The release of DCEU’s Wonder Woman movie has occasioned heated arguments along many of the sharpest culture war fault lines. Wonder Woman has been the cause of arguments on everything from MCU vs. DCEU to the Arab/Israeli conflict to the role of feminism in the film.
That last one heated up most notably when the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater chain announced that it would hold women-only screenings of the film at its locations in Austin and New York. The screenings sold out quickly, but drew some backlash from a certain subset of fandom who complained of reverse sexism. Now, the director of Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins, has weighed in on the women-only Wonder Woman shows.
Jenkins, speaking in an interview with Southern California Public Radio’s The Frame in which she touched on various aspects of what the film and its success have meant to women, also addressed the women-only screenings, and struck an even-handed tone:
“I actually have sort of mixed feelings about all of that only because I do believe in not excluding anyone from anything. And so, on the one hand, I’m so delighted by those screenings and want people to be able to have those screenings. On the other hand I can imagine being offended if I’m excluded from those screenings, particularly because Wonder Woman herself has a very, very passionate fan base, many of whom are men.
And many of whom are men who are disenfranchised from their own gender or their own identity. And I would never want to leave them out of anything, you know? … I could switch to either side of the argument, but I certainly think it’s wonderful … there have not been that many female-skewed things and certainly there have been many, many male. So I celebrate that.”
Jenkins is the director of the film, and therefore in the best position of anyone to have a definitive opinion on this particular matter. And within the context of a promotional interview for the film it’s hard not to blame her for giving a neutral, non-controversial answer.
That said, it’s sort of ridiculous that this relatively innocuous promotion, held in a small handful of movie theaters for a handful of showings and attended only by a couple of hundred theatergoers, registered in any way as a national controversy. As has been made clear by its record-breaking box office, no one of any gender was prevented from seeing Wonder Women.