The (Female) Force Awakens

It’s happening, finally. The importance of heroines isn’t being cast away and seen as something that’s not worth film-makers, comic book creators and TV producers time.

It’s a new year, and a new hope.

Alongside the blockbuster of the year, where Charlize Theron stole the throne from Tom Hardy’s Mad Max, we had some killer television.

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At the end of 2015 we saw Marvel’s Jessica Jones bring a harrowing, female-focused storyline to screens, where sexual and emotional abuse is shown at it’s most potent and it’s the male characters who go nameless.

Supergirl also hit screens, and even though it’s popularity has seemed to dwindle – it’s a shame. Supergirl was integral to my interest in superheroes. She was the attainable heroine, the one I could most relate to as a child.

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Lesser known, but still important were the Scream Queens and Scream series’. As a horror fan, these stand out. Dispite Scream Queen’s tongue and cheek look at slasher flicks and use of movie tropes, the cast is heavily female, and they are all very well fleshed out, with both heroines and villains.

Scream was perhaps one of my personal favourites, with the Scream series yet again warping perceptions and proving that it’s still well ahead on the horror trend, still relevant and cleverly self-aware.

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Then came Star Wars, and thank the universe. Rey gives little girls the hope we have been waiting for – the proof that you don’t have to ever be the damsel in distress, be sexualised, be provocative. That a female character can be just as universal as a male. Let’s teach little boys and girls not to worry about gender, to relate to the character and not the sex – young girls have to do this a lot more, as the hero of a blockbuster is very rarely a girl, so finding yourself in the shoes of a boy is common in our imagination.

Here’s an interesting article that illustrates this point beautifully and adds to our cause – we don’t need another hero, let their be more heroines.

New Statesman Article: What to do when you’re not a hero anymore

And another brilliant piece from Mary Sue: The Importance of Rey

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Interview: Cassandra Hipple, When Geeks Wed

Heroine Junkies caught up with fellow blogger, Cassandra Hipple, who runs fan-tastic blog, When Geeks Wed. She showcases some of the nerdiest and most creative weddings fandom has to offer… including proposals, cakes and other geek goodies! Check it out!
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HJ: I see you are married and had a Halloween themed wedding! Since starting up your blog, you must have seen many amazing ideas! If you could re-plan, would there be anything you would change/add to your wedding day?
CH: Definitely. I’ve been so inspired by all the weddings I’ve featured on my blog, and learned so much from them, that I wish I had spent a little more money on my own wedding and maybe even have changed the theme. I really want to do a video game themed wedding instead of our zombie theme, but then, my wedding had to be on Halloween (my favorite holiday) so zombies seem so much more appropriate. Another thing I would’ve changed would be the cake and venue.
There have been some amazing cakes on my blog which you would think cost thousands of dollars but in reality most of them only run a couple hundred or less. My black and white damask cake was $150…what could’ve been.  The venue, I wish had been another spot because it already had a gothic theme going so didn’t need much decorating. Looking back I should’ve spent the extra money for it because it would’ve been a great background for my wedding photos.
What inspired you to set up the blog to begin with? Why weddings?
Initially I just wanted to make a WordPress website and learn to code. I had already worked with Blogger and Tumblr on other blogs which I have since abandoned so I wanted to do a little more advanced coding and graphic design.
As for weddings, I can’t even remember why I choose to do weddings in the first place I think I may have blogged about the Portal 2 proposal on one of my other blogs and just ran with that theme on this one solely.
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I really like the Minecraft wedding as far as decor and all the little details. Of course the cake cutter from the Gears of War wedding was particularly epic.
Have you ever thought of taking the blog to a new level? Do you have any future plans for it? Cons, etc?
I would love to! The only thing that’s been holding me back is time. I already have a full time job so adding in blogging, answering emails and keeping up with all my social media accounts is like a whole other full time job on its own.
For the relatively near future I’ve spent some time coding in a shop and slowly adding products I hope everyone will love. I’ve also partnered with a few artists to sell their geek themed artwork through my shop with all profits going back to them and a charity of their choice. If anyone else is interested feel free to reach out to me.
I also really want to get to some cons this year! Hopefully I’ll be at SDCC and NYCC to spend some money and meet some of my amazing readers.
Do you get more women or men submitting to the site, or is it about equal?
More woman but I do get quite a few men submitting their proposals.

