Wonder Woman is coming to theaters in just a couple of weeks, and a lot of theaters are already selling advance tickets and getting ready for the big DC release. One of those theater chains, the infamous Alamo Drafthouse, had a different sort of screening in mind, putting together a screening for a "ladies only" viewing of Wonder Woman. Not everyone was happy with the concept, but Alamo Drafthouse responded yesterday by adding a second screening in Austin, Texas.
The Drafthouse decided a ladies night would be the perfect sort of special screening for a movie like Wonder Woman, as it's the first big budget female-led superhero film to come out of the latest set of DC movies. (It also beat Marvel's Captain Marvel to the punch.) The theater encouraged ladies to "lasso" their gal pals and partners and bring them in for a ladies only showing, noting:
Apologies, gentlemen, but we're embracing our girl power and saying 'No Guys Allowed' for one special night at the Alamo Ritz. And when we say, 'People Who Identify As Women Only,' we mean it. Everyone working at this screening -- venue staff, projectionist, and culinary team -- will be female.
The screenings for the June 2 premiere night of the movie are already sold out, but that didn't stop some people on the Internet from complaining. Some dudes on the theater's Facebook page said they didn't thing the Alamo Drafthouse was encouraging "equality," while others pointed out that the Drafthouse had never encouraged a "male only" showing of the movie, to which the Drafthouse responded:
We've never done showings where you had to be a man to get in, but we *did* show the Entourage movie a few years ago.
The Drafthouse is currently working on more screenings of this ilk for Wonder Woman, if you are interested in going to a showing for women only. If you are a dude who is pumped for Wonder Woman, or who wanted to see the flick with your partner or whole family, there are still about a bajillion (I'm really good at math, so take that at face value...) screenings out there that you can attend, even at other Alamo Drafthouse locations, not to mention all the AMC's, Pacific Theaters, Megaplex locations, not to mention theaters like Brenden, Premiere, Regal, Wehrenberg, Starlight, B&B, Cinemark and more across the United States. Reports indicate Wonder Woman's a fun time, but we'll have to wait a few weeks before we get everyone's opinion on the new release. For now, check out what we know about Patty Jenkins' big blockbuster flick.
UPDATE: Alamo Drafthouse has since issued another statement about the women-only Wonder Woman screenings, saying:
Obviously, Alamo Drafthouse recognizes Wonder Woman is a film for all audiences, but our special women-only screenings may have created confusion - we want everybody to see this film.
Wonder Woman hits theaters this Friday, June 2.