“One thing I was insistent on was making Panthera much taller than Leo. I wanted to show he wasn’t intimidated by a strong woman and break convention on another male domination fantasy. No damsel in distress here.”
Dear Dan Norton: You are awesome.
Dan, you are awesome for that.
Why did you then make Cheetara “the love interest?” If you want to blow up stereotypes, I would have respected that one being left out as well.
Dan Norton is the character designer. He didn’t write the series.
Also the writing team did go out of their way to avoid “girl cartoon character” stereotypes with Cheetara (she’s not the Team Mom, she’s never a damsel in distress, she kicks as much ass as the male characters, and they got rid of the stupid “oh noes my psychic visions make me physically weak!” thing from the original series). I understand that it’s frustrating that almost every female character in EVERY MEDIA EVER has to be a love interest for a male character, but this is one thing that I’m willing to give Thundercats a pass on because a) the creators gave an interview with IGN in which they actually talked about these issues in a thoughtful way, so they’re making a real effort to address sexism in the story, and b) Cheetara is AWESOME and it’s kind of inevitable that any cat with taste would be attracted to her. ;)