Another day, another controversy brewing over on ole’ Twitter. It all started with this image:
On the left we have the Amazons as depicted in Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman. On the right we have the Amazons from the much-anticipated Justice League, directed by Zack Snyder.
Do you notice a difference? Yeah, so did a heck ton of people on Twitter.
Not only are their midriffs exposed, but they look like they’re wearing beef-jerky bikinis! Are our ladies supposed to go into battle with no protection for their vital organs?!
Even Jessica Chastain joined in:
So you’d think that’d be it, right? Chalk it up to the patriarchy trying to make the bad ass women of the Amazon look a little bit sexier… but that’s not the whole story. A lot of people may have gone off on director Zack Snyder a little prematurely.
Turns out, the photo from Justice League is likely a flashback and thus a depiction of the Amazons from thousands of years ago (when they were still enslaved). Other Twitter users pointed out that even in Jenkins’ film, the Amazons wore fairly revealing costumes while they were in training mode, as evidenced by one of the Amazon’s Instagram post.
#flashbackfriday shooting in Italy with my fellow warriors @brookeence and @harijamespt – The Protectors of Paradise…⚔️ Today – WONDER WOMAN in theaters! 🎥✨#world #premiere #cinema #theater #themiscyra #italy #amazon #warrior #stuntactor #fighter #WONDERWOMAN @wonderwomanfilm @wondervaughn @dccomics @wbpictures @wbpicturesse
Furthermore, it looks like the Justice League warriors are less scantily-clad in battle scenes that take place present day.
The final nail in the controversy coffin came from the Amazons themselves. Brooke Ence, a cross-fit champion who’s played an Amazon in both films, told USA Today, “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.”
And Samantha Jo, who plays the Amazon warrior Euboea, posted a long note to Twitter. She delved into the practical reasons for the costume change writing, “Yes the Wonder Woman costumes might have covered some women up a little more, but at least with my experience… that came with a cost. There was chaffing, scraped, pinched and bruised skin…” Jo continued, “I was personally very happy when [the costume designer] offered up my Justice League costume that made me the most comfortable in my work and confident in my body.”
She also fiercely defended the men behind the camera and the costumes. “I have NEVER felt more empowered than I have on Zack Snyder’s sets.”
Well, there you have it. If the costumes are good enough for the fearsome ladies of the Amazon, they’re good enough for me.
Apart from the costumes, we’re just going to have to wait and see Justice League to really know how the Amazons are portrayed in this male-directed film.