Starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes centers on the infamous tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Riggs, who at that point had hustled his way to notoriety, attempted to prove that female tennis players were inferior to male tennis players. Spoiler alert: Riggs lost. Although Riggs’ loss would be seen as an example of female empowerment in the tennis/sports world, misogyny is a battle that many women still fight today (See: Serena Williams).
Battle of the Sexes hits theaters on September 22nd, 2017.
The electrifying 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became the most watched televised sports event of all time. The match caught the zeitgeist and sparked a global conversation on gender equality, spurring on the feminist movement. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With a supportive husband urging her to fight the Establishment for equal pay, the fiercely private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past. Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis courts and animated the discussions between men and women in bedrooms and boardrooms around the world.