I saw Wonder Woman this last weekend with my husband, 11-year-old son, and sister-in-law at a sold-out screening in Hollywood, CA. It’s being sold-out was significant partly because we’d screwed up getting enough tickets for our group, and my husband literally ending up getting the last seat in the theater, but also because this particular screening was in the Arclight Cinema historic Cinerama Dome which boasts an 800+ person seating capacity.
Most delightfully, the theater complex was packed with people, old and young, male and female, who were clearly super excited to see Diana Prince take her place in the superhero blockbuster pantheon. Tiaras, bracelets, and themed T-Shirts abounded…on men and women.
The crowd carried no hint of the various debates surrounding this landmark female-lead, female-directed, female-centric production. The mix of male to female viewers seemed notably even, to the extend that my son (again, 11-years-old and clearly a little sponge for all of the discussions about feminism he’s exposed to) expressed his surprise that there was such a strong male turnout. He then capped off his relieved observation with a sardonic, “Men these days.”
Oh, how I love my little feminist.
Anyway, it was certainly one of happier and more emotional theater experiences I’ve had in a long while. Hundreds of people from all walks of live oohing and aahing, laughing and crying, clapping and cheering for a long overdue cultural milestone.
(Oh…and when you’re ready for a spoilery discussion, remind me to give you my Steve Trevor / James T. Kirk theory. It’s ludicrous, and I stand by it 1000%.)
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Wonder Woman takes on Alien 3, and no one even mentions Harley’s wardrobe in The Killing Joke. Oh, and one of our special guests may have pulled the other special guest out of a hat.
Cast members: Bryant Dillon, Claire Thorne, Drew Siragusa, and Barbra Dillon
Special guests: Jon Armstrong (Magician, Board of Directors – Hollywood Fringe Festival) and Shawn DePasquale (Writer, Galaxys for Hire)
In which we discuss Wonder Woman’s underwear, sending Matt Damon to Mars again, British porn podcasts, and the testosterone content of the MCU.
Join me and the rest of the Fanbase Weekly panel, along with guests Steven L. Sears (Writer/Co-Executive Producer of Xena) and Joan Ford (Writer for Nerdist and Devastator Press, Killing It: The Action Girl’s Guide to Saving the World), for the latest Fanbase Weekly podcast.
Oh, and don’t forget last week’s episode, which I don’t think I’ve posted here yet. I was away on vacation and missed out on great discussions about Juno’s entry into Jupiter’s orbit, changes to Sulu’s character in the latest Star Trek movie, and the latest Pokemon craze to overtake the world.