Wonder Woman has completely turned the superhero genre on its head (opens in new tab), and everyone is understandably thrilled. Well, everyone except Alicia Silverstone, who is quite confused about why people are so excited, TBH.
During an interview with Variety, Silverstone seemed *deeply* unimpressed by Wonder Woman, and even pseudo-forgot the film's name.
"Before Wonder Woman...Wonder Woman? Before Wonder Woman there have been many movies with female leads, so I get a little confused," she said. "We have made strides, of course. I think about, what about all those wonderful comedians who are females who have had massive hits? There's Bridesmaids. There's a movie out right now...with tons of girls. I'm sure it's killing it, right? I don't know. I just feel like over the years...there was Mean Girls. There was Clueless. Over the time, we have had...there's been so many movies that have been female-driven, but we have also always had these pay issues."
Silverstone then seemed to express disappointment that a film like Wonder Woman is what got people talking: "It has to be Wonder Woman. It has to have tons of flash, right?" she said. "Like when you're looking at children's films now, as a mom, I don't want my kid to see all that. Loud effects, all the stuff that's like stimulate, stimulate! But that's what audiences want, so it's a tricky thing. Sometimes it's just the quieter more interesting things sometimes get seen because they touch someone enough."
All valid (...maybe?), but the excitement over Wonder Woman isn't just the fact that a woman is in a movie. It's the fact that the male-dominated superhero genre has finally embraced a story of female strength and accomplishment, that said story was written by a woman, and that it's KILLING IT at the box office.
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Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.
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