Wonder Woman directed by Patty Jenkins is the recent addition to the DC Extended Universe. Starring Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, this movie explores the origins of the fierce Amazonian, who is also a founding member of The Justice League. A lot of speculations were making the rounds before the release, but Patty Jenkins successfully let the skepticism to rest. Wonder Woman currently stands at a staggering 93% in Rotten Tomatoes.
Keeping aside all the box office collections and ratings, it’s time to talk about the global impact of this female superhero movie. While Batman and Superman have had numerous renditions throughout the decades, Wonder Woman managed to get a silver screen opening after 76 years since its inception. It just highlights the depth of skepticism which is entrenched in our minds regarding a female superhero.
In a time, when violation of women rights is an acceptable norm, a female led superhero movie was needed. The approach towards heroism has always been masculine. It has always been an established fact that the good guy will always swoop in to save the girl. That is what we cheer for in theaters. That is what film makers create to rake in money. But that’s what Wonder Woman has set out to change. Forever.
In the starting sequence of the movie, we witness the island of Themyscira; a beautiful paradise which is only inhabited by Amazonian warrior tribe. An island full of strong, loving and compassionate women. Our young hero emulates these warriors, mainly her aunt General Antiope portrayed by an insanely ripped Robin Wright, who is a well known icon for feminism. Being the daughter of Zeus does gives Diana some incredible powers, but it’s her upbringing by righteous and compassionate women which builds her character. Her strength doesn’t comes from fear or hope, but rather, from love.
As the movie progresses, a particular scene evokes a lot of emotions. In the midst of World War 1, Diana Prince steps out into ‘No Man’s Land’, an area of incessant bloodshed where no man had dared to venture. It was a scene to behold as a single woman sets out to fight not to prove her mettle, but just to do the right thing. It was a powerful scene to see a woman persist and win a war which men couldn’t win for years.
With the inclusion of trans people, women, people of color and queer people in the pop culture, it does feels good to see them trying to find out some emotional connection, the privilege cis people and white people have been enjoying since years. But ofttimes, these pop culture icons fail to deliver a resonating voice which eventually dies out with time. Surprisingly, Wonder Woman was able to strike a chord with everyone. The emotional bond Diana Prince manages to form has filled the void that has been residing in us, unnoticed.
My producer just sent me this… ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! This makes every hard day worth it. Thank you to whomever wrote it!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/3DzIaMueIh
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) June 11, 2017
From little girls to matured women, the Wonder Woman phenomena has taken the world by storm. To see kids and mothers donning Diana’s costume, to truly feel empowered, is what the superhero genre must strive to achieve in future. Like Jim Gordon in The Dark Knight, we can’t help but quote with slight modifications, “She is the hero the world deserves, and the one it needs right now.”
Wonder Woman is now in theaters.