By Sydney Fromm
I recently saw Batman v. Superman: The Dawn of Justice. It. Was. Awesome. As I walked into the theater I knew we would be introduced to Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, but I did not expect to fall utterly in love with her.
For those less educated in DC universe, Wonder Woman/Diana Prince was introduced in the 1940s as an Amazonian daughter of Queen Hippolyta from Paradise Island (later renamed as Themyscira).
Armed with her Lasso of Truth and Sandals of Hermes, Diana kicked some serious butt in the human world and came to the aid of superheroes such as Aquaman, The Flash, and, of course, Superman and Batman.
Cue Batman v. Superman. Through the nearly three hour-long film, Diana Prince was by far the most interesting of our three heroes. Don't get me wrong, I love Henry Cavill... er, I mean Superman. And Ben Affleck was surprisingly good as the Dark Knight. But Diana Prince stole the show. Not only is she classy AF, but she’s also intelligent, funny, and so BA.
Throughout the film, Diana mainly interacts with Bruce Wayne. She and Clark Kent get some time at the end of the movie, during one of the most epic fight scenes of all time. It was made abundantly clear Diana is one powerful, powerful woman.
The line that embodies the feminist nature of Wonder Woman is said between our two male heroes. When Diana shows up to the fight, (and totally kicks butt, might I add) Superman asks, "Is she with you?" To which Batman replies, “I thought she was with you."
Diana Prince is her own woman— not a sidekick. Instead of being at our male heroes' beck and call, Wonder Woman shows up to the party fashionably late and completely slays, while keeping her own agenda.
Wonder Woman has always been considered a feminist character, and for good reason. In a universe dominated by male superheroes, Wonder Woman is a lady who can hold her own and rival any male counterpart, all the while embracing her femininity.
Needless to say, I cannot wait for the Wonder Woman movie coming in November 2017. Gal Gadot is the perfect Wonder Woman for our generation— saving the heroes and kicking butt while she does it.
(Image via Warner Bros.)