Cassandra, a beautiful example of when 'geek' and 'girl' unite!

Cassandra, a beautiful example of when ‘geek’ and ‘girl’ unite!

Would you describe yourself as a geek girl? – I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like if I do someone is gonna jump out and test me on my star wars knowledge or something…

Haha. Yes, I definitely would, but I think I have a more generalized knowledge of geek culture. Which is great for the blog because I can at least keep up with most fandoms, or in my case, know the wedding theme enough to write about it.
Do you think girls have a harder time in geekdom? There is this whole “fake geek girl” phenomenon when there is no “fake geek boy” idea… what are your thoughts?
I always find it really hard for me to answer questions like these because I’ve never experienced any negativity toward being a geek, a girl or a gamer. So my opinion can only stem from my own experiences so I would say no. I’m also pretty thick skinned so a comment that may affect someone else negatively I may just brush off with a really?
Do you find people still have a slight disbelief when you tell them you work in games/ play games/ walk into a comic store, etc… more so than you feel they show towards men?
I will say that I’ve walked into many a comic book shop where every guy as stopped and stared at me, but I think it’s cute.
Have you built up quite a vibrant geek girl/geek community around your blog?
I really hope to one day add a forum/community section to my blog so couples can ask questions or bounce off proposal ideas with other geeks.
I have regularly thought about setting up a similar sort of blog. I find there aren’t many UK based sites for geek weddings, do you get many UK contributors or vendors?
Actually yes, my site has a pretty good following in the UK and I find that UK wedding bloggers and vendors are particularly super nice and helpful. If you look carefully, you’ll find a unicorn (geek wedding) every once in a while on sites like Rock N Roll Bride.

Interview: Comic Book Slumber Party Extraordinaire… Hannah Chapman!

CBSP Logo Designed by Donya Todd (http://donyatodd.tumblr.com)

CBSP Logo Designed by Donya Todd (http://donyatodd.tumblr.com)

Aiming to create diversity within the heavily male-orientated world of comic books, Comic Book Slumber Party brings together an array of creative, unique women around the UK (and beyond) and helps them to promote and publish their works.
The mastermind behind CBSP, Hannah Chapman, joins us, here at Heroine Junkies, to discuss her thoughts on comics and gender and the differences between the UK and US ‘scenes’.

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HJ: Starting at the beginning… how did you get here, what did you study etc? How did you come up with Comic Book Slumber Party and what do you do as your day job?

HC:I studied Creative Writing at uni and for a long time wanted to be a journalist. I was doing okay freelancing as a writer and editor while studying but I realised that my heart wasn’t in it. It was something I could do, not something I needed to. In my second year of uni I spent a few months in Chicago taking some writing and art classes  and I really focused on comics while I was over there. By chance I set up Graham Crackers Comics Ladies Night and that was really the start of CBSP.  I wanted to create a community that promoted, encouraged, and recognised the awesome work that women are doing in comics. Not just as creators but as publishers, critics, distributors, and readers.

After graduating I got an office job in marketing that just didn’t work out and so after that decided to tackle freelancing again but from a different angle. I now work with small businesses helping them with small amounts of admin but mostly assisting with branding, marketing, web development, and event planning. I think my degree helped a little but I have done so many internships and personal projects over the years and I’d credit my career more to that.

What are you doing now?

Because I work from home a lot I don’t get much structured ‘free time’ but I try to make the most of it. I write for the Forbidden Planet International blog, plan upcoming CBSP events and anthologies, edit GCC Ladies Night anthologies, and play lots of Mario Kart.

I hear you studied in the US, how different are the comics scenes?

