Wonder Woman was released in the UK yesterday, and from what I’ve seen is being released in the states today. Since Marvel started their cinematic universe, and DC sort of revamped theirs a bit, this is the first movie in which a woman is the main protagonist. So it’s a pretty big deal. I haven’t seen it yet. But after not really liking Batman vs. Superman and Suicide Squad, I’m really, really hoping it’s a good one.
If you’ve been on the internet recently you’ll have seen that a cinema in Austin, Texas decided to host two women’s only screenings on the film to celebrate the occasion. And some people were pretty pissed about it to say the least.
There’s been many arguments against women only screenings of Wonder Woman. The most common one being that it’s not promoting equality to have female only screenings, but no men only screenings.
I’m going to get really negative here, but when have there ever been equality when it comes to the comic/sci-fi genre?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a massive fan of the genre. Most of my favourite films/shows are of these genres. But let’s be honest, until recently they have been mostly male dominated and still are to some extent.
Every time I’ve gone to the cinema to see a DC or Marvel movie, I’ve seen a hell of a lot more boys than girls. I’ve seen groups of boys go together, but never a group of just girls. I’ve seen girls go, sure, but they almost always seen to be accompanied by a bloke. Of course I’m not saying this happens everywhere, this has just been my experience.
Some boys get surprised when I tell them I’m a sucker for Marvel and DC. Some even challenge be on it, making sure I’ve seen all the films and read all the comics. Because if I haven’t, then I’m not a true fan or something. If you had to watch and read every single Marvel or DC related piece of work out of there to be a fan, then these movies seriously wouldn’t be grossing as much as they do. But alas it’s totally okay if a boy hasn’t done these things, they can still be a fan. Give me a break.
Feel free to argue with me on this one, debate is good for the soul. But I strongly believe that these movies are still generally catered to men. The movies where the superhero is a man at least. With the exception of the strong, independent, and beautiful Black Widow and Wonder Woman, most females in superhero films are there as a love interest to the male protagonist. Their damsel in distress, if you will. God damn, most of the superhero films don’t even pass the Bechdel Test. Meaning the women in the films only talk about men to one another, or they don’t even talk at all. How is that equality?
What I’m trying to say is Black Widow, and now Wonder Woman, are the only female superheros in the Marvel and DC cinematic universes that we can look up to right now. And only one of them has just got their own standalone film. I don’t see this woman only screenings to be trying to exclude men, but more as a way to celebrate a step in the right direction. Wonder Woman is a superhero that I’m sure many young girls who are fans of comic books looked up to. And now she has her own film! Of course we want to celebrate.
Men are not excluded for watching this film in anyway. These female only screenings are only happening at one cinema, as far as I know. And there is only two of them. If boys want to watch the film, they can literally watch it any other day.
What do you think about the female only screenings on Wonder Woman, are you for or against? Also on a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you want a Black Widow film? I’m at 1000 on that scale!