wonder woman

Wonder Woman 1984

God I really really wanted to like WW84. I saw it was getting terrible reviews and I thought, “That can’t be right, surely, the first one was so damn good.” But… nope, they’re right. Three problems:

[big spoilers ahead]

1. (the most unimportant problem) it’s way too long. This could have easily been split up into two movies. There was no dang reason for it to last two and a half hours.

2. Everything about Cheetah/Barbara. I thought Kristen Wiig’s performance was really good considering what she had to work with, but the implications of her story are so squicky. Her wish “to be like Diana” which kicks her turn to evil off, that wish is made in response to her getting sexually assaulted. (Diana does not offer to walk her home after saving her from the sexual assault either, jeez.) And then she almost gets sexually assaulted by the same guy again, but her beating him up is presented as a bad thing rather than justified considering the circumstances. Add to that the fact that her initial behavior towards Diana reads more like a romantic crush than anything, and add to that the tired old trope of the dowdy girl who wants to be sexy but that makes her evil as well … it’s just a hot mess.

…and by the end she looks like an extra from Cats. I’m sorry. She does.

3. Oh boy. Okay. So yes, Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor appears in this movie, because Diana wishes him back with a magic rock. Except when Dead Steve returns it’s in the body of an already existing person, a person who has their own apartment and job and presumably a life, and this is just…never mentioned. Diana, our heroine, is absolutely not concerned in the slightest that her getting her boyfriend back condemns an innocent stranger to death. When she eventually gives up Steve it’s to get her powers back, not because of the aforementioned. Again, she does not care about this at all and is willing to go to almost any lengths to keep Steve. (Yep, the famously feminist Wonder Woman does very little in this movie not involving her boyfriend.) Oh, and Steve doesn’t really seem too bothered about this either, despite the fact that by following Diana into battle he risks death or injury to a body that isn’t his. The guy Steve possessed shows up at the very end of the movie alive and well, which okay that’s good but…

This movie shows Diana and “Steve” in bed together. Assuming they had sex, which is a pretty fair assumption, Diana slept with a person who had the ghost of a dead WWI pilot possessing his body and thus could absolutely not consent. This movie didn’t just make Diana a cold obsessive throwing her morals away for a man, it also made her a rapist.

So yeah, I can see where the bad reviews are coming from.

Happy International Women’s Day!

To celebrate the occasion, here’s some of my favourite ladies from fiction!

Row 1: Amy Pond (Doctor Who), Sephy Hadley (Noughts and Crosses), Gamora (Guardians of the Galaxy/MCU), Rose Tico (Star Wars), Elsa (Frozen/Disney), Melissa Chartres (The Last Man on Earth)

Row 2: Eowyn (The Lord of the Rings/Middle Earth), Quinn Ergon (Final Space), The Thirteenth Doctor (Doctor Who), Princess Bubblegum (Adventure Time), Jane Foster (Thor/MCU), Amy Santiago (Brooklyn 99)

Row 3: Brook Soso (Orange is the New Black), Nebula (Guardians of the Galaxy/MCU), Erica Dundee (The Last Man on Earth), Kitty Winter (Sherlock Holmes), Rose Tyler (Doctor Who), Briony Tallis (Atonement)

Row 4: Meredith Quill (Guardians of the Galaxy/MCU), Missandei (Game of Thrones), Rey (Star Wars), Donna Noble (Doctor Who), Carol Pilbasian (The Last Man on Earth), Esmeralda (The Hunchback of Notre Dame/Disney)

Row 5: Sansa Stark (Game of Thrones), Ash Graven (Final Space), Tiana (The Princess and the Frog/Disney), Sophia Burset (Orange is the New Black), Misty (Pokemon), Clara Oswald (Doctor Who)

Row 6: Bill Potts (Doctor Who), Mary Brown (Paddington), Mako Mori (Pacific Rim), Gwen Stacy (Spider-Man), Jackie Tyler (Doctor Who), Ursula Ditkovich (Spider-Man)

Row 7: Yaz Khan (Doctor Who), Mary Jane Watson (Spider-Man), Marceline (Adventure Time), Michelle (10 Cloverfield Lane,), Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow/MCU), Mantis (Guardians of the Galaxy (MCU)

Row 8: Eponine Thenardier (Les Miserables), Mabel Pines (Gravity Falls), Sandra Kaluiokalani (Superstore), Padme Amidala (Star Wars), Martha Jones (Doctor Who), Jasmine (Aladdin/Disney)

Row 9: Beru Whitesun (Star Wars), Nakia (Black Panther/MCU), Diana (Wonder Woman), Chummy Browne (Call the Midwife), Rosa Diaz (Brooklyn 99), Leia Organa (Star Wars)





This is my new fav picture.

