Alicia Vikander steps into the spelunking shoes of famous video game heroine Lara Croft when Tomb Raider opens this weekend. A reboot that’s divorced from the character’s two prior big-screen outings — 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and 2003’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider — The Cradle of Life, both of which starred Angelina Jolie in the role — the film will seek to establish the Oscar winner as a viable action star. Although on the eve of its domestic release, it’s now come under sexist attack, and the Internet is most definitely not letting it slide.
Last weekend, Twitter user “Amazing Atheist Guy” (real name TJ Kirk) posted the following denigrating — and NSFW — comment about Vikander’s physical suitability for the role of the (traditionally buxom) Croft:
Do I have to be the asshole who says her tits are too small for me to see her as Lara Croft? Do I have to be that guy? Do I have to be the one who fucking says it?
Following that ugliness, Philly Voice critic Jerome Maida then included the following passage in his review of the film — which, apparently, has since been deleted from the piece (likely over vocal online objections).
Nonetheless, her Tomb Raider look is hardly out of sync with Lara’s game counterparts, since she very closely resembles the more athletic, and less exaggerated, Croft found in the 2013 reboot series. And regardless, such criticisms — which are in line with the complaints that met Gal Gadot’s casting as Wonder Woman — reek of outright misogynistic body-shaming, and were thus greeted with a heated response from online fans:
Men / critics who are crying after Lara Croft's huge boobs prove two things. One, they have no idea about the new rebooted Tomb Raider series. Two, they need big boobies on screen since they apparently have no access to boobs in real life.
— Skye Blank // k-pop new acc @multiSkye (@theskybandit) March 15, 2018
Tomb Raider blasts into theaters tomorrow, March 16.
Alicia Vikander kisses her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film "The Danish Girl", as she arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California February 29, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Alicia Vikander, winner for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "The Danish Girl", celebrates backstage at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Actress Alicia Vikander arrives at the ninth annual Women In Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party in Los Angeles, California February 26, 2016. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
Alicia Vikander, nominated for Best Supporting Actress in "Danish Girl," wears a yellow Louis Vuitton gown as she arrives at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Actress Alicia Vikander arrives at the 88th Academy Awards nominees luncheon in Beverly Hills, California February 8, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Alicia Vikander accepts the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for her role in "The Danish Girl" at the 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California January 30, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Alicia Vikander accepts the award for Best Supporting Actress for "The Danish Girl" during the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California January 17, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Rising Star Award recipient Alicia Vikander poses at the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala in Palm Springs, California, January 2, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Cast members Alicia Vikander (L) and Eddie Redmayne pose during the premiere of the film "The Danish Girl" in Los Angeles, California November 21, 2015. The film opens in the U.S. on November 27. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian
Cast member Alicia Vikander arrives for the premiere of the film "The Fifth Estate" at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Thornhill (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Eddie Redmayne (L) and Alicia Vikander pose in the Winner's Area at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 16, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Director Joe Wright (C) arrives with cast members Alicia Vikander (L) and Keira Knightley at the premiere of the movie "Anna Karenina" at the Arclight Cinema in Hollywood, California November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Cast member Alicia Vikander poses as she arrives for the screening of the movie "A Royal Affair" at Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin February 16, 2012. Pictured in the background (R) is Berlinale festival director Dieter Kosslick. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (GERMANY - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)