WILL WON­DER WO­MAN WOW YOU?

Une hé­roïne de notre époque ?

Vocable (Anglais) - - La Une - THE NEW YORK TIMES

Un bus­tier rouge et do­ré, une cu­lotte bleu par­se­mée d’étoiles blanches, un las­so et des bra­ce­lets ma­giques… Won­der Wo­man ap­pa­rait dans des re­vues de bandes des­si­nées en pleine Deuxième Guerre mon­diale. Cette fi­gure an­ti-na­zi est en­suite de­ve­nue l’un des sym­boles les plus forts du fé­mi­nisme aux Etats-Unis. La sortie de ses nou­velles aven­tures au ci­né­ma cette quin­zaine va-t-elle confir­mer la lé­gende ?

The cold, ugh, that was the har­dest thing about shoo­ting the mo­vie,” Ga­dot said du­ring an in­ter­view in Los An­geles in ear­ly March. Tall and ran­gy, she was eight months pre­gnant, with hair scra­ped back in a po­ny­tail and her face free of ma­keup. Ea­ger­ly ea­ting eggs and fruit, she chat­ted ea­si­ly about the role that might turn her in­to a hou­se­hold name af­ter “Won­der Wo­man” is re­lea­sed. 1. ran­gy élan­cé / scra­ped back ti­ré vers l'ar­rière / po­ny­tail queue de cheval / ma­keup ma­quillage / ea­ger­ly avec en­thou­siasme / hou­se­hold name cé­lé­bri­té. 2.The film will be the first su­per­he­ro mo­vie in over a de­cade to fea­ture a wo­man as its title cha­rac­ter, and the first time a fe­male di­rec­tor will be in charge of such a film. And it will al­so be the first time that Won­der Wo­man — a se­mi­nal cha­rac­ter da­ting from 1941 in the DC Co­mics uni­verse — will be the star of a fea­ture film. Male cha­rac­ters from the same stable, on the other hand, are consis­tent­ly re­boo­ted, re­flec­ting the ge­ne­ral be­lief that the au­dience for su­per­he­ro mo­vies is most­ly male.

3. As­ked whe­ther she felt the pres­sure of being the first ac­tress in a long time to car­ry a live-ac­tion su­per­he­ro mo­vie, Ga­dot lau­ghed. “When you put it like that, yes!” she said. “But at the end of the day, that can’t be so­me­thing that drives me. I tried to fo­cus on what is im­por­tant for me: the heart of the cha­rac­ter, and how to de­li­ver the best re­sult in the most in­ter­es­ting way.”

A GAMBLE

4. Ga­dot, who made her first ap­pea­rance as Won­der Wo­man in “Bat­man v Su­per­man: Dawn of Jus­tice”, is lit­tle-known to mo­vie­goers and re­pre­sents a gamble for the stu­dio. Ro­ven de­cli­ned to give a spe­ci­fic bud­get for the film but said it was “at the low end of what these mo­vies cost.” “Bat­man v Su­per­man” was es­ti­ma­ted to cost around $250 mil­lion.

5.The path to a Won­der Wo­man fea­ture film has been a long one for War­ner Bros., with va­rious de­ve­lop­ment pro­jects da­ting to the mid-1990s. In late 2014, af­ter re­ports that the stu­dio was loo­king for a fe­male di­rec­tor, Mi­chelle MacLa­ren si­gned on to the pro­ject but left a few months la­ter, ci­ting crea­tive dif­fe­rences. The stu­dio tur­ned to Jen­kins, best known for “Mons­ter.”

6.“I had been tal­king to them about ‘Won­der Wo­man’ for 10 years,” Jen­kins said in a recent Skype in­ter­view. “They were in­ter­es­ted, but they had a cer­tain idea of what they wanted to do, and didn’t feel I was the right di­rec­tor. Then, I think they rea­li­zed that they did want to go in my di­rec­tion.”

7.That di­rec­tion, Jen­kins said, was “a ve­ry straight­for­ward ori­gin sto­ry, true to the po­si­tive spi­rit of Won­der Wo­man, a great love sto­ry, a good sense of hu­mor.” To that end, “Won­der Wo­man” is fai­th­ful, she said, to the le­gend told by the ori­gi­nal co­mics.

FE­MI­NISM?

8. William Moul­ton Mars­ton, Won­der Wo­man’s crea­tor, po­si­ted Dia­na as an al­ter­na­tive to ag­gres­sive male su­per­he­roes. She is a pro­tec­tor of the in­no­cent, beau­ti­ful and good, as well as en­do­wed with su­per­po­wers, ma­gi­cal wea­pons and great strength. The co­mic- book dra­wings al­so convey sexual allure, with Dia­na in clea­vage-ba­ring bus­tiers and high heels that can seem at odds with the fe­mi­nist mes­sage the cha­rac­ter is said to em­bo­dy.

9.Ga­dot said that af­ter she got the part, fans cri­ti­ci­zed her breasts for being too small. She said she is fre­quent­ly as­ked how to re­con­cile her skim­py costume and the film’s mes­sage. “I think as a fe­mi­nist, you should be able to wear wha­te­ver you like!” Ga­dot said. “In any case, there is such a mi­sun­ders­tan­ding of the concept. Fe­mi­nism is about equa­li­ty and choice and free­dom. And the wri­ters, Pat­ty and my­self all fi­gu­red that the best way to show that is to show Dia­na as ha­ving no awa­re­ness of so­cial roles. She has no gen­der boun­da­ries. To her, eve­ryone is equal.”

10.Re­flec­ting on ma­king the mo­vie, Ga­dot said that as the mo­ther of two girls, she felt proud to have played a su­per­he­ro who can of­fer a new role mo­del. “We have seen so ma­ny male-dri­ven sto­ries, so the more strong, fe­male nar­ra­tives we have, the bet­ter,” she said. “I’m sure the mo­vie will ins­pire girls, but you can’t em­po­wer wo­men wi­thout em­po­we­ring men, too. I hope Won­der Wo­man will be an icon for them, too.”

“Fe­mi­nism is about equa­li­ty and choice and free­dom.”

Gal Ga­dot, at the Lon­don Ho­tel in Los An­geles. (Eli­za­beth Wein­berg/The New York Times)

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