Megan Fox Thinks ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Is Seriously Missing Something

Premiere Of Paramount Pictures' "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" - Red Carpet

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’

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We have no doubt that “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” is going to have some awesome women in it. Joss Whedon is known for his complex and well-developed female characters, and he’s said that the “Avengers” sequel will have some big roles for women. “There are four prominent female roles in the center of the movie and I think a more balanced presence throughout the movie, but the guys are all there and there is more of them, too,” Whedon said. “Hopefully it will satisfy everybody. I’m not trying to fill an agenda, but I’m interested in men and women, I’m interested in grown-ups who act like children, and dress like clowns, and punch each other.”

+ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

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The “Avengers” sequel isn’t the only Marvel movie to have great roles for women. In fact, Marvel’s pretty good at creating dynamic female roles, and “Guardians of the Galaxy” will be no different. Zoe Saldana talked about her character Gamora’s strength in the movie. “I think her strength comes from wanting to protect herself, from keeping her guard up,” Saldana told Badass Digest. “There’s a vulnerability about Gamora that makes her strong, in my eyes. She had a sense of justice because she’s seen so many wrong things being done to creatures all around the galaxy and on her own planet and she just wants it over. She’s willing to die to not have to fight anymore. I saw that as a vulnerability that made her very fragile to me.”


+ The ‘Hunger Games’ Movies

Photo: (Entertainment Weekly)

Photo: (Entertainment Weekly)

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

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Evangeline Lilly’s character in “The Hobbit” franchise, Tauriel, is definitely a “strong female character,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean trying to be one of the guys. “There’s been this pendulum swing, which I don’t especially approve of, where women went from being the helpless heroine to trying to pretend to be men. How is that gender equality? ‘We want to be like you!’ That’s actually pathetic. So, when I play ‘strong’ females, and particularly with Tauriel, it was my mission to represent true female strength. I believe our strength comes from our compassion, our selflessness, our instincts to help, to protect, to put others first,” she said.  “I was super proud not to be in there as a ‘kickass’ woman and say, ‘Look what I can do, I can slay and kill,’ but say, ‘Look what I can do, I can protect, have compassion, I can care and be gentle. ”

+ ‘Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice’

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Wonder Woman is pretty much the epitome of the powerful female character, so Batman V. Superman will definitely have a woman in a lot of the action. The first picture of Wonder Woman in her new modern costume was just released and it looks like Wonder Woman is ready for a fight.

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