Alicia Silverstone Confused About The ‘Wonder Woman’ Hype

Alicia Silverstone Wonder WomanDespite the major critical and box office success that Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is getting, it seems like a former Batman & Robin star is confused about the big hype behind the new DC film. Alicia Silverstone, who played Barbara Gordon Wilson a.k.a. Batgirl in the fourth Batman installment back in 1997, recently expressed some of her thoughts about the reception behind the Amazon Princess’ new film.

While the actress doesn’t necessarily criticize Wonder Woman, Silverstone definitely wonders why this particular female led film is getting the strong reception that it’s getting, compared to the other female driven movies in the past. Silverstone brings up films like Bridesmaids, Mean Girls and Clueless as examples throughout her explanation.

“There’s ‘Bridesmaids.’ There’s a movie out right now…with tons of girls [Scarlett Johansson‘s “Rough Night”]. I’m sure it’s killing it, right? 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.”

Silverstone did however question whether Hollywood should listen more to audience members of the superhero genre when it comes to celebrating female empowerment. As a mother, she doesn’t feel kids should see films that are celebrated for their flashiness.

“It has to be ‘Wonder Woman.’ It has to have tons of flash, right? Like when you’re looking at children’s films now, as a mom, I don’t want my kid to see all that. Loud effects, all the stuff that’s like stimulate, stimulate! But that’s what audiences want, so it’s a tricky thing. Sometimes it’s just the quieter more interesting things sometimes get seen because they touch someone enough.”

“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.”

Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is now playing in theaters.

Source: Page Six

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht is an online entertainment journalist who has been covering television and movies since 2010. In addition, he is also a podcast producer.

  • Nathan_12thMan

    Her first point is mute because it mainly doesn’t have to do with women in film, it has to do with a female lead superhero movie. There have been some before (Elektra, Catwoman) but this one is of the most popular female Superhero of all time and a symbol of feminism in pop culture. The fact that it was smashed out of the park is a huge deal to a ton of people.

    Her second point is sorta just…meh. So you as a parent (speak just for yourself, not other parents) believe Wonder Woman (I seriously question if she has actually seen it) is too flashy and stimulating for her kids. Okay. Well, it is your right to not allow your kids to see it then. Problem solved. It is a big superhero blockbuster movie, are you wanting it to be bland? Unstimulating? Dull? Are you wanting Superman and Wonder Woman and Spider Man and Iron Man to be sitting around and talking? I don’t understand what her desire is for big blockbusters to be (let alone superhero ones).

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  • Maxi Iroh

    I’m confused from the fact that she’s confused

  • chaburchak

    I’m confused as to why someone dug up Alicia Silverstone to ask her this question…