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Feb 17 '11

Is it too much to ask that we focus on an actress’ ability to act?

Back a few weeks ago when the casting for Dark Knight Rises was announced there was a troubling them in the coverage and commenting on Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle as Catwoman. Over and over again, the question was asked, “is she sexy enough?” Maddy, Kelly and I addressed the issue of the emphasis on actresses looks on the “3 Chicks” podcast.

And today I am getting equally frustrated by the comments about the new Wonder Woman, Adrianne Palicki. 

Below is just a sampling of some of the comments on the web.

To be fair, there are many who are keeping their comments to a general “she looks like she could play Wonder Woman” which is fine. We all have visions of what we think a character should look like. But despite that there is a enough of these in enough different places for me to be pissed off. Ask your self this - did Henry Clavill get this treatment?

First this

It’s just awful. I don’t care how well she acts. Wonder Woman isn’t a dog

and this

She looks fine with dark hair and I am sure make up will do wonders but her implants are distracting and not in a good way. Isn’t there some scene with her griping about breast size? Oh boy, that’s actually funny.

Lynda Carter, there will never be another like you.

And this from Dlisted

Judging by pics alone, Lynda Carter has more glamour in the tip of her clit than Adrianne has in her whole being. But it’s really impossible to top Lynda’s glamour. Glamour like that only grew in the orchard of Vaseline lenses and pink curlers called the 1970s.

And this from superhero hype


And this from comicvine

I hate to say this so bluntly, but I don’t thnk her face is pretty enough. I think the woman who plays Wonder Woman should be stunning. This actress isn’t.

Maddening isn’t it? And yes I cherry picked some of the worst. But some of the ways actresses are treated differently is more subtle. An example, you ask?

And here’s an how Clavill was treated vs. Palicki. MTV’s Splash page ran a poll when Clavill was cast, here’s the verbiage:

Hollywood has a new Superman, but is he the right man for the cape and tights?

Ever since the new face of DC’s Man of Steel was announced this weekend, everyone’s been talking about whether “Tudors” star Henry Cavill is the right man for the job. Some question whether he’ll make a better Superman than a Clark Kent (or vice versa), while others wonder if a British actor is the right choice for a superhero fighting to preserve “truth, justice, and the American way.”

So, what do you think? Is Cavill the right casting choice for the role? Now’s your chance to let us know.

Now here is the verbiage from their poll for Wonder Woman that was just posted:

By now you’ve probably heard the news: Adrianne Palicki is the new Wonder Woman. The “Friday Night Lights” actress was cast as the lead in NBC’s upcoming “Wonder Woman” television series this week, making her one of the very short list of actresses to play DC’s famous Amazon on the small screen.

But is she right for the role?

She appears to have many of the physical requirements for the character, but the recently revealed "Wonder Woman" casting sheet offers up a few more details about the story requirements for the role. Can you picture her as the “kick-ass superhero / powerful C.E.O. / vulnerable woman” the series calls for? We want to know what you think of the casting!

No discussion of whether Clavill had he “physical requirements for the character.”

It’s not a huge revelation that women are judged on their looks more than men. But things like this just reinforce how sad and disgusting it is.

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    -doesn’t mean that they can’t carry the show on their shoulders. I’m sure Anne and Adrianne can carry their respective...
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  15. ealperin said: For me, honestly, It desn’t matter if she doesn’t look the part. She was great as Kara and equally awesome in other tv shows and films. I give credit to those who casted her. She has talent. Anne Hathaway as well.
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  19. retro-nouveau said: I can’t say much about Adrianne Palicki, never heard of her before. 5’11” makes me happy. I have to admit I’m pretty shallow about looks, because back in the day when I heard that Michael Keaton was going to be Bruce Wayne? I was all ARRRGH NO WAY!
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    This commentary. This commentary so fucking much — do I think Adrianne Palick and Anne Hathaway are hot? Yes, very much...
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  22. antheia said: Oh, hey there, rage coma. Just, wow.
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