I get snide remarks from a few who are appalled at my zeal in posting updates from the new Gal Gadot-led Wonder Woman film – what is clearly an under-marketed movie when compared to most other recent superhero films. Little do they know that I am saving the world, one Facebook share at a time.
If asked to pick a favorite hero, a child would probably choose his or her dad or Batman or Superman. Unlike Princess Leia, Katniss Everdeen and Lara Croft, who are a minority when compared to the dizzying assemblage of male superheroes, what makes Wonder Woman special is that she has been around for over 75 years. And for reasons unknown, she is still not a name most girls or even boys say that they want to be like when they grow up.
Why is it so socially unacceptable or awkward for boys to say that Wonder Woman is their hero? It is that taboo that we all have to get over. Is it because like Catwoman and Lara Croft, Wonder Woman inadvertently became a sex symbol that the heroism has been diluted? Can’t strong be sexy?
As news breaks that there will be a second stand-alone Wonder Woman movie, it is a welcome move by studios to give a movie that is also directed by a woman (so no question of the male gaze) such backing and confidence in such a skewed industry. Most importantly it will give children who still believe that the world is a place that can be made right- the chance to scream from the rooftops that it is also okay to look up to and learn from a female hero figure such Wonder Woman or their moms.
In spite of being one of Diana Prince’s biggest fans, it is only recently that I came to learn that William Moulton Marston, a psychologist who believed that women were superior to men and should run the world, was the inventor of Wonder Woman. While I am more of a moderate and believe that the world should be an equal place regardless of gender, race or sexuality, having people around me that imbibe her qualities of truth and strength is something I can get on board with.