movie -- and because this is about feminism and superheroes, we've already got a big internet fight on our hands.
Fans of "Wonder Woman" got up in arms this week when behind-the-scenes shots from "Justice League" showed some of the Amazons wearing much skimpier outfits than they did in the first movie. The photographs went viral, spreading the idea that Snyder had taken these badass warrior queens and turned them into eye candy.
"Hey men, would you wear this to a fight?" actress Jessica Chastain tweeted. "Hint: don't expose your vital organs. Ugh, I miss ['Wonder Woman' director] Patty Jenkins."
Brooke Ence plays the Amazon warrior Penthesilea in Wonder Woman (left) and Justice League (right).— Thal (@thalestral) November 13, 2017
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 😑 pic.twitter.com/YtOH9oRcCT
Here is a fantastic example of the difference between the male and female gaze.— Melissa Silverstein (@melsil) November 12, 2017
Patty Jenkins' Amazon warriors on the left. Zack Snyder's on the right. pic.twitter.com/fRDkV8dFLe
Okay, when I glanced at these pics, I absolutely thought the leather bikini one was from the 80s. Like extras on Xena or something. IT'S FROM THE CURRENT JUSTICE LEAGUE MOVIE?????? WTF dudes? And I do mean dudes. #DoBetter #ForRealhttps://t.co/U4c63QVZnM— Julie Ann Emery (@julieannemery) November 14, 2017
However, fans of Zack Snyder (and critics of feminist arguments in general) have been quick to point out that the "Justice League" Amazons are pictured in full armor in other scenes from the film, and the skimpier outfits might be from a more primitive era in the Amazons' history.
Meanwhile, the Amazons from "Wonder Woman" occasionally wore midriff-baring outfits and no-one seemed to mind.
There’s a controversy brewing about the Amazons in #JusticeLeague based on a Zack Snyder BTS shot of them not in their armor.— Jeremy Conrad (@ManaByte) November 13, 2017
In the actual movie, the modern day Amazons wear the same armor they did in #WonderWoman pic.twitter.com/9IW9SzAono
Here's Zack Snyder's Amazons in Justice League in present day. Do your research pic.twitter.com/84msSyighv— Josh (@_VintageReality) November 13, 2017
This argument was reinforced when Brooke Ence, a Crossfit champion who played an Amazon warrior in both "Wonder Woman" and "Justice League," told USA Today that her skimpier outfit "didn't bother me at all."
The actress pointed out that not every Amazon wore a two-piece outfit in "Justice League," and "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 added, "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."
Before Snyder fans could get too far into their victory lap, however, the opposing side argued that this was less about sex appeal and more about functional, authentic-looking battle armor.
it doesnt make any sense for the amazons to have their bellies exposed during fighting, thats literally the easiest way to get killed whoever designed their JL suits is crazy— gabi (@harleivy) November 12, 2017
Guys keep defending Zack Snyder’s Justice League Amazon costumes by pointing out he made “300,” which reminds me that he also has no idea how male armor works pic.twitter.com/4Y9XSBio8R— Jeff Yang (@originalspin) November 13, 2017
The second picture is Amazons in *training gear* from this scene:https://t.co/VDTu5LmezY— Jeff Yang (@originalspin) November 13, 2017
Wearing that into battle would be like playing football in warmup sweats
While the Amazons did occasionally wear midriff-baring outfits in "Wonder Woman," it was mostly in scenes when they were training or just hanging out in Themyscira, not riding into battle against soldiers with guns. Their outfits also looked reasonably comfortable and kept their hair out of their faces, while some of the "more glamorous" promo shots from "Justice League" feature sculpted boobs, smaller skirts and loose, heavily-styled hair.
Either way, we won't really know how well the Amazons are portrayed in "Justice League" until we watch the movie this weekend -- though at this rate, some people might end up skipping it and waiting for Patty Jenkins' "Wonder Woman" sequel instead.