The superhero realms, at least the ones we’ve seen on film, have mostly been a guys’ club. Sure, we’ve had our share of female heroes (and “heroes”), from Catwoman to Black Widow to Harley Quinn, but those women began as villains who needed some convincing. Wonder Woman, however, is good through and through, and it’s about time she had the chance to shine. She’s also the first woman to play with the big boys — and win. And that’s saying a lot.
Wonder Woman slayed the box office for the second straight week, and did so in impressive fashion. It held strong, its numbers barely taking a dip from its opening week. Always a good sign.
But enough with box office numbers. Let’s discuss what Wonder Woman is doing for the kids. Director Patty Jenkins shared a letter sent to her by one of her producers. It came from a woman who works at a kindergarten and she listed all the amazing things Wonder Woman has inspired in the children she sees every day. Try to control your exploding heart.
My producer just sent me this… ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! This makes every hard day worth it. Thank you to whomever wrote it!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/3DzIaMueIh
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) June 11, 2017
OH. MY. GEE. While a lot of the examples are more funny than anything else, it’s impossible to not be moved by those words. Kids just GET IT. Some boys want a Wonder Woman lunchbox — just as much as some girls want a Thor one. And if they didn’t know it before, now they do: women can do anything. It’s why we need more movies like Wonder Woman. And until we get them, we’ll just have to watch Wonder Woman over and over again to provide us with plenty of inspiration.
If the movie continues to do well, it’s not only because more and more people are starting to realize it’s not a chick flick, it’s also that it’s so much more than a superhero movie. Sure, it has an amazing story with talented ninjas behind the scenes, and a killer cast owning their roles but it’s a movie that makes you believe that some things won’t be bad forever.
Sure, we’ve all seen little girls dressing up as Wonder Woman, be it online or on our Facebook feeds, and in spite of some of them looking a little young to be taking in a movie with that kind of violent content, some parents believe the message Wonder Woman is sending is too important for them to miss: that women can do anything and doing good can make all the difference. Maybe us oldies are too jaded to live by Diana’s principles but these kids? There’s hope for them yet.