I think I hit on something important with “Wonder Woman”. And something scary:
The reason conservatives don’t see feminist propaganda in this movie, despite the fact that it is being marketed and promoted as feminist propaganda, is that they genuinly don’t see the concept of female warriors as “feminist”.
It’s the pattern I’ve been seeing. People go to the movies expecting feminist propaganda and come out and say “It wasn’t that at all!”
“Well, was the movie lead by a warrior woman who proved she can hack it with the men?”
“She was portrayed as a role model for young women? A person to emulate?”
But I think I get it. Female warriors were never the problem. Women who kick ass like men were never the problem. This is what modern society has turned into – that we should be cheering on women invading male spaces (again, lest people are tempted to go “She’s just an Amazon, not a real woman!”, Gal Gadot is promoting this movie by literally showing men how to properly beat people up) because the movie talks about other pretty good things and also because it doesn’t bash men outright.
These are our standards now.
Do I think there can be such a thing as a good female superhero movie? Indeed I do. Here’s a good example of how it could work.
And “Wonder Woman” is not that.