Gilbert Speaks on “Wonder Woman” in Today’s Society

15 Jun

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Wonder Woman has been around for a long time: first in comic books, then on television with the beautiful Lynda Carter. Princess Diana has been featured in three live action films: a television film that starred Cathy Lee Crosby; the 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; and the newest film to feature Princess Diana. Why did the Wonder Woman film touch the goddess within me and millions of other women? Meet me after the jump

The Man behind Wonder Woman

Comic books have been around for quite a long time. My father even sold comic books in our grocery story during the early 1950’s and you can be sure that my siblings and I read every one. The author of Wonder Woman is Dr. William Moulton Marston. Marston was a noted psychologist with a very controversial marriage. Although married to Elizabeth Holloway, Marston who had fell in love with Olive Byrne convinced his wife to share her home with Olive. Both women bore Marston’s children. Maxwell Charles Gaines wasn’t aware of Marston’s bohemian life style when he hired him.

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In 1941, Marston, who was a strong supporter of women’s rights, submitted a draft of his first script of Wonder Woman and her amazon heritage. There was a lot of bondage in those earlier comics with poor Diana being tied up or chained to a wall. You can read about Marston’s depiction of Wonder Woman in the above link. Luckily for us, Diana began to evolve into the Wonder Women we all know and love today: strong, independent, caring, and compassionate…and she’s just as capable of kicking butt as Superman and Batman.

Plot

DC Comics has done it again with the second live action film to feature the Amazon Princess Diana. Wonder Woman, played by the stunning and talented Gal Gadot, takes place in 1918 during the First World War. Hidden from the outside world, we watch as Princess Diana grows up on the idyllic island of Themyscira. The island which was originally called Paradise was a haven where woman could thrive away from the hostile world of humans, specifically male humans.

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Diana is led to believe by her mother Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) that she was created from clay and that Hippolyta and the other Amazon women were created by the god Zeus to fight the god Ares (David Thewlis) the god of war. The women live and train to fight on the hidden island until the day they can destroy Ares, and or save the world.

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After Captain Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), a pilot with the American Expeditionary Forces crashes in the waters of Themyscira, Diana saves him. It is then that she learns about the war to end all wars. Diana leaves her home and goes with Trevor to end the war by locating and killing the god Ares.

Conclusion

This film had it all: action; romance; fashion; a message. Patty Jenkins pulled off a miracle for DC Comics with this film. She gave us a superhero with backbone and curves. We were witness to the life of a female warrior. The women on that island were fierce and not afraid to die to protect each other.

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Captain Trevor was comfortable enough with his own manhood and psyche to fall in love with a strong woman. It didn’t matter that Diana was a goddess, or that she was able to cut a path through enemy lines as easily as slicing a piece of cake…Diana’s strength and self-assurance was not a hindrance for the man who knew his worth. Captain Trevor fell in love with a goddess, and she, with him.

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We so dearly need a superhero with integrity, especially in the present political climate of racism, nationalism, Alt-right mentality, and misogynist attitude. I wonder what Dr. William Moulton Marston would think about the political situation now with women’s health issues and rights being dismantled by a group of fearful men. He created his Wonder Woman to represent the true meaning of a female goddess. We, every woman living on this planet, are that goddess and we will stand united.

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2 Responses to “Gilbert Speaks on “Wonder Woman” in Today’s Society”

  1. lcbennettstern June 15, 2017 at 1:32 am #

    Great review! Loved the movie (and Chris Pine in particular!) Women rule — because we must!

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