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The Heroes We Need

Screen Shot 2017-07-17 at 12.37.34 PMAll image credit goes to the creators of the respective films or franchises that own them! Wonder Woman is owned by Detective Comics.  Doctor Who is owned by the BBC. Respective Game of Thrones characters are owned by HBO and George R. R. Martin.

The Wonder Woman: Dawn of Justice movie was everything I could have hoped that it would be.  It was the tear-jerking superhero film I needed – not a tear-jerker in the traditional sense, no.  It was a tear-jerker in that it showed a strong, feminine superhero grow into the legend we now know her to be.

Wonder Woman is, in my opinion, what feminism aught to be: filled with morally strong women who strive for the equality of everyone without demeaning anyone.  She is feminine, but can kick butt and take names without blinking.

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“I GUESS I GOTTA TRY. MY FATHER TOLD ME ONCE, ‘IF YOU SEE SOMETHING WRONG HAPPENING IN THE WORLD, YOU CAN EITHER DO NOTHING, OR YOU CAN DO SOMETHING.’ AND I ALREADY TRIED NOTHING.”

-STEVE

The movie did raise many controversial topics (such as the treatment of the Native Americans as well as racism and sexism), but it raised them in a graceful, calm way.

I full-out CRIED in the middle of about 70 other people while watching the first fight Screen Shot 2017-07-17 at 12.39.00 PMscene in Wonder Woman.  CRIED.  There she is: the only Superhero who should have kicked off female leads ON SCREEN IN FRONT OF ME.  As the lady in the text post above stated: HER THIGH JIGGLED.  Dude, my mom and I thought that was pretty boss.  They LOOKED for a woman who had those skills already and worked them to the advantage of the film [rather than taking someone like… Angelina Jolie (who actually fought pretty hard for the role a few years ago) who… basically would have had to learn everything from scratch].  As someone who was always the “works-out-a-lot-pretty-tough-and-fight-for-the-little-guy person” who was bullied in school for being stronger and larger than the other girls, Wonder Woman was the hero I looked up to.  I didn’t have any women like that in my life and she presented a warrior mother figure that was incredibly vital to me at that time.

STEVE: “THIS WAR IS A GREAT BIG MESS, AND THERE’S NOT A WHOLE LOT YOU AND I CAN DO ABOUT THAT. I MEAN, WE CAN GET BACK TO LONDON AND TRY TO GET TO THE MEN WHO CAN.”

DIANA: “I AM THE MAN WHO CAN.”

Screen Shot 2017-07-17 at 12.50.07 PM.pngShe can accept when she is wrong, she is polite… most importantly, she is COMPASSIONATE.  Compassion seems to be something greatly lacking in society today.

Also, she lifted a FRACKING TANK.

While, yes, there are some issues with the film (what film doesn’t have some parts that could have been better?) would you really want Anna Kendrick’s Squirrel Girl to be the female Superhero to kick off (what we hope is) the female lead series?

“I USED TO WANT TO SAVE THE WORLD. TO END WAR AND BRING PEACE TO MANKIND. BUT THEN, I GLIMPSED THE DARKNESS THAT LIVES WITHIN THEIR LIGHT. AND I LEARNED THAT INSIDE EVERY ONE OF THEM, THERE WILL ALWAYS BE BOTH. A CHOICE EACH MUST MAKE FOR THEMSELVES. SOMETHING NO HERO WILL EVER DEFEAT. AND NOW I KNOW, THAT ONLY LOVE CAN TRULY SAVE THE WORLD. SO I STAY, I FIGHT, AND I GIVE, FOR THE WORLD I KNOW CAN BE.”

-DIANA

Now, I would like to take a second to talk about how everyone seems to be pretty… Screen Shot 2017-07-17 at 12.53.23 PMsteamed that the new Doctor is a woman.

Ok… so… I get the petty baby nerds being upset because… well, let’s look back at how mad they were over the Wonder Woman film.  Seriously.

Doctor Who has always held a certain magic about it that has carried over for GENERATIONS.

The MASTER regenerated into a FEMALE.  Come on, guys.

Doctor Who is filled with both beautiful and moving scenes and themes as well as humorous ones.  Some episodes are fantastic… others… not so much.

BBC sometimes just needs the “you tried” gold star and let’s forget about some episodes.

“The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t always spoil the good things and make them unimportant.”
— The Doctor, Season 5, Episode 10

It is a new era, granted, however….

Screen Shot 2017-07-17 at 12.59.43 PM.pngWith us Whovians knowing for FRACKING YEARS (first mentioned in Eccleston’s time, I do believe) that the Time Lords can switch genders come Regeneration time, WHY are people surprised? They have been teasing it FOR YEARS.

Now, I will admit, I am a bit nervous about a female Doctor.  And I’ll be even more honest, it is because we’ve gone 50+ years with a male Doctor.  Poor lady is going to have to KILL IT in order to keep the theme going.

Every new Doctor has been met with hate until people realize they like them.

“There’s a lot of things you need to get across this universe. Warp drive… wormhole refractors… You know the thing you need most of all? You need a hand to hold.”
— The Doctor, Season 6, Episode 6

Give her a chance, I beg you.  It is like when Scarlett got cast as Black Widow – she killed it, but people hated until they saw what she could do.

 

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If Wonder Woman taught us anything: do not judge the little girls, they breathe fire.

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SNAPS FINGERS IN DRAGON FORMATION.

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