The new Wonder Woman trailer came out on Saturday and the reaction has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic. Facebook feeds, Twitter streams, and YouTube videos exploded with excitement at the product. What has missing over the last 24 hours is someone who points out the obvious: Paul Feig’s “slime Ghostbusters critics as sexist” strategy only demonstrated his intellectually bankruptcy.

There are not armies of men (at least in western nations) who have a problem with seeing strong women on film. That was a lie meant to divide people for Sony’s benefit.

The Wonder Woman trailer wraps a giant “lasso of truth” around Mr. Feig’s desperate attempt to save his shoddy product. You cannot get any more “girl power” than Wonder Woman, and every time a shameless Hollywood producer tries play the sexist card in the future they should be punched in the face with the collective fist of fan-approval for Wonder Woman.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

36 comments

  1. Do you know what? I don’t plan on seeing Ghostbusters. Not because i am anti-feminist. Not because i am outraged a ghostbuster film has an all female team. Why? Because i cannot stand any of Paul Feig’s films. I don’t find Melissa McCarthy funny. I also can’t stand Kristen Wiig in comedic roles.

    Wonder Woman i will see. Gal Gadot looked the part on her (limited) screen time in BvS and I want the character to succeed.

    The trailer looks excellent. I am someone who is very much interested in WW1 and it will be a nice change of pace to see a superhero film set then.

    Here’s hoping its better than BvS

    1. I do love the fact those yanks seem to have discovered WW1, even though a lot seems to be about how those dam fine americans saved the day on the Western Front or about as historicly accurate as Indiana Jones.

      Wonder Woman and it’s trailer does seem to generate a lot of positive vibes with people.

    2. “I do love the fact those yanks seem to have discovered WW1, even though a lot seems to be about how those dam fine americans saved the day on the Western Front or about as historicly accurate as Indiana Jones.”

      The history books will show that Wonder Woman and the U.S.A saved your butt in WWI and Captain America and the U.S.A. did the same during WWII. 😉 Back-to-Back World War Champs, bvdemier!

    3. “The trailer looks excellent. I am someone who is very much interested in WW1 and it will be a nice change of pace to see a superhero film set then.”

      Agreed. I have always found it strange that more movies about WWI are not made… There is plenty of drama and heroism to be mined there.

  2. As has been previously noted here and elsewhere, Feig and Sony obviously realized that their movie was going to bomb, simply because it was lousy, and they tried to squelch criticism by playing the “if you don’t like it, you are a sexist” card.

    Given DC’s track record, I am not confident about the Wonder Woman movie. But even if it is awful, I will have to go see it anyway, because Gal Gadot.

    The things we do for love.

    1. “Given DC’s track record, I am not confident about the Wonder Woman movie. But even if it is awful, I will have to go see it anyway, because Gal Gadot. The things we do for love.”

      The movie would have to get universally panned for me to stay away opening weekend, and even then I still might see it. After all, I did see Fantastic Four out of sheer morbid curiosity…

  3. I love her theme music.

    It’s kind of disgusting for the fans to admit they want Gal to sit on their faces. I use the word admit here, since I won’t admit it…ok I just did

    After seeing Chris Pine on ST:Beyond, I don’t dislike him near as much as I did. Think the idiot performance on the other Treks was more JJ than anything else.

    WWI is somewhat nuanced. Liberal filmmakers avoid it because nuance is something they talk about, not depict on screen. That said, I have this feeling the film is going to be counting on our ignorance here and scream proto-NAZI’s!! LOL

    Waiting for the theme of audience criticism to turn to “You only like her cause sexism!!!!!” There’s only one way feminists react to anything…you’re wrong. And there’s only one thing clear about much of the pop feminist crowd nowadays, they are completely immune to logic, shame or their own hypocrisy.

    To complete my bookend commentary…I love her theme music…think that’s going to be my main workout theme.

    1. “I love her theme music.”

      Agreed!

      “It’s kind of disgusting for the fans to admit they want Gal to sit on their faces. I use the word admit here, since I won’t admit it…ok I just did.”

      Thanks for putting the blog moderator in an awkward spot, Chuck! 🙂 Those darn “Ghostbusters” sexists are still sexist because, ummm, they’re attracted to an attractive woman. We will only make true progress when Warner Bros. makes an obese Wonder Woman who is embraced by the fans.

      “After seeing Chris Pine on ST:Beyond, I don’t dislike him near as much as I did. Think the idiot performance on the other Treks was more JJ than anything else.

      I will be posting a Star Trek: Beyond review pretty soon. I wanted to get it up tonight, but I’m pretty pooped.

