Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman is paving the way for female superheroes. The upcoming movie is the first in a decade to feature a female lead, but how will Diana Prince react to becoming a real-life trailblazer and role model who can kick stereotyping in the a**? Actor Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins talks about feminism in the movie and how the unconquerable warrior thinks of gender.
The Main Character
Wonder Woman is one of the most popular superheroes in the world, but this is the first time that she will star in her own movie. Part of the reason why it took studios so long to greenlight a movie about the life and adventured of Diana of Themyscira was because there was a fear that it would not be as profitable as, say, another Batman movie.
But, recently, characters like Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) of The Hunger Games and Rey (Daisy Ridley) of Star Wars: The Force Awakens have proven that movies with strong female leads can top the box office. Jenkins is confident that her new movie will be as successful. In an interview with Total Film (via Heroic Hollywood), the filmmaker stated that Wonder Woman is a superhero for all gender.
“I think there’s been a lag in catching up to where feminism has gone,” she explained. “It’s taken a long time before a woman who can fight can actually be treated like a universal character.”
The director also pointed out that there were a lot of fear that came with making the upcoming movie. “People were like, ‘How can a woman fight? How can a woman be sexy and be violent at the same time?'” She added that it is time to stop worrying about that aspect of the character. “Many other universal female protagonists are showing up on screen where they’re the main character, not a ‘woman’ main character,” she said.
Gender is a ‘Non-Issue’
Gadot agrees. The actor recognizes that it is about time that a female superhero stars in her own movie. The superhero industry is primarily dominated by men (with women as love interests).
But that does not necessarily mean that Diana will come out from her seclusion and then preach about gender equality. Gadot explained that the Amazonian warrior is taken aback by the unequal treatment of genders in “man’s world,” something that has already been featured in the trailers. In one video, while trying dresses on with Steve Trevor’s (Chris Pine) secretary, Diana asks how women fight in such fluffy and ruffly clothing.
Going back to the interview, Gadot pointed out that the warrior came out of a society where everyone has the same rights. So, when she sees the world of Steve Trevor, she is confused as to why women do not get treated the same way as the men. “[F]or her, gender is a non-issue,” she added.
Is Wonder Woman Feminist?
Neither Gadot nor Jenkins shuns the feminist label in their new movie. While they insist that Diana is a hero for everyone, they stated to The New York Times that the movie is, indeed, feminist.
Gadot explained that she and Jenkins figured out that the best way to present the true meaning of feminism is by having the superhero be unaware of social roles. Diana is not bound by gender boundaries and, to her, everyone, regardless of gender or class, is equal.
Wonder Woman will land on the big screen on June 2. The movie also stars Connie Nielsen, David Thewlis, Elena Anaya, Danny Huston, Lucy Davis, Doutzen Kroes and Robin Wright. Watch its final trailer below.
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