Wonder Woman has grossed $438.5 million worldwide so far, making it the best box office debut for a female director ever, reports Forbes. Patty Jenkins, the first female director to ever take on a feature with a budget over $100 million (which in and of itself is shocking when you think about how many blockbusters are released each year), is an absolute goddess. The film scored great reviews (93% on Rotten Tomatoes) and featured its female star, Gal Gadot, in a way that no male director ever has. Never was there a gratuitous shot of her form, skimming from top to bottom as so many cameras do. Those shots are like cinematic catcalls projected on huge screens worldwide. Of the power imbalance, Jenkins says, “When you think about how many tentpoles there have been, it’s behind the curve. … I felt super passionate about her not losing anything. I wanted her to be everything she wanted to be—beautiful, kind, loving, but also badass, strong and amazing."
All this aside, there’s a certain aspect of the film that went wholly unnoticed, at least for a while. One that, in one Tumblr user’s opinions (along with the opinion of over 90,000 commenters) is incredibly important. The user’s post, “Creative Words, Powerful Ideas,” points out that Gadot’s body wasn’t digitally altered in the film. The evidence? Her thigh jiggled when she landed. It’s unbelievable to think that’s something we’re not used to seeing on screen. Even Cara Delevingne (a celebrated supermodel, mind you) had her waist digitally thinned for Suicide Squad.
“Watching a superhero movie directed by a woman,” the post reads, “is like putting glasses on for the first time. I didn’t realize how much I had to squint through the ‘male gaze’ [until] suddenly, miraculously, I didn’t have to. There were absolutely NO eye candy shots of Diana. There were Amazons with aging skin and crows feet and not ONE of them wore armor that was a glorified corset. When Diana did the superhero landing, her thigh jiggled onscreen. Did you hear me?... Wonder Woman’s thigh jiggled on a 20-foot tall screen in front of everyone.”
The author continues, “Because she wasn’t there to make men drool. She wasn’t there to be sexy and alluring and flirt her way to victory, and that means she has big, muscular thighs, and when they absorb the impact of a superhero landing, they jiggle, and.that’s.WONDERFUL.”
Glamour says of the post, “Pop culture’s dedication to only one form of female beauty—white, young, and skinny—has debilitated women’s self-esteem for years. It’s about damn time for movies and television to show that every age, skin color, and body type is beautiful—and capable of kicking some serious ass too.” We couldn’t agree more.