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Jessica Chastain weighed in to a Twitter debate yesterday over the new costumes for the Amazonian warrior women in Justice League. The characters represent a race of female goddesses from an island called Themyscira and Wonder Woman is probably the most well-known Amazonian. In the Wonder Woman films the characters wore armour that covered their heart and organs, with long thick boots all to ensure their safety in battles but photos released from the new Justice League film seem to paint a different picture.
The new outfits are more revealing, with more shorter skirts and bralets rather than the full armour we’ve come to expect. Many on Twitter are pointing to ‘the male gaze’ as the new Justice League film is directed by Zack Snyder, with costume design from Michael Wilkinson where the original outfits were designed by Lindy Hemming and directed by Patty Jenkins. Snyder has attracted criticism for often portraying the women in his films in skimpy outfits, so it’s far from his first time toying with controversy.
Brooke Ence plays the Amazon warrior Penthesilea in Wonder Woman (left) and Justice League (right).— Thal (@thalestral) 13 November 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
The same issue has cropped up several times in recent years but usually centred around the video game industry, where female characters are often seen fighting in completely unrealistic tiny bras and pants that don’t offer any protection from enemies. What do you think, is it important that women be portrayed wearing realistic armour or are there bigger issues for us to be worrying about?