The best part about this is that it’s completely plausible that it’s a totally casual thing. The Justice League has to crash in a hotel room together and share a bed. We already know Diana has no qualms about sharing her bed with men without any sexual connotation to it. And Batman and Superman are bros (usually depending on your preferred continuity), so this is basically just Superfriends cuddling in bed like it’s casual.

They’re also on a fold-out sofa which suggests they are, in fact, in the basement of the Kent family home. 

Ma Kent is not going to be pleased when she sees all three of them are still wearing their shoes. 

Clark: Would you relax?

Bruce: There’s an actual pillow right there.

Clark: Look, if you’re not comfortable…

Bruce: I’m never comfortable.

Diana: Both
your flanks are guarded by people who can punch out mountains. Clark
has super-hearing. You have literally never been safer in your life.

Bruce: Does Clark have super waking-up-if-there-are-ninjas powers?

Clark: Yes. Go to sleep.






One thing that makes Steve Trevor work in Wonder Woman is that they manage to hit the “Tries and fails to be protective” angle, but without any of the normal sexism you see in that trope. 

It’s not “No honey, this is a job for a MAN, You can’t do that!” it’s “Diana! Stop! No! PEOPLE DIE WHEN THEY DO THAT! You can’t do that! I CAN’T DO THAT! NOBODY CAN DO THAT…Except You, apparently” 

Yes! Exactly! And not only that but there’s no wounded pride scene where he goes like “How could she do that?”, “Why didn’t you tell me you could do that?” blah blah blah. Instead, he’s more like “Woah, can you show me more?” and “Hey guys, you know that thing we haven’t been able to do? SHE’S DOING THE THING! LET’S GO!”

I feel all of this exceptionally strongly for having Whedon’a script floating around out there, showing so starkly how to do all of this only wrong, only awful.

I hate most hetero relationships in films but honestly Steve’s romance with Diana was not only bearable but enjoyable to me in those moments.

After the first few times she shows him her abilities, he totally rolls with it and just lets her charge on ahead. He wants to protect her, but he trusts her skills and he’s practically giddy when she succeeds.

Steve never assumes Diana she can’t do things ‘because she’s a woman.’ He assumes, rather, that Diana has the same vulnerabilities as her fellow Amazons, a number of whom he personally watched get felled by bullets whilst battling gun-weilding fascists on a beach. 

This is an entirely fair assumption to make considering even Diana, at the beginning of the film, does not realize that she is a god among mortals. Her mother raised her to think of herself as human.

Steve starts off assuming Diana is a highly competent, albeit human warrior, because she introduces herself to him as an Amazon, and he’s seen the Amazons in action. He knows what the Amazons are capable of. He’s seen them die from bullet wounds. He’s also seen them win a battle against technologically advanced fascists using only bows and arrows and parkour.

As soon as Steve realizes that Diana has godlike powers, he adjusts his expectations accordingly. He no longer expects her to have the vulnerabilities of a human warrior once she’s proven otherwise.


The thing about Steve is, he’s not consciously trying to be a feminist ally. He’s just reasonable.

He makes logical conclusions based on his observations. He draws new conclusions when he observes new phenomena that contradict his previous assumptions. 

He uses basic common sense.

And that’s the beautiful thing about this screenplay. It does a great job of illustrating how illogical sexism is, and how diametrically opposed sexism is to common sense.

If you discover someone you were flirting with yesterday can repel bullets, the logical reaction is awe. A reasonable human being would be awestruck. It would be absurd to get defensive. Yet we, the audience, expect the male protagonist to get defensive because that’s what we’re used to seeing from male protagonists. 

We are so used to male protagonists with comically inflated egos, that it’s shocking to see a male protagonist put common sense ahead of his ego. We are so used to seeing male protagonists make sexist assumptions that we are surprised when they instead draw logical conclusions. 

The opposite of a sexist is a reasonable human being.


If you need to stop an asteroid, you call Superman. If you need to solve a mystery, you call Batman. But…


But I knew that if only you could see what the other Gods could not, then you would join me, and with our powers combined we could finally end all the pain, all the suffering…destruction they bring. And we could return this world to the paradise it was before them.