Saturday June 6, 2020

Film: A superhero to pummel the patriarchy

The challenge of combining Diana’s mythological origins with a full-scale WWI film leaves a lot to accomplish

4th June, 2017
Saïd Taghmaoui, Chris Pine, Gal Gadot, Eugene Brave Rock and Ewen Bremner in Wonder Woman

By the end of this year, there will have been at least 60 (I lost count at 60) live action superhero feature films based on characters that originally appeared in either Marvel or DC comics.

Very few are based on female characters: Supergirl, Catwoman and Elektra. None of those distaff efforts inspired a sequel, let alone Spider-Man’s third franchise reboot in a decade. Any girl born after 2005 will have never seen a woman star in her...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

Sextech creates a platform for gender equality and diversity in sex education while challenging negative perceptions of how sex and sexuality are presented

Caroline West | 1 week ago

The possibly least ‘normal people’ in the world have watched Normal People, and are now mega-fans – and it’s all very exploding head emoji

Emer McLysaght | 1 week ago

Having traded his Six One News slot for the wireless two years ago, the RTÉ veteran now finds himself presenting Morning Ireland from his home in Portobello – but says the 4am starts are still worth it

Daniel Murray | 3 weeks ago