Episode 061: Wonder Woman

We go for the team-up this week by calling in Andrew Dyce for this special episode on DC’s newest entry into their comic book film universe. Wonder Woman let into theaters shouldering an enormous weight as the first female-directed and led superhero movie. Not only has it garnered incredible financial success in its first weekend, but it has received overwhelming praise as something fresh, new, and necessary. We dig into the film and have a great conversation about its themes and importance to the future.

What We’ve Been Up To – 0:01:52

(Aaron – You’re Next)
(Patrick – The Last of Us)
(Andrew – American Gods/Twin Peaks: The Return)

Wonder Woman Review – 0:21:14

The Connecting Point – 1:40:04

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Joel says:

    I liked your show. First episode I’ve listened to; heard about you from Popcorn Theology.
    So one thing in hearing others talk about Wonder Woman that seems so obvious to me but I have yet to hear someone else mention it (granted I’ve only listened to two discussions).
    One of the main themes that struck me about the movie, the character of Diana in particular, was how her story seems to resonate with our society today, at least here in the States.
    She grows up sheltered, protected from the outside world, but instilled with a great sense of honor and nobility, not just for herself, but the Amazons, who she sees as the defenders of mankind. When confronted with the “real world” she immediately identifies the “one thing” that will “fix” the problem; kill Ares and all will be right in the world again.
    She enters the world idealistic yet naive; of course this will be easy, but she quickly begins to discover that the issues in and with the world and mankind are way more complicated than just one “cause”. Her origin happens when her idealism impacts reality.
    I think this story resonates with so many today who have entered the world with grand dreams and seen them fall flat, not because they are incapable, but because their idealism prevented them from seeing the complicated “reality” of humanity. I think Diana’s story speaks to the disillusioned in our society who are highly capable, but feel ill prepared; educated yet uninformed.

    1. thisispatch says:

      Great thoughts Joel! Yes, I can see how that can be reflective of the world we live in as far as seeing it through rose colored glasses. I also see her as a character who, despite this, doesn’t change who she is or compromise her identity because of the world around her. I think (even being a huge fan of Superman) that she represents the best version of what hope can look like, enduring and uncompromising. I love that even through her journey into the realistic world, her ideals weren’t compromised. She may have adjusted but that’s what makes her stronger to me. Thanks for sharing!

      1. Joel says:

        And I think that is also one of those things that makes her unique (at least in my awareness) in the superhero genre; she is fully aware of who she is and what her “mission” is, with total 100% confidence in her ability to achieve it. So many origin stories are about someone “becoming” a hero by doing the heroic. She was born as a hero and acted within her character. Her actions didn’t define her character, her character defined her actions. She doesn’t have the typical, “What’s my place in this world?” inner turmoil that seems to define the vanilla cookie cutter superhero.
        Sure, there were some details as to how she came to be and who she truly “was”, but the unwaveringness of her confidence and character was so refreshing in this increasingly angst ridden superhero genre.
        And ultimately it wasn’t her view of herself that adjusted, but her view of mankind.

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