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The Wonder Woman Hysteria
One of the reasons I decided to write about this topic is because I read one of my friend’s posts on Facebook about the movie and how she was inspired by seeing Wonder Woman do the superhero landing. And then there is the controversy about how Gal Gadot was not payed enough for the movie. One has to wonder, why all this press on a simple comic hero movie. I am here to explore that and also demonstrate a simple truth. People are inherently susceptible to unnecessary hysteria about topics that has no real impact on their lives.
Feminism and Wonder Woman
Before the movie was even announced, one would notice the murmur in pop culture about how there is no female super hero movie (which is a true fact). But one doesn’t dig deeper than any other reason that sexism. Lets look at some female driven movies that were big hits in the past decade or so. I am not talking about critically acclaimed movies but rather just movies which made a lot more money just because of the female actor. We can only name 1 and that is Scarlett Johansson’s sleeper hit Lucy and even that movie was just Bad. Even the critical hit Sicario with Emily Blunt in the lead didn’t do as well as Lucy and it was a far better movie. Or the highest paid female actor Jennifer Lawrence who couldn’t carry any movie on her own, as evidenced by Passengers, in which she was paid double than that of Chris Pratt and yet feminists praised that pay gap. And when you look as Chris Pratt movies, they were blockbusters but he wasn’t complaining about how he got paid less than his female co-star even though he is more bankable than her.
There is this inherent double standard. So much weight is put on topics that has no real impact on women’s lives. Gal Gadot doing a super hero landing is a cliche, which was very well expressed by Gina Carano in Deadpool. Now Gina is an accomplished real life super hero. People pay to see her fight. But feminists do not care about that because the topic is not mainstream enough. Feminists do not talk about how most of the female driven action movies have a skewed audience of men. Or that women do not generally care for action movies. They only care about branding a crime which doesn’t exist. The gender pay gap in Hollywood is exhibit A. This is a non existent phenomenon. Female actors are paid for the part they play in a movie and most of the times it is not as big as their male counter parts. Even if we forgo the time spent on set, a female lead doesn’t bring as many butts to the cinema as a male lead does and that is a proven fact.
The studio will always be hesitant to put big money on a female lead because they are unsure if they will get their money back. Feminists need to realize that Hollywood is a business and not a charity. But the funny part here is that Gal Gadot made more than both Chris Evens (whose second Captain America movie is far better than Wonder Woman) and Chris Hemsworth’s Thor (both Thor movies were bad). It still made headlines because of the feminist angle to the story. This double standard is what pushes me away from feminism of this day and age.
Wonder Woman vs The Dark Knight vs Logan
It is unavoidable. We have to compare the three. The Dark Knight is movie masterpiece and a once in a lifetime gem. It is not just a superhero movie but it is an essay on society. And yet Wonder Woman is being rated as close to a cinematic classic. Or even Logan which again is a very well acclaimed super hero movie and deservedly so.. Both those movies can not be far from super heroism. One is a crime thriller and the other is a western. Don’t get the wrong idea here. I liked Wonder Woman, just like I like the Avengers or Civil War. But is Wonder Woman as praise worthy as even a Captain America: Winter Soldier. No it definitely isn’t. Because Wonder Woman has many of the same pitfalls as the male lead super hero movies have, predictability.
Gal Gadot was perfect. She did an amazing job. In fact the only thing I liked about the movie was her. She was the star and stole the show. But was the movie engaging as any of the others. No! The other top rated movies have one thing in common. They all had complex plot lines and a non generic villain. I wouldn’t have bothered to write this article if people would have just said that the movie is good. But they praised it in such a way that, I would have to assume that they saw a different movie.
Wonder Woman was a good movie. But it is not the type of movie I would see again. I am definitely looking forward to the second installment. But this article is not about the movie. It is about the hysteria surrounding it. People praising the movie are praising it for the wrong reasons. Feminist need to truly reflect on what feminism should be. There are women in the world that are treated worse than rats. I come from a country which needs feminism. Instead of focusing real world problems, feminism is focusing on the meaningless. Gal Gadot will be rich no matter what. Her life is not drastically effected by the feminists fighting for a wage hike. Her manager will take care of that. A super hero landing is not a win for feminism. It is a win for the studio which is making money of her doing a super hero landing. Wonder Woman can not save the women who are put to jail for driving a car or attacked with acid because some psychopath is obsessed with them. Get your priorities straight. That is all I am saying.