      “WWI is somewhat nuanced. Liberal filmmakers avoid it because nuance is something they talk about, not depict on screen. That said, I have this feeling the film is going to be counting on our ignorance here and scream proto-NAZI’s!! LOL.”

      True.

      “Waiting for the theme of audience criticism to turn to “You only like her cause sexism!!!!!” There’s only one way feminists react to anything…you’re wrong. And there’s only one thing clear about much of the pop feminist crowd nowadays, they are completely immune to logic, shame or their own hypocrisy.”

      Haha. I wrote my comment about obese Wonder Woman before getting to this line! Heh. I was just going down your comment and responding point by point. That’s funny that we were basically thinking the same thing.

    2. I actually think (or hope, rather) that they chose to set the film in WWI instead of the more obvious WWII exactly because of its moral ambiguity. She’s pretty much got to lay low for 100 years after the events of this movie, right? If it was set during WWII, there would be a clear good guy and bad guy, with methods of warfare that were a little more adverse to needless casualties when compared to trench warfare. I’m thinking that all of the needless horror of The Great War is going to drive her away from Man’s World, at least in the sense of being a highly visible superhero.

  4. I watched the trailer and did an eye roll at the end regarding Wonder Woman commenting on his secretary being akin to a slave. By the way, don’t the Amazons have a queen who tells them what to do?

    I am of a mind not to feed any narrative that our betters set. So when someone says, “You just hate powerful women!” regarding my dislike of a film or anything else, I have no desire to prove them wrong because the accusation is devoid of any validity. I like feminine women; I reject the concept of a powerful women. So I’m not cheering for a good movie to be made about powerful women because I don’t care about that entire narrative–a narrative that is designed to reshape reality.

    All this being said, I agree the reaction to the trailer has been positive. Assuming people disagree with all that I dislike about what is being pushed (and I believe many people will disagree with me), then WW looks like a much better movie than Ghostbusters appears to be.

    1. “I watched the trailer and did an eye roll at the end regarding Wonder Woman commenting on his secretary being akin to a slave. By the way, don’t the Amazons have a queen who tells them what to do?”

      Pagan gods would certainly be throwing stones in glass houses to criticize western civilization in 1914… Heh.

      “I like feminine women; I reject the concept of a powerful women. So I’m not cheering for a good movie to be made about powerful women because I don’t care about that entire narrative–a narrative that is designed to reshape reality.”

      Are you just talking about a physically intimidating woman, or any outward appearance of power? (e.g., a female CEO or head of state?) I don’t agree with you on this one.

    2. The term “powerful women” is a term designed to subvert culture. It is a term that says, “Anything men can do women can do too–and they can do it better than incompetent men.”

      “Powerful women” is a term that says, “We don’t just want women in charge–everywhere and always–but they have to be in charge and humiliating men at the same time.”

      This is all part of the same war that has been waged on the U.S. by feminists and other Marxists since the early twentieth century.

      But like I said, I expect to be in the minority….

    3. “But like I said, I expect to be in the minority….”

      I just think your initial comment about “rejecting the concept of powerful women” is one that needlessly puts you in a position where you have to do exactly what happened here — unpack it for people who are normally inclined to give you the benefit of the doubt.

      I think a woman can be powerful, feminine, independent, and nurturing at the same time; it’s all about finding the proper balance. When you start getting into Marxism then it’s like, “Okay, we can debate that,” but the initial comment is likely to send a lot of would-be allies melting into the bushes like Homer Simpson trying to get away from Ned Flanders.

    4. I think one of the worst things about modern feminism is how it makes femininity into something weak and undesirable, so I get the point.

      I think we could use more Golda Meir’s and Margaret Thatcher’s however, and these ladies were hardly a part of the popular feminist movement.

      I’ve been in enough gym’s, and have interacted with enough female soldiers/marines though not to really look down on physically competent women. Of course a woman isn’t generally as strong as a man. I’ve never seen any of these women attach a gender agenda to their chosen fitness style or even suggest such a thing however. They sure haven’t given up their femininity.

      Anyway, the idea of a ‘powerful’ woman being desirable is as old as western civilization, the deities Atalanta, Artemis and Athena to name a few, sure, it’s all myth, but myths don’t grow in a vacuum.

      Wonder Woman was invented by a pretty weird guy, still I think over the years she’s been depicted more on her feminine side than her pure power. Honestly, it’s a weird sort of anti-feminism to her character, even as she’s worshiped by feminists…she’s an envoy of peace, usually the voice of the softer road, and has an affinity for motherhood and children, she’s kind, approachable, diplomatic and courteous…the ultimate ‘tool of the patriarchy’ by today’s feminist standards. Don’t know what the movie will do to her however.

