One of the reasons that so many are looking forward to the new Wonder Woman movie is because it will be the first comic book movie that will focus on a woman who is equal to superpowered men. Others, however, have a very different view of the character. Those critical of Wonder Woman were successful in having her removed as an Honorary Ambassador of the United Nations for the Empowerment of Women and Girls. Now those who support the character are critical of that decision, including the woman who is about to play her on screen, Gal Gadot.
When Wonder Woman was given the title, many cheered because the character is seen by many as an inspiration. However, as Time points out, a petition online called Princess Diana "a large-breasted white woman of impossible proportions" and said that she wasn't the character that should be representing women and young girls. There's really no argument that Wonder Woman has been drawn with some fairly insane proportions over the years. She's been a superhero Barbie doll for a long time. However, nobody is arguing that this isn't the case, instead, the point should be that isn't all she is.
And to be fair, that isn't all she is. The fact that Wonder Woman's upcoming film is so highly anticipated shows just how important the character is. Marvel has been criticized for the fact that female heroes have not been as important in their cinematic universe and DC appears ready to pounce on something that fans seems starving for. Wonder Woman is the woman who can stand toe to toe with Superman. Certainly in some way she can act as a role model to young girls. Fictional characters act as role models all the time. Of course, the potential problem is that the look of Wonder Woman might create unreasonable image issues for those girls.
The question appears to be, do you criticize Wonder Woman for her biggest problem, or let that go in order to embrace the better things about her? Gal Gadot certainly thinks the latter is the case. How about you?
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