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The Wonder Behind Wonder Woman

Expecting to make more than $175 million in its opening weekend, Warner Brothers’ and DC Comics’ Wonder Woman is going to be the film of the summer.

Starring former Israeli defense soldier Gal Gadot, this is a film about women, directed by a woman.

By: Landon Funk

Featuring successful female actors, Olympians, models, athletes, and more as the Amazonian women, Wonder Woman celebrates what it means to be a woman.

In an interview with Yahoo!’s Katie Couric, Gadot said,

Wonder Woman is the most powerful warrior ever, and power and strength are qualities that usually go hand-in-hand with men, and not with women, and we realized that, for us, it’s so important to keep all of the feminine qualities… like love, and compassion, and warmth, and kindness. And I think that once you have all of these beautiful qualities and you combine it with the strength and the power, you get a beautiful, inspiring character.

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She is not wrong. In fact, Wonder Woman’s creator William Moulton Marston used this same thought process to create the superhero we know and love today.

Marston, also known for inventing the lie detector, was fascinated with the Women’s Suffrage and Birth Control movement during the 1940s.

While the men went to fight the Axis of Evil during World War II, women took control of their lives, moving from homemakers to career chasers. Because of these women, Wonder Woman became an American icon.

In each narrative that Marston wrote – he was the author of Wonder Woman from 1941 to 1947 – the protagonist would always end up tied up, shackled, and constrained by a male villain.

She would be unable to move and access her powers, making her completely powerless.

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Nevertheless, she persisted. Breaking free of the Wonder Womanmale-imposed bindings was symbolic of women redefining their role in American society.

From her inception to now, Wonder Woman has been a symbol of female empowerment, urging women to shatter the glass ceiling. This film could not have come out at a better time.

While the film had no intention of being a feminist power film when it started pre-production almost four years ago, it will almost assuredly become one.

Since the 2016 presidential election, feminists and women from all over the world have joined forces to show the Trump administration that we are here and are not going anywhere.

Like Wonder Woman, we have broken free from the bindings of our male-dominated society.

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No matter how hard the men in the White House try to put us back into those constraints, they will never succeed.

Like the Amazonian Princess Diana (aka Wonder Woman) once said,

Go forth unto this waiting world with pen in hand, all you young scribes, the open book awaits. Be creative. Be adventurous. Be original. And above all else, be young. For youth is your greatest weapon, your greatest tool. Use it wisely.

Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman opens everywhere on June 2. It is time to break free.

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Do you remember Wonder Woman when you were a kid? What did she stand for, in your eyes? Share with us in the comments!

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