Wow, given that I lost interest in Tomb Raider after the 2nd outing, I never thought I’d write a single blog post about Lara Croft, let alone two within a few months of each other. The first one was simply incidental because the game played into my topic, but I had no plan for a repeat Lara Croft cameo. That is, until I saw this article on Kotaku the other day entitled You’ll ‘Want To Protect’ The New, Less Curvy Lara Croft and found myself simply appalled.
Essentially, in the article, Crystal Dynamics executive producer Ron Rosenberg was explaining how the Lara Croft we see in the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot will be different from the Lara Croft we’re accustomed to. As the article states:
In the past, Lara Croft didn’t need protecting. She was a fearless daredevil, a crack shot in short shorts with enough attitude to scare off a pack of bloodthirsty gorillas. But in the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot, things will be different. She hasn’t become that woman yet.
As anyone who has played a Tomb Raider game knows, and as Mr. Rosenberg himself states in the quote above, Lara Croft has always been a very empowered female lead, facing down wolves, bats, crocodiles, thugs and even T-Rexes without batting an eyelash. She’s fearless, tenacious, confident and highly skilled. She’s essentially the female equivalent of Indiana Jones, only with less bullwhip and underage womanizing. Lara Croft has never needed a man on her adventures to protect her or get her out of a jam; if anything it’s the other way around when a male character is involved.