    5. “Of course a woman isn’t generally as strong as a man. I’ve never seen any of these women attach a gender agenda to their chosen fitness style or even suggest such a thing however. They sure haven’t given up their femininity.”

      Well said.

    6. “I think a woman can be powerful, feminine, independent, and nurturing at the same time; it’s all about finding the proper balance. When you start getting into Marxism then it’s like, “Okay, we can debate that,” but the initial comment is likely to send a lot of would-be allies melting into the bushes like Homer Simpson trying to get away from Ned Flanders.”

      I agree, Doug. I’m certainly not a feminist, but I also believe that a woman can be powerful, feminine, independent and nurturing at the same time. I have nothing against strong female characters at all.

  5. While a good point, i think a more fitting comparison would be between Ghostbusters and last year’s The Force Awakens. Both are reboots of a very well known franchise and both are female led.

    The only difference being The Force Awakens offers more beyond having a Politically Correct Lead and doesn’t attack audiences or cause controversies for the sake of publicity.

    1. “While a good point, i think a more fitting comparison would be between Ghostbusters and last year’s The Force Awakens. Both are reboots of a very well known franchise and both are female led. The only difference being The Force Awakens offers more beyond having a Politically Correct Lead and doesn’t attack audiences or cause controversies for the sake of publicity.”

      I agree. Thanks for reading and sharing your point of view IndyPrimera. I appreciate it.

  6. Has anyone else noticed that her colors were much brighter in this trailer than her colors in BVS? I hope they decided that they could brighten things up a bit. I would love to see this movie become a big hit, then we can watch the SJW group scramble for new excuses when a bad movie fails.

  7. Dropping to 4th place in only its second week out is pretty bad. I’ve noticed a striking silence about it across the entertainment news websites.

    1. “Dropping to 4th place in only its second week out is pretty bad. I’ve noticed a striking silence about it across the entertainment news websites.”

      Its performance indicates that even the über-feminists talking about how great it would be decided to stay home. 🙂

    2. That’s the thing about feminists, whether they’re complaining about movies, shows or games — they demand you accommodate them, even in fields they don’t care about. Males must not have anything that they enjoy that belongs to them, no matter how nerdy or obscure it is.

      Even your movie about blue-collar exterminators who capture paranormal creatures using high technology they invented in dangerous conditions (where every part of that is something women would never be interested in) must be taken from you and given as a gift to feminists who won’t actually bother watching the movie, because they never cared about sci-fi. The important part is that you know it’s not yours anymore, not that the people it’s given to actually want it.

      Feminists try to pressure companies into changing things to the way they like, even though they didn’t buy the product before and they won’t buy it after even if you do what they want (see Anita Sarkeesian talking about how she never played video games growing up).

    3. “Feminists try to pressure companies into changing things to the way they like, even though they didn’t buy the product before and they won’t buy it after even if you do what they want (see Anita Sarkeesian talking about how she never played video games growing up).”

      Don’t even get me started about that fraud Sarkeesian. It’s amazing how quickly her story changed as soon as people started throwing her money. Her allies in the media have also hid the fact that she used to date a con artist and helped him out with a few of his cons, so that’s where she learned the art of deception.

  8. I wonder if Wonder Woman first appearing in the “BVS” film may have affected the difference in initial reception of the two franchises? Although attempts to get the a movie or TV show for the character have flopped in the past, I’ve gotten the impression that most people liked her in “BVS,” which would make a sell of a solo film a lot easier, esp. if it has a good trailer.

    Conversely, I recall that the “Ghostbusters” reboot got a lot of flack when the idea of it was first announced, fairly or not. In that case, the makers were trying to sell an idea without any sort of “sneak peek,” so to speak — and remaking a movie that’s near and dear to the hearts of a lot of people is going to be a touchy topic in movie circles to begin with. Also, while I didn’t hate their trailer the way other people did, it made me think “Huh, that could be interesting to see sometime,” not “I want to see that ASAP,” which is what the trailer is supposed to do.

    (As far as the “Ghostbusters” controversy, I think that some of the critics were unfair and nasty — esp. before the movie was actually released and it could be judged for its own merits or lack thereof — but I also think the producers botched their reactions, esp. in lumping everyone in one group and being as rude as the worst of the general public.)

  9. I’m actually excited for this movie. Unlike the Ghostbusters reboot, it looks pretty good. Plus, Gal Gadot is gorgeous, and I think she’ll be a much better Wonder Woman than Lynda Carter was. Carter has always struck me as being a snob.

    I also saw that the SJWs are freaking out (which is a daily occurrence) about Gal Gadot being a former member of the IDF: http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2016/07/25/israeli-wonder-woman-star-attacked-twitter-zionist-pro-idf-views/

    Never mind that being in the IDF is a big reason why she was cast in the first place, not to mention that she probably has Krav Maga training and could easily kick the a**es of any SJWs if she wanted to do.

