The #DCEU made one hell of a comeback with one of the biggest blockbusters to ever hit the big screen, Wonder Woman. The origin movie for Diana of Themyscira (Gal Gadot) broke all sorts of box office records and quickly became a favorite among audiences and critics — but not everyone was convinced, including a former Batgirl.
Alicia Silverstone, best known for her roles in Clueless and Batman & Robin, had a very surprising reaction when asked about her thoughts on Wonder Woman.
Alicia Silverstone Doesn't Get The Wonder In 'Wonder Woman'
During an interview with Variety, #AliciaSilverstone revealed that she was unimpressed by the Gal Gadot movie, explaining that there were other (and better) films that empowered female moviegoers before Diana came to the big screen — including her own breakout movie, Clueless:
"Before Wonder Woman.. there have been many movies with female leads. So I get a little confused... I think about ‘But what about all those wonderful comedians who are females who have had massive hits, 'Bridesmaids,' there’s a movie out right now that’s tons of girls ['Rough Night'], and I’m sure it’s killing it, right? I don’t know. I just feel like over the years, there was 'Mean Girls,' there was 'Clueless,' over the time we have had so many movies that have been female-driven."
Silverstone elaborated on this with an air of resignation, admitting that Wonder Woman is what audiences want, even if it's not for her (or her kid):
"I do think the audiences will go where they see something – it’s difficult. It has to be 'Wonder Woman,' it has to have tons of flash, right? As a mom, I don’t want my kid to see all that loud effects, all the stuff that is like ‘stimulate, stimulate.’ But that’s what audiences want."
Silverstone compared the Patty Jenkins-directed blockbuster to her own new TV show, #AmericanWoman. Slated for a 2018 release on Spike, American Woman tells the story of a single mother trying to raise her two children during the '70s, a decade when feminism made great strides. According to Silverstone, American Woman tackles themes of women overcoming an oppressive patriarchal system in ways that Wonder Woman could only dream of. For the actress, American Woman is more relatable and realistic than the latest tentpole superhero movie.
While Silverstone does have a point about how there have been plenty of films with strong female leads in the past, it seems like she missed the significance of Wonder Woman, dismissing it as just another bombastic and hollow superhero feature. But given her negative experience with the genre, her disdain for cinematic superheroes is perhaps somewhat understandable.
Ever since Batman & Robin became one of the most hated movies ever made, Silverstone has been distancing herself from blockbuster filmmaking in general, pursuing a successful career in Broadway instead. Her feelings towards the genre — and her recent statements about Wonder Woman, though — seemingly contradict her desire to reprise the role of Batgirl.
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