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'Lego Movie 2' Filmmaker Wants More Badass Females in the Sequel

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As we all know, The Lego Movie is hands down, one of the greatest movies ever made in the history of all time and that is not up for debate, so please don't even try. But that doesn't mean one of the people behind the $400 million blockbuster is satisfied, at least not when it comes to the movie's depiction of women.

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"I'm not sure our movie passes the Bechdel test entirely and I think that it's important," Chris McKay (who worked on The Lego Movie and was recently announced as the sequel's director) told the Daily Mail.

"For us we have a lot of producers that were female who had concerns and we were always constantly saying to ourselves: Are we just a bunch of white guys sitting here making this movie from our own myopic point of view?" he said.

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McKay said the creators were "constantly responding to that question," which is how they ended up making Wyldstyle (the super badass awesome female lead) a better character in the film. "I think it's forcing us to look at how we make a sequel and turn that into something that's more powerful and special," he added. OMG is this guy real? A hit filmmaker is talking about the Bechdel test? A Hollywood producer examining his white male privilege? IS THIS REALLY HAPPENING. ARE WE IN THE MATRIX?

I guess, now more than ever this song is totally relevant:

Image via Lego Movie.

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Are we just a bunch of white guys sitting here making this movie from our own myopic point of view?

Um, yes. It's a film where an average, literally nothing special male character is the lead, and he gets the super awesome girl afterwards just because... well actually there's no explanation. He gets it because he does. And it turns out this is all a game, by a boy, and the frame conflict is between a boy and his father. If Lego really want to emphasise how their toys are not just for boys, they rolled that line of advertising back with the film.