Lilly Wachowski, one of the two directors and creators of The Matrix trilogy, has caused controversy by speaking openly about trans identity and its relation to the franchise. The Matrix (87%) represented a milestone in cinema for its complexity and cinematographic innovations, which have influenced subsequent productions. Over the years, the franchise has gathered a following who’ve presented their theories and concerns to the Wachowski sisters. In a recent interview, Lilly spoke about the hypothesis that The Matrix is a trans allegory. She believes that “there is just a bubbling transsexuality simmering underneath it all.”
While there are similarities between the plot lines and the trans experience, Lilly explains that it wasn’t part of the creative development of the story. She admits that some precepts may have been introduced during the writing of history since the authors’ experience with their work always goes hand in hand. Nonetheless, the filmmakers’ intention was to create an action story, and the success of the first Matrix movie led to two subsequent sequels.
Although the franchise impressed viewers with its special effects, it also presented philosophical rebuttals and embodied an antagonistic world where a hero seeks to rise against it, transforming reality with only one decision. However, attempts to include a character in the franchise who undergoes a male-to-female transformation were not well received. Matrix Resurrections (65%) did not have the participation of Lilly but did feature Lana Wachowski, who directed and wrote this fourth instalment.
It’s worth noting that The Matrix’s success has touched on various topics, with trans identity being one of them. The Wachowski sisters’ vision created a cinematic masterpiece that continues to inspire new generations. While The Matrix may not have been intended as a trans allegory, it still resonates with the queer community because of its underlying themes and complexities. So, it’s only fair that we celebrate trans representation in mainstream movies and keep exploring its relevance in popular culture.