‘Project Greenlight’ Short Film Illustrates The Argument Against Sexist Superheroine Costumes
Over the past few years, comics fans have been embroiled in a debate over the double standard that applies to superhero costumes. While men's costumes are increasingly depicted as totally functional and conveying strength, women's costumes remain what they've been for decades: skimpy, overtly sexualized, and all too often, anything but what would be practical for the purposes of patrolling the streets and fighting crime.
Filmmaker Luke Patton's short film "Sexy Superhero" faces that debate head-on and makes something really funny out of it.
The "turning the tables" ending resembles the work of the the Tumblr The Hawkeye Initiative, which takes the often-ridiculous, sexy poses in which comics artists draw women and puts men in those poses instead (generally, the man involved is Hawkeye, hence the title).
"Sexy Superhero" is one of 20 finalists in the Project Greenlight competition, in which the winning director earns the honor of helming a feature film.
"Sexy Superhero" was clearly made on a shoestring budget, but it makes a great point about high heels in superhero costumes, doesn't it?