4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Sheena

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Take awful white-savior tropes, add a dull, paint-by-numbers script, hire a whole bunch of terrible actors, and voilà, you’ve got a really awful adaptation of the first woman ever to star in her own comic book, complete with multiple Razzie nominations. (But no “wins,” as that was the same year Bolero was released.) The great superhero movie rewatch suffers through Sheena so you don’t have to! You’re welcome!

An excerpt:

This is a spectacularly offensive film on so many levels. The dark-skinned characters are mostly either portrayed as “primitives,” naïve and victims, or as devious and nasty, with the sole exception of Casey and Fletch’s local assistant, who has very little screen time. The white characters are all noble and upright and true, with the sole exception of Jorgensen, who speaks with a German accent, so we know he’s evil…

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