‘Wonder Woman’ uses her power for positive change

Jacquelyn Hurtado/ Contributing Writer

Actress Gal Gadot recently said she would not be a part of the much-anticipated “Wonder Woman” sequel if producer Brett Ratner and his RatPac Entertainment were to be involved in the production, according to Indie Wire. Ratner has been accused by several women in Hollywood of sexual harassment and assault, which is everything that Wonder Woman goes against.

For some time, women seem to have accepted their roles in society. In the 1990s, the third-wave of feminism began the advocation of equal opportunity and pay. However, the momentum of third-wave feminism seems to have fizzled out over time as actresses take the roles they are offered, simply because getting any role is better than not having a job at all.

In “Wonder Woman,” Gadot was paid $300,000 while Ratner gained large financial benefits from the film’s success. Actors like Chris Evans, Tom Holland and Gadot’s fellow “Justice League” costar, Jason Momoa, were offered picture deals that were four to six movies, according to Screen Rant. Gadot was only offered a three-picture deal.

Despite not being given equal opportunity and pay, Gadot has been gaining more popularity and, with it, more power from the success of  “Wonder Woman.”

By refusing to work with Ratner, Gadot is using that power to completely cut him off from the film. This is very important because a film as empowering for women as “Wonder Woman” cannot be associated with people like Ratner who represent the heteropatriarchal culture that dominates society.

Gadot’s hard work and passion finally paid off as she finally confirmed on NBC’s TODAY Show on Nov. 15 that Ratner would no longer be involved with “Wonder Woman 2,” according to MSN.

Infographic made by Maytinee Kramer

Gadot used her voice to take away Ratner’s financial power, and he will no longer be benefitting from the success of “Wonder Woman.” Ratner will also no longer have the privilege of using power and money to save himself from the consequences of his actions.

This event has highlighted Gadot as a strong feminist role model that is not afraid to break out of gender roles and take action against powerful men like Ratner. She didn’t simply accept the role as Wonder Woman in the second film; instead, she took a risk.

Men like Ratner and Weinstein have been using their wealth and influence for a long time to silence women and maintain their thriving careers. Gadot has shown everyone that women are not objects that submit when facing powerful men, but are active subjects that also have power.

Gadot has transformed into a significant female figure that is showing us how power should be used: for positive change. Instead of using the power to cover up her mistakes like Weinstein or allowing Ratner’s power to sway her actions, she did what was morally right.

Gadot became a real-life Wonder Woman.

 

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1 Comment on "‘Wonder Woman’ uses her power for positive change"

  1. I loved this writer. It gives me hope for better society when young people like Ms. Hurtado participate in these discusions and take moral responsibility.
    Go Panthers !

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