In discussing Wonder Woman, there's a few things audiences and girls everywhere need to consider. First and foremost, expecting a replica Lynda Carter isn't going to happen — it's not. While Carter still has that presence that made her so incredibly appealing as the 1970s version of the Amazonian princess, that was 40 years ago, and not only has cinematography changed and developed, so have women as a whole. We can't expect any 21st century version of #WonderWoman to mirror the one #LyndaCarter so perfectly encapsulated back in the 1970s because she would quite possibly be dismissed as irrelevant to superhero fans today. To do so would be to deny current Wonder Woman portrayer #GalGadot any opportunity to show the world what an updated #DianaPrince could bring.
While it would be impossible to expect girls today to rise to the standard set by a fictional superhero, there are other ideals that Wonder Woman brings to the table that were not so readily apparent when the series first aired back in the 1970s.
First and foremost, Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman is truly innocent in many senses of the world. How can she not be? The idea of a man (especially in the form of Chris Pine, who takes on the mantle of Steve Trevor from Lyle Waggoner) showing up on her island — where she'd never seen one — would be enough to make her question what else is out there, but it's how Diana Prince receives the realization that her world is about to be forever changed because of the outside world's intrusion that is so breathtaking.
She stares at him as though she's never seen another human before, let alone a man; the wonder with which she examines him seems innocent, and it's actually a bit of a sweet look into the softer side of someone known for her warrior nature. Even in further dealings with the military man, her bold way of talking and dealing with him seems incredibly childlike; the simplicity with which she tells him her story is reminiscent of a confident child telling someone what they are all about, and it's incredibly endearing.
Even though she's very much a stranger in a strange land, there's no denying just who's in charge. Diana Prince is a woman determined to bring an end to the First World War, for goodness' sake! Sure, Trevor is trying to call the shots, but when you're showing up to a gala wearing a sword and a gorgeous blue dress, it's hard to deny that you've got some presence. Wonder Woman shows up ready for action, and whether she's arguing with her mother (Queen Hippolyta) about why she should be allowed to train alongside the other women on Themyscira, or setting foot onto a battlefield, it's clear that Diana Prince is the one that people are looking to for guidance and for support.
Director #PattyJenkins hit the jackpot when Gal Gadot stepped into the role of the Amazonian princess. Sure, Gadot is gorgeous — she's made a name for herself as a model — but she also conveys a strength about her that is refreshing to see. Not only can she wield a sword with her fellow male soldiers, deflect bullets with her bracelets and use her Lasso of Truth with the effectiveness that Indiana Jones used his whip, when she looks at someone who dares to challenge her, it's clear that the challenger will be brought down quickly.
What Woman Could Resist Following That Example?
Being a warrior is not about hand-to-hand battle; it's about being willing to confront demons, head on, and stand tall while doing so. It's about being able to still see the world around you with the same wonder you might see in a child, regardless of what you may have been through. It's about challenging people's perceptions of who you are while you pursue who you are meant to be. Wonder Woman is the role model girls need right now, and it's outstanding that she's here once again.
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