Charlize Theron Fucks Women, Fucks With Men In “Atomic Blonde” Trailer

Sometime in 2012, at a wrap party to celebrate the end of filming Mad Max: Fury Road, Charlize Theron found a brief moment to herself amid the festivities to indulge in a small, secret smile. Deep inside herself, she knew that this was only the beginning. Did she know that she would, a few years later, go on to star in this movie about a bisexual superspy who kills, just in the space of the trailer, about a dozen men with her hands before making out with a hot French lady spy? Maybe not for sure, but I think she knew she could, and was just waiting for the right opportunity. Now, seven million shares of that one screenshot from Fury Road later, we have this trailer for Atomic Blonde. Here it is! I think we can all take credit for it, in a way.

You, like me, may have questions! Does the comparatively low billing of Sofia Boutella, the hot French lady spy, mean that James McAvoy as spy contact David Percival will be the ultimate love interest instead? Do the filmmakers realize that by casting James McAvoy instead of Tom Hardy, they’ve ruined the opportunity to create infinite intersecting Mad Max spinoff universes, like Tarantino’s without the racism and foot fetish preoccupation? Will the film be able to avoid the minefield of the duplicitous bisexual trope in a spy movie with two queer women in it? How many spy coats does Charlize Theron wear? I look forward to a spirited and rewarding discussion of these issues and others up to and through summer of 2017, when most of us will see this movie come hell or high water.


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50 Comments

  1. 3

    This is progress? The trailer starts with the camera panning slowly up her lace endowed body. She then proceeds to fend off men who are hitting her, and ends up with a soft core porn fling in bed with a woman. Seriously?

  2. 30

    I’m mostly into it? But the trailer is just so male-gaze-y. Hopefully it’ll subvert that a bit in the movie like Mad Max did.

    The trailer reminds me of that Margaret Atwood quote:
    ““Male fantasies, male fantasies, is everything run by male fantasies? Up on a pedestal or down on your knees, it’s all a male fantasy: that you’re strong enough to take what they dish out, or else too weak to do anything about it. Even pretending you aren’t catering to male fantasies is a male fantasy: pretending you’re unseen, pretending you have a life of your own, that you can wash your feet and comb your hair unconscious of the ever-present watcher peering through the keyhole, peering through the keyhole in your own head, if nowhere else. You are a woman with a man inside watching a woman. You are your own voyeur.”

    Like can’t I just watch a lady spy murder men and have sex with another lady spy without thinking about how it is perceived by men? Ugh. Patriarchy getting in the way as usual.

  3. 9

    I’M IN. it seems very gaze-y but I’m in in in.

    “Do the filmmakers realize that by casting James McAvoy instead of Tom Hardy, they’ve ruined the opportunity to create infinite intersecting Mad Max spinoff universes”

    I probs would have peed myself if they had cast Tom Hardy. James McAvoy is a pretty decent second choice though.

  4. 2

    So it’s Alias raw the movie with a gay twist how can u not wanna watch that? Stop being so uprightly righeous and political correct and let a movie be what it is w/o demanding every movie that has a lgbt character to make some kind of revolutionary statement about women on film.

  5. 3

    She should join the organisation from Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood music video. “The Atomic Blonde” would fit right in with “The Crimson Curse” and whatnot, and she wouldn’t have to deal with her greyscale boring bosses. It’s even British.

  6. 1

    I am probably being over skeptical, but the stuff with the French lady being put into the trailer perhaps (or probably and most likely) means…

    1) It’s more of a marketing ploy and being used in the trailer because it’s just easy material to pre-reveal as gives nothing away about the more important aspects of the overall narrative, nor really says much about the deeper depths of the character’s identity and purpose in the film.

    2) There is not much else to put in the trailer (to entice potential film goers) and will be like those types of trailers where all the best bits are contained and the film on complete viewing proves it.

    I’d love to see Charlize play a bisexual, but I have a feeling this bit with the other woman is just part of the spy aspect (to extract info or use in some way for the job) and likely won’t be a personal thing regarding her away from the job. Or, even if there is a genuine same sex attraction, just like most of James Bond’s hookups, they rarely mean much beyond sex and are still more handy for the long term job goal rather than a personal one.

    Maybe I’m underestimating that the twist is that they show Charlize kissing a woman in the trailer (and we presume she’s bi or queer), and we find in the full film viewing that she (and perhaps even the other woman) are both in fact straight and just using each other and perhaps will even try to kill one another. And of course she and McAvoy are romantic leads with each other, even with her action heroine identity. Remember, woman can’t exist on TV without the validation of male characters (romantically or as her saviour, or both) esp if the director is male.

    I would love to be proved wrong, but I doubt we’ll see Charlize Theron fufill anything but the negative stereotypes of a bisexual woman (esp if on the film she isn’t actually one).

    • 3

      You are wrong. The movie has been showned at SXSW and nothing happens sexually with McAvoy. Yes, Theron’s character is bisexual. But this is still a spy movie, so, yes…everybody is trying to screw everybody else.

  7. 2

    For all those people commenting about the male gaze, go see the movie Haywire. It’s not perfect, but it’s about a kick-ass female assassin tearing her way through her betrayers. Very basic, little or no exploitation.
    As for this movie, the action here looks like it was choreographed by the peeps who did John Wick, which is never a bad thing. Can’t wait!

  8. 2

    This is based on a graphic novel called ‘The Coldest City’.

    In that book Lorraine’s love interest is a male French agent so they’ve gender swapped the character for the movie. She also didn’t have a prior relationship with the dead agent, but does in the movie.

    Almost all the action scenes have been added for the movie, in the book there are only two that I recall (one being shown in the trailer where she is fighting the guy with blonde hair).

    The character McAvoy is playing has been changed as well. In the book he is an old-school misogynist and someone who wants to do things by the old tried and true methods. Lorraine is more like a civil servant in the book, not an action hero.

    Don’t read the book if you plan on seeing the movie, you’ll spoil the ending.

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