Green Lantern is a science Fiction movie directed by Martin Campbell. This movie is about a police force called Green Lantern Intergalactic Corps that uses green rings which feeds on their willpower and has a mission to protect the universe from evil. The main Character, Hal Jordan played by Ryan Reynolds is chosen by the ring and protects his planet from Parallax. His childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris played by Blake Lively supports him throughout the movie. Dr. Amanda Waller played by Angela Bassett appears a few times and brings Hector Hammond played by Peter Sarsgaard to perform an autopsy on Abin Sur’s body played by Temuera Morrison.
The first female character shown in the movie doesn’t have a name and is obviously either a sex worker or a ‘one night stander’. She appears in the movie once and does not even speak at all in the movie. The first impression this movie gives is that women are inferior to men. The director of the movie, Martin Campbell portrayed women in a very despicable manner silencing them and not giving them a voice. The main character does not regard or care about her and leaves a speechless young lady completely surprised in his bed.
The first thing the second female character, Carol Ferris, says is “I think you’re late”. She shows masculinity, authority and maturity on Hal and this is shown again later when she says “you’re grounded”. Unlike the first speechless female character, Carol has a voice and is using it to show authority on a man.
According to Jacquie Piasta, a feminism examiner, Green Lantern fails the Bechdel test because in the movie there are not two women talking to each other. There is at least two women having names in the movie but since they don’t even know each other, they cannot talk about something else than men, in fact they cannot even talk to each other. The feminism examiner adds, “Green lantern fails more than just the Bechdel test”. (Piasta, 2011). She calls the hero of the movie an asshole and a man-child. She thinks that Martin Campbell insults the intelligence of the public by saying that green is will and yellow is fear.
Apart from Carol Ferris, Dr. Amanda Waller also shows authority. She gives a strong performance but does not appear on screen for a long time.
Around the 90th minute in the movie, we can see that Carol is held hostage to weaken Hal as he accomplishes his duty. The female role here is to weaken the male and the male role is to save the powerless female character. This interprets how Martin Campbell shows patriarchy in his movie. Patriarchy is system that privileges men and gives them more power by promoting traditional gender roles. Hal Jordan shows the traditional gender roles because he is rational, protective and strong. Carol Ferris shows the traditional gender roles because she is emotional and weak. Her emotions were shown when she cried not just once but twice whereas no male character cries in the movie and her weakness appears when she is captured and held hostage...