'Jurassic World' director Colin Trevorrow responds to Joss Whedon's 'sexist' criticism

Whedon branded a preview clip from Trevorrow's dinosaur sequel '70s era sexist'

Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has responded to Joss Whedon's criticism of a preview clip from his dinosaur sequel, which the Avengers director branded "'70s era sexist".

The clip, which debuted in April, features an exchange between Chris Pratt's character Owen Grady, a dinosaur researcher, and Bryce Dallas Howard's character Claire Dearing, the operations manager of the film's Jurassic World theme park. Whedon, known for creating iconic action heroine Buffy Summers, took to Twitter shortly afterwards to share his views on the clip. "I'm too busy wishing this clip wasn't '70s-era sexist," Whedon wrote. "She's a stiff, he's a life-force - really? Still?"

Whedon later apologised for his comments, admitting it was "poor form" to criticise another director's film, but in a new interview Trevorrow has conceded that "I don't totally disagree with him". Continuing, the Jurassic World director went on to explain that taken in isolation, the clip in question could be misleading.

"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," Trevorrow told Bad Taste. "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."

Jurassic World is set to open in cinemas on June 11 in the UK and a day later in the US - nearly 14 years after the last instalment in the series, 2001's Jurassic Park III. The official plot synopsis for the film, conceived as a direct sequel to the original 1993 Jurassic Park movie, teases: "Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor's interest, which backfires horribly."

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