No one can argue that Deadpool hasn’t been everything Ryan Reynolds dreamed of: it’s a blockbuster success, busting all kinds of records, and fans seem to love it. Lady Geek Girl loved it and pointed out how it’s actually a progressive and feminist superhero movie. There are so many things you can say about the movie, but today I want to take a moment to take another look at why it’s such a feminist movie. Too often our movies, particularly super hero or adventure movies, treat women like fragile prizes. Namely, it’s the male hero who gets the beautiful lady, and she rewards him at the end of the plot with sex and/or romance. These movies promote a narrative that says men should aspire to treat women in a particular way, like fragile and virtuous dolls. Deadpool smashes that narrative to bits.
As a huge Deadpool fan I went into the movie hoping for the best, but fearing the worst, and after finally seeing the movie today, all I can say is it was amazing!
Seriously, this might be one of my all-time favorite comic book movies. It not only stayed true to the character, but was much more progressive than I expected.