Wonder Woman is set to open up this weekend to the tune of a $100 million box office take which is a big win for females in the lead role of big budget blockbuster movies. While we are in an in an era of enlightenment with how the world views women, not everyone feels positively about the movement. Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas received fierce backlash for hosting a women-only screening of Wonder Women.
“The most iconic super-heroine in comic book history finally has her own movie, and what better way to celebrate than with an all-female screening?” the announcement reads. “Apologies, gentlemen, but we’re embracing our girl power and saying ‘No Guys Allowed’ for one special night at the Alamo Ritz.”
While there are several angry comments from people, Alamo Drafthouse has come out and stated that it was all in fun and to celebrate a momentous occasion.
“We are very excited to present select, women-only Wonder Woman screenings at Alamo Drafthouse,” said Morgan Hendrix, Alamo Drafthouse creative manager, in the statement. “That providing an experience where women truly reign supreme has incurred the wrath of trolls only serves to deepen our belief that we’re doing something right. As a result, we will be expanding this program across the country and inviting women everywhere to join us as we celebrate this iconic superheroine in our theaters.”
Wonder Women first appeared in October 1941 in a time when women were thought of not as superheroes but as homemakers who were extensions of their husbands. Even as a comic book character, Wonder Women blazed a trail as a strong, independent women long before most people would even consider accepting it as reality. She was also created with the belief that criminals should be reformed, not destroyed and her creation was inspired by the women’s health movement in the early 1920s.