    1. Wait until the SJW’s find out that Henry Fonda, Kirk Douglas, James Stewart, Medgar Evers, Sammy Davis, Lee Marvin, Bea Arthur, George McGovern, Gene Autry, Johnny Carson, Woody Strode, Charlton Heston, Dashiell Hammett, Andy Rooney, John F. Kennedy, and Mel Brooks all served in the US armed forces during WWII, and took part in oppressing the poor German Nazis and Japanese Imperialists.

      Gal’s IDF service is one of the coolest things about her.

      Yeah, she could mop the floor with her critics. She can also fire a 5.56mm rifle without getting PTSD. I guess that disqualifies her from getting a job at the New York Daily News.

      IMHO, Gal Gadot and Lynda Carter were both good as Wonder Woman, in different ways. Lynda was right for the semi-campy TV series, and Gal is perfect for the darker tone of today’s action movies.

  10. Why can’t you just say that a lot of movies with female leads aren’t interesting, especially action movies? That it’s not realistic to have a woman in an action lead role (though it’s obviously alleviated somewhat by the superhero thing), and makes for bad drama since nobody wants to see a woman get the crap beaten out of her? That you almost invariably end up with a lame Mary Sue (see also Rey) because nobody wants to offend the noisy feminists, so the woman has to be awesome at everything and never fail and never get beaten by a man?

    Why is it so hard to say these obvious things, Doug? Why do we all have to tip-toe around the obvious even when we claim to be anti-feminist? Who are you apologizing to? Who are you afraid of having judge you harshly? I just don’t get this attitude.

    1. “Why can’t you just say that a lot of movies with female leads aren’t interesting, especially action movies? […] Why is it so hard to say these obvious things, Doug? Why do we all have to tip-toe around the obvious even when we claim to be anti-feminist? Who are you apologizing to? Who are you afraid of having judge you harshly? I just don’t get this attitude.”

      Are you saying “you” in a general sense, or are you posing the question specifically to me? Are you referring to my disagreement with Paul? I thought I articulated my position in a decent manner, but if not I can further explain. I think Chuck did a good job expanding on my point of view.

    2. I don’t think he’s apologizing to anyone, dude. He’s just expressing his opinion. I don’t and never have considered myself to be a feminist, but I don’t have a problem with strong female characters and I think that the Wonder Woman movie looks good. The Alien movies are good and they had Sigourney Weaver as the lead, though the less that is said about the Alien 3 and Resurrection, the better.

    3. “I don’t think he’s apologizing to anyone, dude. He’s just expressing his opinion. I don’t and never have considered myself to be a feminist, but I don’t have a problem with strong female characters and I think that the Wonder Woman movie looks good.”

      Thanks, Carl. I must admit, I was a little confused by Eidolon’s comment. My track record of calling out weird feminist stuff is pretty strong, so I’m not sure why my opposition to Paul’s statement would somehow imply that I’m afraid of being judged.

      If a girl watches Wonder Woman and it inspires her to be the best she can be — mentally, physically, and spiritually — then I’m not sure how that can be a bad thing…

    4. “Thanks, Carl. I must admit, I was a little confused by Eidolon’s comment. My track record of calling out weird feminist stuff is pretty strong, so I’m not sure why my opposition to Paul’s statement would somehow imply that I’m afraid of being judged.”

      I was also confused by his comment and thought it weird that he would imply that you were afraid of being judged. You’ve been calling out weird feminist things for years, so I don’t know why he’d come to that conclusion.

      “If a girl watches Wonder Woman and it inspires her to be the best she can be — mentally, physically, and spiritually — then I’m not sure how that can be a bad thing…”

      Same here. I actually hope this movie does well. When it was first announced, I was afraid it’d be like the Lynda Carter series from the 1970s, but the trailer proved me wrong. The WWI setting is also interesting to me because it’s the one war that Hollywood seems to ignore. Not that there haven’t been WWI movies before (All Quiet on the Western Front, the War Horse and Gallipoli come to mind), but there seems to be more WWII movies.

    1. “Do you think you’ll be talking about the Killing Joke?”

      Hola, Conner. I will eventually get to The Killing Joke, but I’m honestly behind on … everything blog-related this week. I’m in Chicago for a friend’s wedding while also working and catching up with family. There will be a post on movie, but I can’t give an exact date.

  11. Hollywood doesn’t make a ton of war movies these days, only if some anti-America message can be derived from the war. It’s hard to do that with WWI, since one of their Presidential faves got us into it, and the Yank ended it. Maybe if they quit making historical flicks in combinations of sepia tones and mud, there would be more interest.

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