In a key scene late in "Battle of the Sexes," the new tennis movie about the landmark Billie Jean King-Bobby Riggs match, an icon is reminded of her power to influence.
"Times change," King, played by Emma Stone, is told by a confidante. "You should know — you just changed them."
The 1973 exhibition, which pitted tennis great King against the 55-year-old champion from an earlier time, certainly was a study in contrasts — the trailblazer and the showman, the chauvinist and the progressive, the old guard and the new world.
How much it altered the face of the game has a more ambiguous answer. Did the highly symbolic, intensely circus-like...