I saw this on twitter and thought it relevant to your blog.
There’s so much in this casting call that we’ve talked about indirectly before:
- Casting so that women are, at most, as big as the smallest men
- The strange belief that fictional characters and actresses cast by executives get to decide the costuming (also here)
- The assumption that sexy men are in a movie means everything is automatically fine and equal (also here)
- The generic female character production line and how it carries on into merchandise and costumes.
And this was a movie where I was kind of kind of excited about because it had Gamora in it!
It’s one of those cases that disappoints, but doesn’t surprise me. Especially since with the first movie, not unlike with Avengers, they reduced female team member count to one, despite there being more women in the comics.
And we should be always pointing that out, for as long as it remains the status quo.
Major studios hire casting teams to generate calls like this and then carefully curate everyone who gets to be in front of a camera. Sometimes this is for specific effects (making 5′9″ Lucy Lawless look like a towering glamazon) but more often it’s just to re-enforce harmful ideals and perceptions.