Bechdel Test Movie List

/bech·del test/ n.
1. It has to have at least two [named] women in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something besides a man

[[1]] Batman: The Killing Joke (2016) [imdb]

This movie passed 1 of 3 tests. It was entered by TJ on 2016-07-27 02:58:30.



TJ said:
It's arguable that there are three named women, Barbara Gordon, Genie and "The Fat Lady". I don't recall any of the escorts/ sex workers being named, although they may talk to each other at one point, it is about the Joker.

Besides failing the test the film is incredibly misogynistic, sticking to the "women in refrigerators" trope faithfully and objectifying the crap out of Batgirl. I understand the source material and the need to follow the story, but they made Batgirl an unlikable, fragile, impulsive plot device.

Message posted on 2016-07-27 02:58:30
Jen said:
The wife's name is Jeannie, but otherwise agree. Of the two named women, they don't even meet (one is a memory), and the call girls only talk to Batman, about Joker. I thought Batgirl was fine as a flawed character trying to keep up with an ideal, though, even if the whole "adult" air of the movie felt weird to me.
Message posted on 2021-05-11 22:38:07

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