Wonder Woman Breaks Into The Boys’ Club

everything-you-want-to-know-about-gal-gadot--the-actress-playing-wonder-womanSome shocking news was released just a few days ago: Gal Gadot is playing Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman/Superman movie.

Wonder Woman, despite being one of the biggest and most well-known female superheroes, has never been in a live action movie, so this is kind of a big deal. And as a huge Wonder Woman fan, I am ridiculously and impossibly excited, but I also have some concerns.

There is a large part of me, a very large part, that is annoyed Wonder Woman is not, as of yet, getting her own movie. But I get it; the big boys at DC and Warner Bros. don’t think Wonder Woman can carry her own movie. I’m okay with her featuring in a movie with other heroes, but here is the thing: Wonder Woman does not play fucking second fiddle to Batman or Superman.

trinity3In the comic books, when Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman teamed up outside of the Justice League, the comics were simple called Trinity. The DC Trinity, the big three, the three superheroes who villains hope to never meet. And yet this movie is going to focus on Batman and Superman, with Wonder Woman only featuring in it. In some ways, this shares the same problems as the upcoming Ant Man movie. Ant Man and Wasp are always a team; the two are never apart, so to have a movie without her is fucking ridiculous to me. At the same time, if the Ant Man movie does include Wasp, but not as a title character, then I’m still annoyed, because that is just bullshit.

I still say Wonder Woman should have her own movie, but if she is going to share this movie then the movie should be called Trinity, or at least something that signifies she has an equal part in this movie alongside our two male superheroes.

I’m also a bit worried about this movie in general. I was already worried about Ben Affleck being cast as Batman, but now any problem this movie might have at the box office will most likely be attributed by The Powers That Be to Wonder Woman’s presence. I’d also be interested in how Wonder Woman is going to be incorporated into a movie that is rumored to be largely a Batman vs. Superman movie.

401686-169172-trinity_super1Now don’t get me wrong here, guys; I really want Wonder Woman in this movie, but it is imperative that she is written and acted well. Not just because I simply want to see a good portrayal of Wonder Woman on the big screen, but also because if this movie doesn’t do well, it will be used as yet another justification for the myth that women cannot carry a comic book movie. It could even stop Marvel from pursuing any possible plans for female-led movies. This movie is sort of it when it comes to female superheroes right now. The comic book world has all eyes on DC Comics, because this movie could make or break the female superhero movie.

I also want to say something about Gal Gadot playing Wonder Woman. Some people are annoyed that she is so stereotypically pretty and thin. For the record, Wonder Woman is gorgeous, but especially in recent years, Wonder Woman, as an Amazon, has been portrayed as taller and more muscular since she’s a warrior. Wonder Woman is not just supernaturally strong—she has also trained hard to be as strong as she is. And while I understand people being sad that Gal Gadot doesn’t look like this right now, keep in mind that the studio will probably put her through a lot of physical training to build at least some muscle, just like they do with male superheroes. Furthermore, some of the discussions I’m seeing about Gal Gadot’s body are getting extremely close to body-shaming, so just stop! I don’t know much about Gadot’s acting, but I have my fingers crossed that she’ll be everything I ever wanted. Here’s hoping, at least.

Welp, I guess we’ll all have to wait and see. Zack Snyder and Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman and every female superhero are currently in your hands. I know this is a lot of pressure but please, please, please don’t let us down.

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10 thoughts on “Wonder Woman Breaks Into The Boys’ Club

  1. I totally have the same worries. Their track record with female characters has been troublesome. This comes from a lack of adaptation from comics. They look at comics as some how wrong. Yet fail to see the fact comics have existed and been able to carry plots far longer then any film franchise. I do hold out hopes as I admire the work of Snyder. Particularly his treatment of Superman. So I hold out hope.

    Also the fact that Gal Gadot fought in the Israeli Army is definitely a plus. Not to mention Amy Adams’ opinions about where her character should go and how the next film should not be a love triangle. I am both worried and full of hope for this film.

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  3. I love Gal Gadot, and I think she’s a totally perf choice (well, I was also rooting for Jaimie Alexander!) If people think she’s too thin, she can always bulk up–guys do it all the time for superhero roles! A Wonder Woman solo movie is DEFINITELY in order. You go Girl….or Gal!!

  4. I completely agree with this! Snyder has a MASSIVE amount of pressure on him, but I am hopeful he will do our Lady of Themyscira proud!! I also feel Gal has a lot on her shoulders, and will need to pack on more than just a bit of muscle to pull of the role, I am really positive though. From what I have seen of her, she really could be a successful Wonder Woman. Fingers and toes crossed! x

    • I hate Wonder Woman being drawn so large now days just as I hate Superman and Batman being drawn that way. It’s really superficial and misses the point of who all 3 of those character are truly Powerful. But ti’s extra insulting with Wonder Woman, it implies a Woman has to be more “Masculine” them most women to be a credible Warrior. To me Wonder Woman should be a Strong Woman but also very Feminine. I’m excited about Gadot being cast.

      The idea of the Amazons being large is also a purely modern invention. IN the Ancient sources they were mainly Archers, which actually implies they were small.

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  8. I have always hated the Trinity name. It honestly seems to me like they went out of their way to pick a name that would offend Christians.

    Wonder Woman can be a supporting character in someone else’s film without it seeming like ti demeans her. It’ll clearly be understood that she is there to set up getting her own film down the line.

    Batman/Superman is what will launch the DCU, from there the movies are looking to get more diverse.

  9. There have Superman/Batman stories with Wonder Woman in a supporting role, like the 2004/5 Supergirl reboot story-line.

    I understand why it might seem insulting to introduce WW to the big screen this way, but there similar precedents with Male Heroes. The new Flash show was set up as an Arrow spin off, a character much lower ranked then him in the comics.

    And Batman made his debut to media outside the comic as a guest star on Superman’s radio show.

    The MCU is also setting up several similar precedents now. Though their failing to at all give solo films to the character the get introduced in other peoples films. Unless the rumors are true about characters like Black Panther being in Civil War.

    This is how I would have built a DC Universe. But I’m choosing to look on the bright and just be glad we’re gonna see Diana on the big screen finally.

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