By Robin Lempel
Megan Fox recently opened up about how her new “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie dropped a lot of the girl power that could have been in it. “[My character April] is an ambitious journalist that’s not making it the way that she wants to because people underestimate her,” Fox told HitFix. “I couldn’t possibly relate to that.” Sarcasm alert!
Despite a more “modern” April O’Neil, who’s “a little angsty — not darker — but a little less happy-go-lucky super-sweet damsel-in-distress. Slightly grittier,” April will unfortunately not be getting in on as much of the action as Fox would have liked. “A lot of girl power ended up on the cutting room floor, unfortunately. I had a really awesome scene where I was fighting The Foot Clan, but I think they were like, ‘Why would a tiny journalist be able to kick so much ass?’” she said. “So that got cut. But I have a moment — Shredder and I have a moment. Maybe it’s badass — you tell me when you see it.”
This isn’t the first time that Michael Bay — who produced “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” — and his films have been criticized for the female characters. “[There’s a] widely held notion that Bay’s idea of on-screen feminine beauty is rooted in a horny and drooling adolescence. When it comes to his leading ladies, Bay’s films are far more likely than not to accentuate tight bodies and full lips in ways that just scream objectification,” Asawin Suesbsaeng from Mother Jones reported.
In fact, this isn’t even the first time he and Fox have had a conflict about it. She reportedly had problems with Bay’s negative and overly sexualized portrayals of women in the “Transformers” movies. The two then had a notorious feud when Fox left the franchise after she called Bay “Hitler,” but they smoothed things over when Fox was hired for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
That said, actress Nicola Peltz, who starred in “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” had nothing but nice things to say about her “Transformers” experience. “I think [Bay] shoots women really beautifully,” she told Elle. “Honestly, I think he’s a genius at what he does.”
We’ll have to see how April really does turn out in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” But if you’re looking for similar movies with complex female characters, they are out there! Here are five movies that show that women can have a place in the action.
+ ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’
+ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’
+ The ‘Hunger Games’ Movies
By now we all know what a complicated and resilient character Katniss Everdeen from “The Hunger Games” is. It’s the reason people looked up to her and why she became the Mockingjay. “She’s a warrior,” Jennifer Lawrence has said. “She’s this hero that doesn’t mean to be a hero. She’s a symbol of revolt, and freedom, and hope … a futuristic Joan of Arc.”
+ ‘The Hobbit’ Movies
+ ‘Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice’
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