Wonder Woman opens this Friday and reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. The first big screen adaptation of the titular character is currently the most anticipated film of the summer beating out Spider-Man: Homecoming and the recently released Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
The film itself has had its share of controversy with male outcry concerning female only screenings (grow up, gentlemen) to the literal dark cloud that the #DCEU seems to have built around its franchises. Spinning out of BvS, Wonder Woman will be a prequel to DC's cinematic landscape. Set in WWI, the Amazonian princess will battle enemy soldiers, Dr. Poison, and even the god of war himself, Ares. It comes as no surprise that Wonder Woman has to fight outside the theaters as well as on the big screen, but some younger fans may have turned the tide on even the coldest heart.
It's no secret that the superhero genre is a "boys club." Most female superheroes are either spawned from their male counterparts or started out as villains and became heroes. She-Hulk was spawned from her raging cousin after a blood transfusion. Batgirl was a librarian who had a crush on Batman. Catwoman started out as a straight-up villain but has evolved into an antihero.
Wonder Woman herself was sort of inspired by male heroes. Her creator, William Moulton Marston was hired at Detective Comics on an advisory board and immediately noticed that the place was a sausage factory. For lack of a better term, and lack of female heroes, it needed a feminine touch. Marston created Wonder Woman, basing her on Greek mythology for the specific reason that females were kept in chains by men. The undertones of this premise reflected the women of the time — they were a strong and proud gender and were on the rise. Marston was quoted as saying that:
"Wonder Woman would be a great movement now under way—the growth in the power of women.”
Unfortunately, oppression came swift in the form of the National Organization for Decent Literature, who black listed Sensational Comics for one reason — "Wonder Woman was insufficiently dressed." Fortunately, #DC continued to publish Wonder Woman, proving that the Princess of Themyscira will not go down without a fight.
She Is A Symbol Of Both Inner And Outer Strength
Wonder Woman has always been an inspiration to young girls. While little boys carried their Superman or Batman lunch boxes, little girls weren't far behind, toting peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in their Wonder Woman tin pails. Diana left Paradise Island in the 40s to "fight Fascism with Feminism" (sound familiar, ladies?) and has done so for the better part of seven decades. Taking the secret identity of Diana Prince, she has had several jobs over the years.
Ranging from the JSA's secretary (ugh) to an ambassador at the United Nations, Wonder Woman has shown while she can lift tanks with ease, sometimes it takes more strength NOT to fight. There is an old episode of Justice League Unlimited in which Diana is faced with an armor used by Ares that is fueled by conflict. In the words of Etta Candy, fisticuffs were employed for sure — it was an action show after all — however, the solution came when Diana realized what was going on and surrendered, thus rendering the armor inert. This shows her cleverness, which does not always result in violence to solve all problems.
The Cast Agrees That It's Time For Wonder Woman To Shine
#GalGadot has been a phenomenal presence on and off screen in championing Wonder Woman's impact on young females. She has embraced her role of female empowerment as evidenced by the pictures above. Even Chris Pine, a man who also plays perpetual womanizer Capt. James Kirk in the Star Trek reboot, thinks its time we see a strong female role.
"Patty’s got a tremendous sense of story, I couldn’t be happier to be supporting Gal in what’s going to be the first female-driven superhero film. I think in the world today we’ve had plenty enough of male-driven everything and it’s finally time to see how wonderful the world can be with beautiful, strong, intelligent women kicking some major ass."
Wonder Woman has been a symbol of strength for decades, and her time in the spotlight is long overdue. In a male-dominated landscape, Wonder Woman is poised to be the first female superhero that actually resonates with fans, both male and female. What really matters, however, are the little girls who are finally going to see a strong female role model. The excitement on their faces tells us everything. They are getting the message that they are not intended to be kept in chains; they are escaping their shackles and are well on their way to fighting Fascism with Feminism. Go get 'em , ladies!
What other female superhero film would you like to see next?