Recently we learned that the as-yet-unnamed sequel to ‘Man of Steel’ will add another famous face to its lineup of heroes. Laying the foundations for a Justice League answer to the success of Marvel’s ‘Avengers’ film, Warner Brothers have confirmed that Wonder Woman will appear in the 2015 production starring Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill).
Arguably DC’s most iconic and popular heroine, Wonder Woman – a.k.a. Diana Prince – has been a long-time fan favourite; her image recognised and replicated far beyond the comics. It’s been a long time coming, but the Amazonian princess is finally set to debut in her first feature-length, live action film.*
So why are her fans so furious?
While we’ve long awaited her debut on the big screen, we’re less-than-thrilled to learn that she will be second fiddle in someone else’s movie (why are we seeing what feels like the tenth Batman movie before we see Wonder Woman in her first solo?) and the casting of her character.
Here are the two things incredibly wrong about all this:
#1. The ‘sidekick’ status. Wonder Woman is a supporting cast member instead of the leading lady. She has been relegated to the sidelines and, while visibility of women in media is an excellent mark of progress, there are some things only the titular character can enjoy.
Diana has a rich and exciting story which should be explored fully. This is something which would be difficult to include in a story focusing on one other superhero, let alone two. Supporting characters simply do not experience the full development and personal transformation like that of the primary protagonist.
I’ve seen enough movies to know the formula Hollywood works by. Here’s how her scenes will go:
She’ll appear, probably dramatically, just in time to save the day in a skirmish early on in the film. We’ll have a short introduction to her history when the chaos blows over – just enough to produce a general idea of her origins – before we return to the main arc of conflict surrounding Batman and Superman. She’ll have some butt-kicking moments (perhaps even a scene where the enemy is so shocked that a woman has bested him in combat! Gasp!) but ultimately Clark and Bruce will have the final hurrah. Roll credits.
The sad truth is, as long as Wonder Woman is merely a back-up to the big boys, she’ll never be their fully-fledged equal.
How much of Wonder Woman’s part has been scripted solely for the sake of having a female superhero? Will the director celebrate her strength as a woman, or will her scenes be more reminiscient of the fanservice Gadot provided us in The Fast and the Furious? It certainly makes you wonder when the film’s casting agents asked specifically for “exotic”-looking actresses for the role. Tokenism and the fetishization of women of colour are very harmful forces which the film industry has only recently begun to address. It would be a shame to take a backwards step.
Let’s check out the second point of contention:
#2. Gadot’s ‘model material’ body. Diana’s muscular frame are more than just for show, they are part of her intrinsic character; strong, proud and powerful – a legendary Amazonian warrior endowed with godly powers. Her presence is meant to be commanding.
The problems of a very thin Wonder Woman on her own are doubled when we then think about her alongside other heroes. Instead of standing tall and strong like the titular heroes Batman and Superman, this Wonder Woman will quite literally be half their size (even whilst teetering in what will likely be high heels).
Such a difference in frame shrinks her physical prowress and presence in comparison to her male peers, reinforcing the idea that women are the ‘lesser’ heroes in capability and in appearance.
Intentional or not, Warner Bros. has made a major statement in their decision to cast an actress with such a thin figure. If Wonder Woman can’t appear onscreen played by someone bigger than size zero, who can?
It seems that her inclusion is an attempt to toss as many recogniseable characters as possible into the movie in hopes of recreating the success of Marvel’s Avengers. This incarnation of Wonder Woman seems to be making an appearance merely to appease viewers calling for female superheroes to be given their due. Warner Bros. will tell us that this is something we should be happy with; isn’t it nice, how she helped the main characters succeed? Shouldn’t we be satisfied that Wonder Woman helps the boys save the day?
But this is not what we have been asking for. This is not good enough. This is second-best and Warner Bros. knows it.
Wonder Woman’s name isn’t included in the title. She’s yet to appear on posters or official promotional material. She will be half their size and will receive half their screen time.
Wonder Woman is not “starring alongside” Batman and Superman. This is their movie and it will be their story; their journey, their obstacles to overcome and ultimately, their triumph.
So until she is given what she deserves – a film of her own – Wonder Woman fans will just have to raise our voices a little louder!
Disclaimer: GayGeek is pleased that Gadot is expanding her career horizons and wishes her all the best. The only regret felt here is at Warner Brothers’ treatment of Wonder Woman the character and their obstinate refusal to give female DC heroines the same chance as their male peers to star onscreen.
*Preceded only by a Lego toy in her image in the upcoming LEGO movie (which ALSO has Batman set to play a more central role).
I’m sure you’ve all thought it at some point – what would Wolverine look like in drag? I mean, he wears spandex so I don’t think it’s too far fetched to imagine him in a dress…
Well neither did David J Prokpetz. Since Marvel is now a part of Disney, he thought hey hey, Wolverine is totally meant to be a princess – and he should be dressed as such. So he commissioned some Tumblr artists to do it and…well…it’s magical.
This is apparently a first instalment of a series that will be premiering in America on October 28th after Conan in a show called “The Pete Holmes Show”.
Professor X tries explaining to Wolverine that his powers are a liability in this sketch that debuted during “The Pete Holmes Show” panel at New York Comic Con.
Did you like this sketch? Be sure to watch more installments of “Ex-Men” on the “Pete Holmes Show.” We premiere on October 28th after “Conan,” and we’ll be on weeknights at midnight/11 central.
It’s pretty funny – and let’s admit it, there’s a nugget of truth here. Though he doesn’t seem to mention the fact that Wolverine’s ACTUAL mutant power is his rapid healing, not the adamantium skeleton (that was installed later, because of his healing ability) but still…gave me a good chuckle.
Because I hate Wolverine.
Yes, I said it. Jean Grey all the way baby! Telekinesis is totally the most awesome power. And she’s telekenetic AND psychic. Boom.
And then Storm. Because Aurora is such a damned badass. Go watch X-Men: The Animated Series and you’ll see the awesomeness that is Storm – “I SUMMON THE ARTIC WIIINNNNDDDDDSSS.” Love that crazy chick.
This is a fan trailer, and a wonderful example of why there should be a Wonder Woman movie. They say there’s not enough content to create a solo movie for Wonder Woman? Well considering how they’ve mauled every other superhero movie, I don’t think that’s a real problem. The comics didn’t sell well when they first came out? Hello – the rise of feminism has seen an entire generation of female geeks, not to mention feminist men, who are dying to see a Wonder Woman film now…we’re a very different society from when the comics first came out.
The care and effort that has gone into this trailer is the proof.
Make a Wonder Woman movie already! (And not just as one of the characters in the Justice League!)