Although Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman was released about a month ago, the conversation regarding the film's contents, critical reception, and box office performance has only continued. And while both Marvel and DC seem to agree about the significance of the blockbuster's success, it now appears that not everyone in Hollywood is quite as enthralled by Wonder Woman. In particular, Clueless actress Alicia Silverstone seems to be clueless as to why everyone is so excited about Wonder Woman's female lead. In her opinion, there are already plenty of female-led films of significance, including her own.
Before Wonder Woman ... Wonder Woman? Before Wonder Woman there have been many movies with female leads, so I get a little confused... We have made strides, of course. I think about, what about all those wonderful comedians who are females who have had massive hits? There's Bridesmaids. I don't know. I just feel like, over the years, there was Mean Girls, there was Clueless, over time we have had so many movies that have been female-driven.
She's totally buggin'. Although there have been plenty of female-led films before, I think Alicia Silverstone might be missing the significance of Wonder Woman's success.
The superhero genre is the most profitable one in Hollywood right now. Each film makes millions and millions of dollars at the box office, and team up movies like Captain America: Civil War are pop culture events. So having the genre be completely focused on male protagonists has the potential to send the wrong message to young girls in the audience, and is unfair for the many talented actresses out there. But Wonder Woman is the shining example of just how powerful, lucrative, and acclaimed superhero movies can be, especially those directed by and starring women.
So while Alicia Silverstone is right in assessing that this isn't the first time that leading ladies have dominated the box office, it IS a first for the film world's most wildly popular genre. And as the world of TV and film aids to become a more inclusive place, the timing for Wonder Woman's victory is important.
While I understand the importance of films like Bridesmaids, it's hard to put teen comedies like Mean Girls and Clueless on the same level. While they're classics and I can quote the entire script, those movies revolved around petty high schoolers. Wonder Woman deals with a complicated and compassionate young woman who is the most powerful person in any room. I'm not sure the comparison really stands up.
Wonder Woman is still currently in theaters. Be sure to check out our 2017 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.