This’ll be the last one, I promise. Probably. Sorry to keep complaining, but it’s just really bothering me. Especially when I saw the full page of the kiss. Maybe I’m over-reading into things, but they really seem to be putting Wonder Woman in a secondary, passive kind of role here.
First off, there’s the cover:
Superman is flying, and appears to have scooped up Wonder Woman to go in for the kiss. He’s got his arms wrapped around her while she just sorts of lays there. Yeah, she’s got the lasso around him, but he seems none too constrained. He’s clearly the active party in this embrace. It’s like he’s taking Lois for a kissy flight or something (exactly like that, in fact).
Then, when Entertainment Weekly broke the story last week, they tweeted out that they had an announcement about “Superman’s new, ‘wonder’ful leading lady.” It was announced in the context of “Superman’s got a new girlfriend,” not that two superhero heavyweights were getting together. Again, Superman was the focus.
EDIT: On Twitter, @jonarrah reminded me that on Good Morning America they referred to Wonder Woman as a “new sexy sidekick” for Superman, which is pretty much exactly what we’re talking about here. A lady can’t be her own, autonomous superhero (like she’s been for 70 years…). She’s got to be secondary to a man, especially once a romance starts up.
Then there were those dopey match.com profiles. Wonder Woman was “a princess searching for her prince,” while Superman’s said: “I need a woman who can keep up with me and my busy schedule!” Wonder Woman’s profile is like a fairy tale, all yearning for a big strong prince to sweep her off her feet. Superman’s is all active and strong… he’s busy and on the move, and if some chick can possibly keep up with that then he’d probably give her a go. Yet again, very different roles.
And finally, there’s the full page kiss:
Wonder Woman is practically enveloped by Superman. She’s curled up in his lap, hand against his chest, head slightly back. In both images, it’s Superman making the move, and here he’s again holding her and pulling her in, in control of the action. In both pictures, they’re not kissing so much as Wonder Woman is being kissed.
So two things… one, it’s WONDER WOMAN. She’s a take charge kind of gal. This fairy tale crap, swept up by some dude scene isn’t her at all. If she’s going to hook up with a guy, SHE’s going to hook up with a guy and the guy should probably just hang on tight.
Two, come on!! Putting the woman in the secondary, passive role ALL the time isn’t cool. They’re doing this even in little ways, like it’s always “Superman and Wonder Woman” and never the other way around. I’m not saying that Wonder Woman needs to be the primary, active participant ALL the time, just that they could maybe even it out some. This is getting a lot of press, and all of it is making Wonder Woman look like the lead of a romance novel. It’s getting on my nerves.
Anyway, hopefully that’s the last I have to say about this. I’m going to try very hard to stop complaining now!!