Since the first clips started surfacing for the upcoming dino-action flick Jurassic World, it has looked like fan-favorite Chris Pratt was the hero.
Trailers and features show him as one of the few characters with a lick of sense when it comes to giant, genetically modified dinosaurs breaking loose, hunting with trained velociraptors and generally being a badass in a strangely corporate world. The main female character, Claire, appears to be his opposite; a straight-laced businesswoman in a white skirt-suit-thing, who cares more about numbers and PR than safety.
I wonder why [Universal] 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. There’s no need for a female character that does things like a male character, that’s not what makes interesting female characters in my view. Bryce and I have talked a lot about these concepts and aspects of her character.
Nothing like a marauding lizard-of-death (ok, I know they aren't technically lizards) to really develop a character!
We saw a few glimpses of this other side of Claire in a couple of the most recent TV spots (watch the full clips here), as she drives with a raptor on her lap, does a fair amount of yelling, and most impressively of all, seems to be facing down a dino with a flare!
Trevorrow's comments were in response to criticism by Joss Whedon (on his now defunk twitter account), claiming that the trailer made the movie appear sexist and out of date.
I’m too busy wishing this clip wasn’t 70’s era sexist. She’s a stiff, he’s a life-force – really? Still?
The Jurassic World director went on to discuss his admiration for Whedon, and how difficult it is to create marketing that shows characters in their best light without giving away too much of the film.
Marketing for a film is tricky because you release stuff without context. Of course there was a part of me being such a fan of him that was like, ‘Nooooo!’ Especially because when you see the movie it’s not at all like that.
Trevorrow's comments make me even more excited for the newest installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, and I can't wait to see Claire develop from the focus-group-focused manager into a badass dino-fighter. I'm also really looking forward to seeing a main protagonist that will presumably balance out Chris Pratt and his all-action trainer.
It sounds like this could be another surprisingly feminist film, and I cannot wait to see it.
Jurassic World hits theaters June 12th