As someone who knew nothing of the Wonder Woman backstory, I was unsure as to what to expect from this DC Comics blockbuster. My expectations were blown out of the water! Surprisingly good acting, strong character development and an entertaining storyline easily held my attention. What really stands out, however, is the message that the film conveys.
Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman shows us a new type of feminism. Wonder Woman, Diana Prince, is powerful and a fierce fighter. She is also graceful, kind and tenderhearted. She embraces her feminine beauty, using it to her advantage and reveling in the joy of being admired by the opposite sex. Her power lies in her integrity and commitment to protecting what is precious in life: love, kindness, innocence. She draws strength from her romantic relationship with Steve Trevor. It’s clear she does not feel his love or protection suppresses her ability to assert herself. She was more than capable on her own but was made better by his partnership and love.
Modern feminists tell us that in order to be respected and treated “equally,” women must turn their backs on femininity and seek equity, or sameness, with our male counterparts.