Wonder Woman is out now and if early reviews from moviegoers and critics are to be believed, it just might be the first film in the DC Extended Universe that isn’t completely polarizing among the fanbase. As a fan, that makes me really happy. Although I was tremendously disappointed with most of Batman VS Superman, the introduction of Wonder Woman was one of the top highlights of the film. It made me realize just how much the world needed a quality female-led comic book movie. While seeing Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was awesome, it paled in comparison to witnessing the ultimate comic book heroine make her big screen debut.
I have been looking forward to this movie since the first trailer was revealed at the San Diego Comic-Con, but a film of this magnitude is almost never without its controversy. In anticipation for the movie, popular theater chain Alamo Drafthouse (if you’ve never been you are missing out) is offering women-only screenings for the film and it’s caused a bit of an uproar. Initially, I rolled my eyes at it because I imagined only the sludge of the universe would get offended at so seemingly innocent a thing. However, I think there is a salient point to some of the opposition.
To be clear, it doesn’t excuse some of the hateful rhetoric that has been slung in response to these events, nothing ever could justify that. I also believe that most men are cognizant of the amazing women that populate their lives and only want to see the best for them. However, I can’t help but feel that this isn’t really in the spirit of Wonder Woman’s character and that if the shoe were on the other foot, the outrage would be ten times worst.
It’s one thing to acknowledge our differences and celebrate them, but it’s another thing entirely when you preach about and breed a culture of inclusion, then start singling out groups. As a male Latino, I don’t think it would be okay to have male only or Latino only screenings. So why would women only be ok? My biggest problem with this issue is that it sets precedent, however benign it seems. It leaves the window open to having exclusive screenings for other “groups” and it’s not really in the true spirit of equality.
That’s not Wonder Woman. She fights for humanity, all of it. If she didn’t, she never would have left the Amazons on Themyscira. It’s the entire crux of her origin story.
Should this really be a thing or am I looking at this all in the wrong way? I would love to hear what you guys think, especially from my female readers. Let me know in the comments below.