I know it sounds like a really weird concept, but it just might be crazy enough to work.
During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Wonder Woman actor Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins were discussing the sequel to her wildly popular Wonder Woman movie, Wonder Woman 1984, and talking about how it was so special that a moment during the very beginning had brought her to tears.
She said how she could remember being a little girl in Israel, sitting in a cinema watching Wonder Woman do all these amazing things. Gadot said that seeing these things are impactful for girls and that even though the film hasn’t even been released yet, making the film has been impactful on them.
Rachel Smith noted that it may have been emotional for her since Gadot has two daughters. Gadot agreed but wanted to make something very clear.
“I got to tell you. It’s not just for the girls,” said Gadot.
Gadot said that while it’s good to talk about female empowerment, we need to focus on both sexes, not just on one.
“We can’t just empower women only by focusing on women,” said Gadot in her Israeli accent. “We also need to educate the boys and the men. So, ya know, a young boy that goes to see, in the cinema, this amazing woman — does these amazing things…that he believe a woman can do that.”
“It goes both ways,” she said.
What a novel concept.
What Gal Gadot just did is simple, but powerfully effective. What she didn’t do was make the same mistake Brie Larson did with Captain Marvel or the mistake Elizabeth Banks did with Charlie’s Angels.
There’s an idea within feminism that states that the sexes are somehow opposed to one another and are enemies. Too many Hollywood actors have taken this to heart and attempt to make “girls only” vibes around their movies. In their movies, they make men the enemies, or if not enemies, then they make them idiot sidekicks.
In the Ghostbusters 2016 film, a male played the role of both simultaneously.
Then, when their films flop or, at least, aren’t received well despite the financial success, they blame men for their failure despite having insulted them.
Gadot wants to promote female empowerment but isn’t buying into the “us vs them” idea of modern feminism. She understands that the support of men is integral to the success of females, just as it is the other way around, and is encouraging men and boys to come to see her movie as well.
Wonder Woman is a big tent kind of movie, and because Gal Gadot made it so welcoming, the big tent production will get big money.
Not being mean to people. What a bold strategy.
Gal Gadot continues to impress both on and off the screen.