A couple of weeks ago one of my friends, Mustapusta, suddenly messaged me on Twitter: “I got bored so I decided to watch Kill la Kill for fun. Now I know why you are so obsessed with it.”
Wonder Woman (2017) has just been released in theatres, and after watching it, I feel kind of vindicated with my obsession for KLK. It’s a very simple formula: Just create a powerful female character, and allow them to kick ass. Let them unleash their superpowers, and let them fight alongside (or against) the men. But you must also make them human and relatable. Let them experience the ups and downs of human emotions, let them experience love, anger, and hate, and just let them be who they are: A hero(ine) who rises up and takes action, and who finds a way to triumph against evil.
To be very clear, I am not a feminist. I don’t consider myself one. I am more of a strong believer of equalism: The idea that everyone, regardless of their age, sex, language, race, or religion, should be treated equally and given equal opportunities. If men like Superman, Batman, Jack Sparrow, Nathan Drake, and Terry Bogard can vanquish evil by beating people up, why can’t the girls do the same?
I admit that I entered the theatre with very low expectations, especially after Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad. It’s so refreshing to finally see a DC movie that gets it totally right. Moral of the story: Don’t let Zack Snyder direct any superhero movies. He was involved as a producer and writer for Wonder Woman, but the director was Patty Jenkins.
This is why I hated Sucker Punch (another film directed by Snyder), which I have blogged about before. It executed the “warrior women” genre in the completely wrong manner, and tried to sexualise the female characters, another big mistake. Yes, most of Kill la Kill’s female cast were fighting half naked in revealing outfits, but so were the men. See what happens when the stakes are equal for everyone? That’s the amazing power of equalism in entertainment.
I’m eagerly awaiting Marvel’s Captain Marvel movie, which will feature another female superhero protagonist. It’s a wondrously good time (no pun intended) to be a fan of comics, videogames, and just pop culture entertainment in general. I wonder (I’m sorry) how long this Golden Age will last.