By Joy Jones
New footage from the upcoming “Wonder Woman” begs the question: Can Hollywood tell the story of a strong woman without giving in to the idea of “what a woman should be?
Patty Jenkins is directing and she undoubtedly has some heavily female based films under her directing belt including “Monster,“ but based on the footage, I would say even she may have missed the mark by about a mile.
The “Wonder Woman” footage debuted during the CW special, “DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League.” Commentators and fellow actors noted her power, but unfortunately I wasn’t getting the same vibe.
According to DC Comics Wonder Woman is a 6′ tall Amazonian woman; actress Gal Gadot is 5′ 10″ – which is close enough, but she still doesn’t look and feel like Wonder Woman. For a moment I was convinced Jenifer Lawrence’s character of “The Hunger Games,“ Katniss Everdeen could beat Gal Gadot.
In fact when asked how much weight she had loss to play Everdeen, Lawrence responded, “I’m never going to starve myself for a part. I don’t want little girls to be like, ‘Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I’m going to skip dinner.’ I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong — not thin and underfed.” Many actresses in Hollywood are often encouraged and sometimes required to lose weight to portray a character. I definitely think Gal should have took Lawrence’s lead on this one and hit the weights more for the role.
Patty Jenkins says, “The best thing about Wonder Woman is how good and kind and loving she is, yet none of that negates her power.” I agree the dichotomy of compassion and fierceness is a large part of what makes a woman strong, but the majority of the scenes appeared to be leaning toward a “soft-pretty” Wonder Woman.
“Wonder Woman” is set to release June 23, 2017.
See the official trailer below: