Are you a woman who had mixed feelings about Wonder Woman? It’s all going to be OK, because Funny or Die has a safe space where you can let it all out, girl. There was a lot of pressure on Patty Jenkins’ film to succeed as a female-led superhero movie in a genre that is still overwhelmingly male-dominated. One wrong move and we could have had another Elektra on our hands—and then we might have had to wait another decade for our next female-driven superhero movie.
Fortunately, Wonder Woman turned out to be a perfectly competent movie and a box-office smash, much to the relief of people who like seeing women on screen without being outnumbered 10 to 1 or as more than flimsy love interests. But the pressure then shifted to fans, especially female fans, to get on board the Wonder Woman train—or else!
There may be a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women, but as the women of Funny or Die’s support group point out, there are still plenty of reasons to criticize Wonder Woman, whether that’s because it suffers from the same blockbuster bloat as other superhero movies or because it really isn’t as feminist as it seems on the surface. But pointing that out will probably draw the ire of both feminists and anti-feminists, so, uh, let’s just keep this between us, OK?