How ‘Black Widow’ Avoids Tired Tropes Between Natasha and Yelena, According to Scarlett Johansson

The hyper-sexualization of women is not a new or foreign concept, especially in Hollywood. However, actresses are speaking up more on the matter and putting their foot down in true superhero fashion since the 2018 #MeToo movement. Most recently, Scarlett Johansson has opened up about the depiction of her character in Marvel’s upcoming film Black […] The post How ‘Black Widow’ Avoids Tired Tropes Between Natasha and Yelena, According to Scarlett Johansson appeared first on /Film.

How ‘Black Widow’ Avoids Tired Tropes Between Natasha and Yelena, According to Scarlett Johansson

The hyper-sexualization of women is not a new or foreign concept, especially in Hollywood. However, actresses are speaking up more on the matter and putting their foot down in true superhero fashion since the 2018 #MeToo movement. Most recently, Scarlett Johansson has opened up about the depiction of her character in Marvel’s upcoming film Black Widow and how she hopes the shift in perception will be a positive change.

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Sisterhood Among Superheros

Yelena (Florence Pugh), Natasha’s sister figure, plays a pivotal role in the evolution of Black Widow’s arc during the film. In an interview with Collider, Johansson mentioned that the initial idea to have the two women competing with each other felt old-fashioned and not a dynamic that audiences wanted to see:

“It’s a relationship that I think is grounded in a shared experience and a knowingness and a sisterhood. With that comes many complicated feelings, of course. Not all good, fuzzy ones, but real grounded ones. It’s a very special relationship. I think it will be very touching for a lot of people. I have a lot of empathy for that relationship and for both of those characters’ history and trauma, and that shared history, as dark as it is, brings them together and there’s a lot of love between them. But, their relationship is also contentious and everything else that comes with that kind of sisterly relationship.”

This kind of interaction can definitely be more appealing and refreshing to female audiences, since competition is so engrained into our daily lives thanks to certain old-fashioned societal norms. To see powerful women on screen collaborate and embrace their differences is always enjoyable since we have been watching the opposite for so long.

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Sexualization of Superheros

If you don’t think sexualization in Hollywood is a problem, just recall back to when the Olsen Twins had an online clock counting down to their 18th birthday. You can also go look at old junket interviews where the press asks actors like Anne Hathway how she fit into her Catwoman suit and how much weight she lost for the film. Even Scarlett Johansson was asked about whether or not she wore undergarments in her Avengers uniform back in 2012.

Granted, that interview was 10 years ago, but this is a tiresome issue women still deal with regularly. A woman’s body and weight is the least interesting thing about them. Instead of focusing on appearances, asking how the costume design plays into the character could be a better question.

In the interview with Collider, Johansson also reflected on being referred to almost like a piece of meat in Iron Man 2. She said:

“…my own self-worth was probably measured against that type of comment or, like a lot of young women, you come into your own and you understand your own self-worth. It’s changing now. Now people, young girls, are getting a much more positive message, but it’s been incredible to be a part of that shift and be able to come out the other side and be a part of that old story, but also progress. Evolve.”

Natasha’s strength and power greatly evolve over time. Johansson added:

“Her power’s in her sexuality, and then that changed over time, right? Her strength was actually her vulnerability. That’s the kind of place that we’re in now and then in Endgame she sacrifices herself out of love. She saves her friend. She saves everyone. And I think that just being in that kind of headspace and being able to make that decision, that selfless act is so incredibly powerful. It’s amazing that she could be in that place to do that.”

Black Widow hits theaters and Disney+ via Premier Access on July 9, 2021.

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Steven Spielberg’s Movie About His Childhood Casts ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Breakout Julia Butters

At only 12 years old, Julia Butters is taking Hollywood by storm. Her resume includes acting roles in popular shows like Transparent and American Housewife, but it was her role as Trudi Fraser in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood that really won audiences over. Now, Steven Spielberg has cast Butters in his latest untitled […] The post Steven Spielberg’s Movie About His Childhood Casts ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Breakout Julia Butters appeared first on /Film.

Steven Spielberg’s Movie About His Childhood Casts ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Breakout Julia Butters

At only 12 years old, Julia Butters is taking Hollywood by storm. Her resume includes acting roles in popular shows like Transparent and American Housewife, but it was her role as Trudi Fraser in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood that really won audiences over. Now, Steven Spielberg has cast Butters in his latest untitled Amblin film for a role that is sweetly inspired by his sister.

Deadline announced that Butters is the latest actor to be cast in Spielberg’s upcoming film that is loosely based on his childhood growing up in Arizona. Gabriel LaBelle (The Predator, iZombie) is cast to play the young filmmaker and Butters will play his sister. Other stars that will complete the fictional Spielberg family include  in a role inspired by his mother, Seth Roganas as the favorite uncle, and as the character inspired by Spielberg’s father. This will be the first time since 2001’s sci-fi drama A.I. that Spielberg will be involved in screenwriting duties, reuniting with seasoned collaborator Tony Kushner (Munich, Lincoln) on the script.

With Kushner on board, it seems like the drama may be more serious than some of the other old-school Spielberg films. However, when one is dealing with a depiction of their life growing up, that can be expected. In the 2017 HBO documentary Spielberg, the director briefly touched on his life growing up in Arizona and how it influenced several of his films. For example, he wrote and directed his first independent film in 1963, a sci-fi adventure called Firelight, which later inspired Close Encounters of The Third Kind. The film was funded by his father and was shown in a local theatre for one evening.

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Growing Up Spielberg

I’m really excited about this film and look forward to learning more about the legendary director’s childhood, even if it’s told through a lens of fiction. It’s a rare talent to be able to appeal to children and adults alike through art, and Spielberg has perfected it. He seems to always bring the best out of his young actors, too. He’s worked with Drew Barrymore, Henry Thomas, and Dakota Fanning, who have all gone on to have successful careers. As difficult as it is to write stories about childhood experiences, it can be even more challenging to work with child actors.

While Spielberg was influenced by directors like Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, and Ingmar Bergman, there is a light-hearted playfulness that captures the free and youthful spirit of being a kid. There’s also the music that accompanies Spielberg films that really brings that magic to life. Long-term collaborator John Williams (Jaws, E.T The Extra-Terrestrial) always hits the right notes to embellish the array of moods in Spielberg films, so I would love to see him on board for this film.

Spielberg’s film will start shooting this summer and is expected to be released sometime in 2022.

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