Friday, March 9, 2012

The Visible Picture of Invisible Woman

Sue Storm Richards ( also known as Invisible Woman) is one of my favorite superheroes ever. She's smart and  very crafty. I first knew about her in 2005 with the movie The Fantastic Four. I never knew that invisible under I saw her (played by Jessica Alba) become invisible. I thought that it very cool. Then I got to a get where Sue Storm was on fire for the whole time. I was chuckling the whole time. When the fire was put out by Reed Richards, she was completely naked. Not that it completely shocked me, but it was definitely a surprise. You can see the scene here:

That scene had me think about gender roles and feminism. OK, I'm kidding. But it did get me think about how female superheroes are shown to me. They are usually very beautiful, and if one are not avid comic-book reader, then that will be all that he/she cares about. It may sound assuming, but its true. The first thing that anyone uses to judge anything was by how it looks most time. If they didn't get someone as pretty as Jessica Alba to play the part, then less males would probably have less interest in the movie, which would result in less people seeing the movie. It was a part of who I am, and a part of some people as well. It was not until I actually read about Sue Storm  and her life story that I began to have a true appreciation for her as a super heroine and as a person. If a person can save people when they were basically orphaned, then that's some deserving of very high respect.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with you. Superheroines in movies are always played by attractive actresses, and I don't think that there's any problem with this. At the same time, however, superheroes are played by attractive actors, creating a bigger female fan base for the movie. Iron Man is played by Robert Downey, Jr., Wolverine is played by Hugh Jackman, and Batman is played by Christian Bale in Batman Begins. All of these actors are really good looking, just as Jessica Alba and other actresses who play superheroines are. In a society where so much attention is placed upon looks, it's not really surprising to me that superhero characters are casted to good looking actors and actresses, and I don't think there's anything wrong with it.


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