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Blade Runner 2049 Director Responds to Criticism of Female Characters

Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve is responding to the critics who were unhappy with how female characters were portrayed in the sequel to Blade Runner.

“I am very sensitive to how I portray women in movies,” Denis told Vanity Fair. “This is my ninth feature film and six of them have women in the lead role. The first Blade Runner was quite rough on the women; something about the film noir aesthetic. But I tried to bring depth to all the characters. For Joi, the holographic character, you see how she evolves. It’s interesting, I think. What is cinema? Cinema is a mirror on society. Blade Runner is not about tomorrow; it’s about today. And I’m sorry, but the world is not kind on women.”

Denis continued, “There’s a sense in American cinema: you want to portray an ideal world. You want to portray a utopia. That’s good—dreams for a better world, to advocate for something better, yes. But if you look at my movies, they are exploring today’s shadows. The first Blade Runner is the biggest dystopian statement of the last half century. I did the follow-up to that, so yes, it’s a dystopian vision of today. Which magnifies all the faults. That’s what I’ll say about that.”

Many critics were very harsh on the movie’s portrayal of women – especially Mackenzie Davis‘ character, who The Guardian described as a “sex worker who is literally used as a puppet.”

'Blade Runner 2049' Prequel Explains Sequel's Connection to Original 'Blade Runner' - Watch Now!

Blade Runner 2049 doesn’t arrive in theaters until October, but fans of the franchise can already get a glimpse at what’s to come right now, thanks to a short series of prequel videos.

Nexus: 2036, an “in-world” clip directed by Luke Scott and centered aroud Jared Leto‘s character, Niander Wallace, premiered on Tuesday (August 29) on Collider.

In the short, Jared‘s character “introduces a new line of ‘perfected’ replicants called the Nexus 9, seeking to get the prohibition on replicants repealed,” which is crucial to the plot of Blade Runner 2049.

This is one of three “in-world” pieces that will debut ahead of Blade Runner 2049, which will help to tie together the events of the first film with the upcoming sequel.

Blade Runner 2049‘s cast also includes Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas.

Watch Nexus: 2036 below!

Ryan Gosling Kicks Off 'Blade Runner 2049' Promo Tour In Spain!

Ryan Gosling is getting an early start on press for his anticipated movie Blade Runner 2049!

The 36-year-old actor was joined by his co-stars Ana de Armas and Sylvia Hoeks, as well as director Denis Villeneuve at a photo call for the flick held at the Arts Hotel on Monday (June 19) in Barcelona, Spain.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ryan Gosling

Here’s a synopsis: Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

Blade Runner 2049 is set to hit theaters on October 6 – Watch the first trailer here!

FYI: Ana is wearing an Osman dress and pants.

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'Blade Runner 2049' Trailer Unites Ryan Gosling & Harrison Ford - Watch Now!

The first trailer for Blade Runner 2049 has just debuted!

Here’s a synopsis: Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

Ana de Armas, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista and Jared Leto also star. Look out for the movie, in theaters on October 6!

'Blade Runner 2049' Posters Feature Stars Harrison Ford & Ryan Gosling

The first posters from Blade Runner 2049 have been revealed!

The movie features Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling, who are also seen on the two new posters for the upcoming movie. Check them out in the gallery below.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ryan Gosling

The new Blade Runner movie is a sequel to the original 1982 film, and will hit theaters on October 6, 2017.

Jared Leto, Dave Bautista, Robin Wright, and more star in the new film. Stay tuned as we anxiously await the new trailer!

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