While everyone usually praises Joss Whedon for his wonderful female characters, Chloe Moretz had some bitter words to share on the subject of Black Widow in THE AVENGERS. When asked about the current state of female superheroes, the young Moretz stated:
“It would be great to have one in the Marvel system. It would be great to have more than even Scarlett [Johansson as Black Widow] because Black Widow was still ‘wear the spandex and push your boobs up, this is a man’s world,’” she considered.
“I think what it’ll be is Wonder Woman. I think Wonder Woman is someone that might be able to walk in and do something really cool.
“A lot of the female characters are written that way in the comics, of being submissive, very sexually driven. They’re the kryptonite!
“I think Wonder Woman was one of those characters that really was a strong female character. The closest we’ve gotten to that is Catwoman with Michelle Pfeiffer.”
Now, I hate to be the hipster in the room, but if there are two things in this world that I hate, they’ve gotta be 1) How everyone praises the tits off of Joss Whedon and 2) How his female characters are pretty dumb.
I know. I know. That’s some pretty heinous stuff. But let’s be serious, Black Widow was not a wonderful addition to strong cinematic women. As Chloe describes, Black Widow is plagued by traditional bimbo tropes, which no ammount of badass melee skills can overcome. Joss Whedon, for all the fun movie moments he produces, universally dumbs down his characters for a few cheap laughs, and his women suffer equally.