Did you ever have that thing where you can’t quite tell how you feel about something? Today DCWomenKickingAss, which is a site I love, posted a trailer for the upcoming Justice League: Battle for Metropolis ride at Six Flags Texas and Missouri. What’s awesome about it is that, in the midst of male Justice League members Superman, Batman and Green Lantern, we have female members Wonder Woman and Supergirl.
I love that! Especially with all the debate about why Wonder Woman still doesn’t have her own film. I’m thrilled to see them. However — and I’m saying this knowing that I’m sensitive to this stuff and may be over-reacting — the two female members of the team are shown tied up or captured. To be fair, so is Green Lantern and The Flash. Look. Story is story. Creative decision are personal. So is my reaction. I have no idea what the entire ride is about and it looks like fun from what I can see. So, why does it bother me so much that it isn’t Wonder Woman and Batman saving Superman, Supergirl and Green Lantern? Because it does. Because of the history of women in comics. Because of everything that is happening around Anita Sarkeesian. I hate being over-sensitive, but I think maybe history as well as recent events mean that it’s justified.
I’d love to start a discussion here. What do you guys think? Does it bother you? Would you never have noticed it if I hadn’t pointed it out? Is it a big deal or nothing to worry about? Let me know your thoughts in the comments after you watch the video below. By the way, I still want to go on the ride.
Here is the description: “As you explore the interactive Hall of Justice, you’ll be given special 3D glasses and a working stun gun to help you battle Lex Luthor and The Joker. They’ve hacked into BATMAN’s computer and kidnapped the world’s favorite superheroes, SUPERMAN, BATMAN, WONDER WOMAN, and GREEN LANTERN. Now you must bust into Lex Corp. to rescue them! Board motion-based vehicles for a wild journey through the Metropolis streets, where you’ll meet up with life-sized animatronics.”