Justice League’s Cast is Another Example of Hollywood’s Corrupt Values
With a reputation for underwhelming productions, DC Comics released their most recent project, Justice League, in theaters on November 17, 2017, shortly after Marvel Studios launched Thor: Ragnarok. Sure, this could count as a marketing strategy, but it isn’t the film we should be focusing on here: it’s the people in it that should raise everyone’s brows.
Director Joss Whedon has a notorious reputation in Hollywood for sexist, misogynistic behaviors, and it’s no secret he’s incorporated this into his movies. Take a look at Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). Instead of the plot revolving around the antagonist, Ultron, Whedon seems insistent that the film focuses on the fact that Natasha Romanoff (Scarlet Johansson) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) are fertile yet have a strained relationship, making it almost seem romantic. His goal was to insert a forced heterosexual relationship between two characters that have very little compatibility. These inserted scenes can be compared to Barry Allen (Ezra Miller) intentionally pressing his face into Wonder Woman’s (Gal Gadot) chest. Was it necessary? No. Was it relevant? No. Was it controversial? Very.
Whedon also gained control of the portrayal of the Amazons from Wonder Woman (2017). In Wonder Woman, these warriors are seen clad with fitting armor and battle-ready arms. In Justice League, however, these warriors are reduced to bralettes and barely-there bottoms, allowing their midriffs to be prominently shown. Why is it so important to him that they should look sexy rather than logical?
- A Gal After Hollywood’s Heart?
Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman herself, has previously been labeled as a Zionist. In 2014, Gadot had posted an image of herself and her daughter praying and added a comment about Palestine. She has also overlooked the children, women, and families burning, and prioritizes her Israeli background.
Recently, it has been revealed that Gadot was caught blaming a rape victim for their assault. Publicists have scrambled to tear down the story that the anonymous survivor posted, explicitly expressing that Gadot had interrogated the victim after introducing her into territories where she knew the rape percentile was dangerously high. The rapist was close with Gadot, thus winning her favor and her doubt.
- Games Gone Too Far
Known as Khal Drogo from the outrageously popular HBO show Game of Thrones, Jason Momoa’s name has earned nothing short of a bad reputation. How bad can he be? He’s Hawaiian! Good things come from indigenous people in cinema! Did you see what Taika Waititi did? Not exactly true. While appearing as a guest on a panel in 2011 at Comic-Con, he had embarrassed his cast by saying “[…] As far as sci-fi and fantasy, I love that genre because there are so many things you can do, like rip someone’s tongue out of their throat and get away with it, and rape beautiful women.’’ And he doesn’t seem to stop there. Game of Thrones is trademarked for its extreme ruthlessness and offers its viewers visually graphic scenes created originally in George R.R. Martin’s book series. “Yeah, I’m raping Emilia [Clarke]. I love her, but I’m hurting her and she’s crying. We could have made it longer, but you get the idea. I’m not a rapist. I prefer my women to enjoy sex,” Momoa said as he’d again spoke on the topic of assault within the fantasy series.
- Even the Superheroes Need Saving
Late night television host Stephen Colbert addressed the burning question we’ve all been dying to ask about Ben Affleck: is he accountable for misconduct? Accused of groping a woman, Affleck counters the question by saying that “As men, I think, as we become more aware of this, we need to be really mindful of our behavior and hold ourselves accountable and say, ‘If I was ever part of the problem, I want to change, I want to be a part of the solution.'” Affleck admits that he doesn’t understand the struggle of assault because of his status. “The truth is, I really didn’t. I didn’t understand what it was to be groped, to be harassed, to be interrupted, talked over, paid less, pushed around, belittled, all of the things that women deal with, that for me, as a man, I have the privilege of not having to deal with,” Affleck said. He relies on his white, male privilege to excuse himself from the negative backlash that is thrown at him. Has anyone told him about Terry Crews?
When asked about Supergirl, Affleck just couldn’t hold his tongue, “I think it would create a different dynamic. You following the news at all?” he said. He honestly believed that he was entitled to joke about the sexual assault in Hollywood. Despite the cutthroat looks from castmates, he just couldn’t help himself.
Significant members of the Justice League team are convicted or accused of unfavorable doings, and yet these acts are ignored for the sake of a weak, mediocre superhero film that Rotten Tomatoes rated as a clear splat (40%). But this is clearly nothing new in Hollywood. Those who support the DC Comic franchise, and more importantly, those who are involved within it, chose to remain silent upon these relevant and unspoken issues.