At a WonderCon panel over the weekend, Hanna director Joe Wright spoke on how the thriller's unlikely heroine is the antithesis of other sexed-up action heroines (alluding specifically to Sucker Punch).
"The place of young women in society, and the continued sexual objectification of women — I find that whole culture terrifying and kind of disgusting really . . . I probably shouldn't say this, but I look at posters for recent films with girls kicking ass; there's one out at the moment, in bikinis and crop tops, and this is supposedly female empowerment, and that's bullsh*t. Female empowerment is not about sex; that's the point of female empowerment. It's about brains. So I was very keen to look at those issues with this movie, and Hanna exists outside of that."