‘Wonder Woman’: Patty Jenkins Addresses Heroine’s ‘Sexy, Skimpy Outfit’

Wonder WomanThe director of Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins, spoke about the criticisms some people had regarding Wonder Woman’s outfit.

With the first major female led/female directed superhero tentpole film coming out in a little under a week, Patty Jenkins has paved the way for future female directors and crew members by answering the most rudimentary of questions and criticisms. A variety of criticism has been drawn towards the heroine’s costume, with some deeming it too sexy or skimpy.

During an interview with CBS This Morning’s Alex Wagner, Patty Jenkins spoke about the issue, after the reporter stated the character is a “feminist icon”, while wearing a “skimpy, sexy outfit.” Wagner also went on to say the following:

“Some people say you can’t have both, what do you say about that?”

Patty Jenkins responded by stating the following:

“I think that that’s sexist. I think it’s sexist to say you can’t have both. I have to ask myself what I would apply to any other superhero. This is fantasy and it’s not for anyone other than the person having the fantasy. I, as a little girl, like took a huge amount of delight in the idea that for my power and my ability to stop that bully on that playground, I could also look like Lynda Carter while I was doing it.”

Another facet of controversy the film has stemmed comes from U.S. theater chain Alamo Draft House. The theater chain announced that they will be holding a series of women-only screenings for the film.

While the review embargo for DC’s latest hasn’t lifted yet, the consensus has been positive on both sides of the spectrum. Be sure to check back closer to the film’s release to check out our review.

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Directed by Patty Jenkins, the film stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Lucy Davis, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, and David Thewlis.

Wonder Woman hits theaters on June 2, 2017.

Source: CBS

10 Reasons To Be Optimistic About ‘Wonder Woman’

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Wonder WomanThere’s a fair amount riding on Wonder Woman, DC’s summer blockbuster, for more reasons than just being the first major female superhero movie made. It follows up two divisive entries in the universe, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. While successful, the performances of both at the box office and with critics merited re-evaluation by the filmmakers in the form of corporate restructuring and written mea culpas.

Despite these stumbles, there’s many reasons to be optimistic about Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot was well-received as Diana Prince in Batman v Superman, it’s set in the past, focusing on one character after two ensemble pictures, and both Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns add directorial and comic credibility, respectively. Plus, it’s no small thing that DC Films will beat Marvel Studios to the first female superhero movie, despite the latter having made over a dozen movies to former’s four. It’s important milestone for representation in pop culture.

Here’s 10 reasons to be optimistic about the Wonder Woman movie. Click Next to start!

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Aahil Dayani

Aahil Dayani

Aahil Dayani is a writer and film enthusiast from Toronto, Ontario. When he isn't writing about movies, he pretends to watch them.

  • Bill

    Jenkins is awesome.

  • Comic books have always shown off the physiques of characters whether they are male or female. They are idealizations and to that extent, yes, it includes a sort of Greco-Roman ideal of the perfect body. Not for nothing, when people exercise for combat this is indeed the type of fit body they end up with! The costumes show off their bodies to emphasize them being at the peak of fitness.