BY KIMBERLY ROSE
Anticipation and questions arise at the welcoming of DC Comic’s summer blockbuster “Wonder Woman” to theaters this weekend. Some being - why are we just now getting a highly anticipated female superhero movie and what’s wrong with honoring the girl power Wonder Woman demonstrates? While excited for this new turn in superhero (and now superheroine) movies, the frustration does continue. The most recent being the backlash when various Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas decided to host women-only screenings of “Wonder Woman.”
When one Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas wanted to hold a specialty viewing party for this upcoming blockbuster, many haters accusing the theater of gender discrimination took their dissatisfaction to the internet. Some even protested by buying tickets to the showings, even though they did not identify as female. While the criticism did continue, so did the support. The Austin location added a second showing in defiance and an Alamo theater in Brooklyn decided to hop on board with a viewing and plans to donate all proceeds to Planned Parenthood. The chain of cinemas continued to embrace their intentions despite the flood of social media complaints. Like they said via Facebook, “This has zip to do with equality. This is a celebration of a character that’s meant a great deal to many women since 1940.”
A superheroine movie is groundbreaking in itself, but what’s also highly awaited is director Patty Jenkins and HER recognition in the film industry – not as a female director, but a director. Jenkins has faced her fair share of adversity in Hollywood, but today she stands as the third woman to direct a film with a budget over $100 million AND the first woman to direct a superhero film. Jenkins isn’t new to the industry in the slightest as she wrote and directed “Monster” in 2003 – a film about serial killer Aileen Wuornos, which won Charlize Theron the Oscar for Best Actress. Over ten years later, Jenkins is about to see her dream project come to life and all eyes are on her. Her success should be determined by the story she tells, and not her gender that strips the credibility male directors seem to have. This weekend Wonder Woman’s story will be heard by all, and similarly, so will Jenkin’s.
Wonder Woman was created in 1941 by psychologist William Martson, after he was inspired by the feminist movement. While in a feminist movement of our own today – it’s more important than ever for Diana Prince’s (or who we know as Wonder Woman’s) story to be told and to be told correctly. Critics will say it’s impossible for Wonder Woman to be a feminist in the skimpy outfits she fights in, but Jenkin says it’s sexist that she can’t have both the ability to stop the villain and to look great in doing so. And haters will say it’s wrong to celebrate female power without men (even if it’s only for a few hours), but it’s wrong that we’ve waited this long for a superheroine like Wonder Woman on the big screen. This tale may bring more femininity and morality into perspective, but there’s no doubt in my mind that she’ll take anyone down in the most heroic, girl boss way.
Action is by no means just for men, so do something to show that! This weekend, join Diana’s tribe of female warriors and celebrate girl power at the theaters (whether guys are there or not). Hooray for feminism!