A Film of Her Own (Part 1)

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In the beginning – well, 1941, actually – Wonder Woman was unleashed on the world of men. Although her original adventures were set during the time of World War II, her movie debut was shifted to World War I, but this is beside the point I want to make first. Her initial presentation during the Golden Age of Comics was a nuanced contradiction between feminism…

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… sexist stereotypes…

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… and worse.

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The approaches and themes used in her portrayal made at least the pretense of an effort at being mature…

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… or lapsed into the juvenile.

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This variety and disparity of treatments has continued through various incarnations. What I’m trying to say is that from this beginning concept and simple artwork  grew an iconic image that grew larger and more nuanced than even her creators, William Moulton Marston (writer) and H. G. Peter (artist), envisioned. Once in print, she escaped their mental bounds and entered into the synergistic collective of her readership. Individuals interacted with this character until, today, she has come to represent different things to different people.

For this reason, any adaptation of the comic to the silver screen would be likely to generate both praise and criticism. Gal Godot looks the part. She doesn’t. The movie is an original breath of fresh air for the superhero genre. It isn’t. The CGI is appropriate for the plot. It’s over the top. It’s kind of hard to blame us for our conflicting expectations of the first movie about Wonder Woman. After all, so many of us think of her as ours.

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Whether you approve or not, this cinematic effort is considered socially significant because it is the first major movie of this genre where the main character is female (I’m not going to count previous efforts such as Elektra). The DCEU of Warner Brothers beat Disney Marvel to the punch on that one, and I suppose it’s only right from an historical perspective.

The “battle” over this representation will continue next week…

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Wonder Woman (2017) Gal Gadot
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7 thoughts on “A Film of Her Own (Part 1)”

  1. I like this background you give… I, though I haven’t read many of the comics, really really liked the movie. Even just as a movie. Gal Gadot was flawless, and, despite first impressions, I even ended up liking Chris Pine’s character at the end. Cinematically, it was a fabulous movie!! Can’t wait to see your review/thoughts.

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