WHY WONDER WOMAN MATTERS

(We Need to Support this Female Driven Film)

By Libby Hudson Lydecker

 

“I’ve been given such a huge opportunity to show the strong, beautiful side of women. Finally!”- Gal Gadot

This weekend, Wonder Woman the movie, opens nationwide. For me, it is imperative we show up at the box office in support of the ultimate icon of female superhero empowerment. This 70 year old comic book heroine was made famous by the television show in the 1970’s starring Lynda Carter.  Today, the onscreen version features the gorgeous and imposing former Miss Israel, Gal Gadot (pronounced Gadote.) Gadot inspired a thunderous round of applause at a recent Comic Con convention when she stated, “I’ve been given such a huge opportunity to show the strong, beautiful side of women. Finally!”

Finally indeed. Wonder Woman is being met with rave reviews and has a top rating on the movie review site Rotten Tomatoes of 97% fresh. It is exciting and important we as consumers put our money behind a female lead driven movie which also happens to be about female strength, beauty and fighting for justice.  Gal Gadot, served in the Israeli army a duty of all young Israelis . She is a mother of two young girls, Maya and Alma. Beautiful and statuesque at five foot ten inches, Gadot trained intensively putting on seventeen pounds of muscle to prepare for playing the powerful Amazonian warrior, Diana.

As any mother knows, when it comes to the love of our children, we tap into untold strengths and resources that make us all a little bit of a super-heroine everyday.

Gadot talked extensively with Elle Magazine about the struggle of being a mom, taking on such an important role and finding her balance with all that both roles entailed.  In the end, she realized what she identified most with the character most was her courage and heart . As any mother knows, when it comes to the love of our children, we tap into untold strengths and resources that make us all a little bit of a super-heroine everyday.

It is important to note the film is directed by a woman,  Patty Jenkins. Female directors in Hollywood make up a disappointingly low 7%. Most major studio films are disproportionately male driven, relegating female characters to love interests or B stories. Therefore the hope of a major success in Wonder Woman may be the shot in the arm Hollywood needs to give the younger generations of girls a heroine to love and admire.

The world seems to be an increasingly war torn and frightening place. The country of Lebanon,  has banned the film due to the lead being played by an Israeli actor.  The premiere of the movie in London was cancelled due to the recent bombing in Manchester at the Ariana Grande concert  which killed over 20 people many of whom were young women. It is a light of hope, if even just in make believe, to see a goddess on the screen coming to us from Hollywood to make the world a safer place.  In light of the state of the current American President  and the “alternative fact” landscape it sure is a nice to imagine having Wonder Woman powers. Especially the lasso of truth.

We need to remind ourselves and teach our daughters that an empowered woman fighting for truth and justice may just have solved the question that the hero the world has been waiting for is really a heroine and there’s a little bit of wonderful in us all.

We owe it to ourselves as women, and as mothers, to support this movie and show up this weekend to impress upon Hollywood that female driven movies matter. We need to remind ourselves and teach our children that an empowered woman fighting for truth and justice may finally have solved the question that the hero the world has been waiting for is really a heroine and there’s a little bit of wonderful in us all.