Female empowerment in Incredibles 2

The Parrs are a family of superheroes and the sequel sees the mother, Elastigirl, coming to the fore to fight crime while her husband looks after the kids.
The Parrs are a family of superheroes and the sequel sees the mother, Elastigirl, coming to the fore to fight crime while her husband looks after the kids. PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, PIXAR – WALT DISNEY PICTURES
INCREDIBLES 2 WRITER-DIRECTOR BRAD BIRD (with his wife Elizabeth Canney)
INCREDIBLES 2 WRITER-DIRECTOR BRAD BIRD (with his wife Elizabeth Canney)

But Incredibles 2 writer-director Brad Bird says the gender-role reversal in the film was never meant to reflect the current #MeToo movement

With Incredibles 2, writer and director Brad Bird did not set out to make a film for the #MeToo era.

Yet at first glance, the sequel to his Oscar-winning The Incredibles (2004), which opens in Singapore today, might look that way.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 14, 2018, with the headline 'Heroes incredibly apt for the times'. Print Edition | Subscribe