Tessa Thompson, who stars as Valkyrie in the upcoming ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ film, is calling out screenwriters for being lazy when it comes to characterizing female action heroes.
“There’s an unfair position that women are sometimes put in, in the context of superhero movies and action movies where at once they have to be very strong and fierce, but also sexy,” she told the Los Angeles Times.
Valkyrie’s costume has been updated for the new movie, replacing the black leotard and cone bra with a silver suit of armor, but Thompson said there’s more work to be done for women in superhero films.
“There’s one word I hate in all scripts in Hollywood at the moment in describing women, and that is the word ‘bada–.’ That word has just crept into every script that is pushed around this town now. It’s terrible, because it doesn’t mean anything,” she told the Times.
“It’s a dumb male writer’s way of saying, ‘Ah, uh, she’s like, she, uh, she’s tough.’ Then straight after that it’s like, ‘She’s bada–, but she’s got a beauty about her. And she’s sexy. Unconsciously sexy.’”
While men still dominate action movies, the summer blockbuster “Wonder Woman” has altered the assumptions about superheroes after becoming the highest-grossing live-action film ever directed by a woman.
What do you think? Does she have a point?