Wonder Woman is undeniably a landmark film — it’s the most successful superhero movie starring and created by women, and continues to dominate the box office to the extent that it’s done better financially than any other DCEU movie thus far. However, it’s not blowing away everyone, in particular, ’90s pop culture icon Alicia Silverstone (Clueless), who doesn’t quite get why the film is such a big deal.
The former Batgirl actress recently spoke with Variety at Cannes Lions in a conversation that spanned her latest TV Land sitcom American Woman and, yes, Wonder Woman. The Batman & Robin star was very vocal about her confusion surrounding Wonder Woman’s positive attention as a female-driven superhero film, suggesting that there have been plenty of important films starring and created by women (not quite getting that the film is a big deal in the context of the genre).
“Before Wonder Woman…Wonder Woman? Before Wonder Woman there have been many movies with female leads, so I get a little confused,” Silverstone 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.”
She added, “I don’t know. I just feel like, over the years, there was Mean Girls, there was Clueless, over time we have had so many movies that have been female-driven.”
“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.”
“We have made strides, of course…It’s like a few steps forward and back.”
Now the top-grossing film domestically in the DC Extended Universe, Wonder Woman has grossed more than $663 million worldwide.
In theaters now, the film stars Gal Gadot as Diana, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Robin Wright as General Antiope, Danny Huston as General Erich Ludendorff, David Thewlis as Ares, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Elena Anaya as Doctor Poison and Lucy Davis as Etta Candy.
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