Wonder Woman is top of the box office charts since its opening day with over $100 million with the directing of Patty Jenkins and solidifies the DC Comics Universe for future films.
The growing doubt around Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, the Amazonian princess and warrior who leaves her home to seeks to end all conflicts, vanished after the movie’s release on Friday, June 2. Gadot takes the live-action persona of Wonder Woman in a nationwide film for the second time after almost 42 years since Linda Carter in the Wonder Woman television show in 1975.
A stand-alone female superhero film hasn’t been around since Catwoman in 2004, leaving a 13-year gap since DC Comics fans were treated to a live-action heroine movie. But a growing year gap in DC films left viewers to wonder if Gadot was fit for the role.
The popularity of the film came in waves of excitement and judgement by most who were unfamiliar, and some who wanted to see an accurate Wonder Woman depiction. Despite what Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB rate Wonder Women, a trend of body shaming and turning the film into a feminist statement continue to haunt social media.
Wonder Woman is not a movie to be depicted as anything less or more than a film following the roots of Diana Prince. Any DC Comics fan will be satisfied and leave the theater appreciative of the acting quality, character dynamics, and special effects brought together by Patty Jenkins.
It’s not unreasonable to show doubt because Gadot hasn’t taken such a large role in a standalone film, or hold some grudge over how poorly Batman v. Superman reviews reflected, but appreciate the focus on Wonder Woman without any other hero sharing the spotlight.
From the Amazonian Island of warrior women to a war written Germany, the atmosphere is surreal. The way of life Diana Prince, the daughter of Hippolyta who molded Diana from clay and given life through Zeus, begins to explore her godlike power through Amazonian training. Life quickly changes for Diana when a British Intelligence pilot names Steve Trevor crash lands on Themyscira, the secrete homeland of all Amazonians, and brings word of the great war (WWI) and impending death.
Once both Steve, played by actor Chris Pine, and Diana begin to talk to each other, it’s only a matter of time until they begin learn how both of their worlds are different and alike. We see the relationship of both characters grow in the film as friends, lovers, and partners equally respected. The learning curve for Diana to learn of life amongst men and Steve to believe in the tales of Ancient Greek are high, but they begin to support each other’s purposes.
This isn’t a simple feminist film. Wonder Woman never truly stood for patriarchal rule and she doesn’t agree with the treatment of women in the film, but that isn’t ground for bashing the one iconic super-heroine film that took almost 13 years to release.
Wonder Woman’s goal in the film is to defeat Ares, the Ancient Greek god of war, and free men from the evil god’s control. Steve’s goal in the film is to destroy any remnants of mustard gas in possession of the German military and prevent the death of more allied troops. Both learn that their goals are not simply one battle to be fought and only one of them can save the world.
Excuse Gadot for not having a large chest or butt and forgive her for not being an American actress. Recognize how the meaning behind Wonder Woman is larger than any single actress or a feminist interpretation.
Anyone who truly watched the entirety of the film would recognize Wonder Woman’s purpose is to spread love for the world of man and right the wrongs of human nature. It’s the reason why she doesn’t just fight for Women and the reason for her decision in the final fight scene of the film.