Back in April, Universal released a clip of Jurassic World and it’s safe to say Joss Whedon wasn’t impressed.
The Avengers director and creator of some of our favourite TV shows had this to say on Twitter at the time:
“I’m too busy wishing this clip wasn’t 70’s era sexist. She’s a stiff, he’s a life-force – really? Still?”
Considering the Twitter backlash over Black Widow’s supposed relegation to damsel in distress in Age of Ultron that prompted Whedon to delete his Twitter account, it’s perhaps rather ironic. Certainly it’s 102 characters Joss wishes he hadn’t typed, admitting his regret to Variety recently. Trevorrow, however, has been rather philosophical about the whole thing:
“I wasn’t bothered by what he said about the movie and, to be honest, I don’t totally disagree with him. I wonder why [the studio] chose a clip like that, that shows an isolated situation within a movie that has an internal logic. That starts with characters that are almost archetypes, stereotypes that are deconstructed as the story progresses. The real protagonist of the movie is Claire and we embrace her femininity in the story’s progression.”
Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard has supported both directors in a recent interview with Huffington Post, while Trevorrow spoke of the backlash over Age of Ultron in a recent interview with Italian site Bad Taste. Rather than take the usual Hollywood route of twisting the knife, he empathised with Whedon’s critique and the Twitter backlash he faced:
“I was upset about people’s reaction to his film. Joss recieved an incredible amount of anger and vitriolic comments and he doesn’t deserve that, because if there is someone who has always paid due respect to the women of his movies that guy is Joss. I think he should be the last person in Hollywood to be accused of sexism and if you’ve seen something like that in his last movie it’s not his fault. We all know that Joss is too kind and polite to rise up and tell people to screw off, so I’ll do it on his behalf”
Folks, I feel a bromance brewing…