It’s a weird one. Mainstream comics are way more accepted over in the states than they are here. When I was in America I got to enjoy mainstream titles and indie/self-published books without having to justify it. Comics are comics, you know? Some are trashy, some are not, but that’s just the way it is. I spend so much time in the UK listening to people who are into ‘mainstream’ titles ragging on the indie scene and vice versa. It’s irritating as hell. My gut tells me that it’s because in the UK we want so badly for them to be taken seriously as art with a capital A, so people get a bit cagey when Marvel or DC release something that is so generic and cliched that it hurts a bit to read it.  I once heard an artist say at the London Book Fair that a comic doesn’t have to be about cancer or the Holocaust to win and award.  Having fun with comics is also totally cool, you know?

We hear ya! Are more girls involved in comics in the UK or in the US?

The struggles and prejudices apply in the UK as they do in the US. The scene in the states is bigger and geographically America is huuuuuugggeeeeeee so in terms of sheer numbers I imagine there are more women involved in/reading comics in the US. If we talk percentages though, I’m not so sure. I don’t think it’s that not enough women are involved in comics, I think it’s that we don’t see them anywhere near as much as the men.

Did you find a difference in trends, ie. Indie/superhero?

I love reading mainstream comics but I find it hard to pick up new titles for old characters. It’s virtually impossible these days to read X-Men or Batman without knowing 50 years of backstory. And it is so tiring!!! I think that’s why I love reading Image so much, everything feels newer. The difference is definitley there, and the sort of events you go to will really show. I’d rather spend time at CAKE, SPX, or TCAF than Comic-Con or San Diego – the atmosphere and work is way more relaxed and feels less ‘flashy’.

It’s worth remembering though that while we get to read mainstream titles here they’re almost all set in America, with American characters, and they’re made in the states too. The big publishers in the UK are indie publishers so I’d say the market leans more that way in terms of what we make in the UK – I don’t know about what we consume so much.

What sort of comics do you find girls are more drawn to create?

I think one of the reasons there are so many women self-publishing and working with indie publishers is that for the most part the key to the mainstream industry is shaped like a dick. Can I say that? The same doors that are open to male creators/editors/colourists are not open to women.

We then get stuck where you have lots of women wanting to make lots of different types of work and they can’t necessarily make certain kinds because the mainstream doors are closed to them and the indie scene isn’t always welcoming of your typical caped crusader.

I guess women are lucky in a sense that we get to make whatever the hell we want, but mainly because we’ll be publishing it ourselves…

What were your childhood dreams?

I wanted to be all sorts of things a writer, director, actress, politician, Egyptologist. I really really really wanted a dog or a sister. I got the dog when I was a teenager but am stuck with five grotty brothers (sorry boys).

Egyptologist! YES. What comic would you love to have created?

I wish I’d gotten round to finishing off some of the comics I scripted while in the states. I had so much fun doing the writing exercises for my classes but never took them further than that.

What are your favourite kind of comics? Are you a superhero girl?

My favourite now are indie comics because the scene is so vast and so freakin immersive. I went through a phase of only wanting to read auto-bio comics but I’m more into political stuff at the moment. That said, my first love was Witchblade and I get a tone of X-Men in my pull list each month.

What is it about comics that made you want to be a part of it/ first comic that grabbed your attention and inspired your love of the medium?

People are so nice! Talking to people who read/make comics is my favourite thing. I love that it feels like a really niche thing that I’m into but then I get to ‘do’ comics with so many people. Comics as a medium are really accessible and I love that.

I used to work in a bookshop and we got this one really battered copy of Skim by Jillian Tamaki in. I bought it for practically nothing and it was unlike anything I’d ever seen. It made me fall in love with comics all over again.

Who is your favourite comic character?

Oh man this is so hard…I think it has to be…Witchblade. But only because every time I see her near naked body I laugh and wonder why the hell I liked it so much when I was 11.

Hannah at GCC Ladies Night (c) Megan Byrd (comicbookcandy.blogspot.com)

Hannah at GCC Ladies Night
(c) Megan Byrd (comicbookcandy.blogspot.com)

Apparently the division of genders consuming comic books isn’t quite as huge as anticipated. One recent poll found that over 40% of facebook users who read comics are female. Do you feel comics are geared towards a male audience, and the idea that boys don’t want/can’t relate to female lead characters/heroes is misinformed?

Did you know that in childrens publishing you’re more likely to get a book about a duck published than a book about a child? Because apparently as human beings we’re only able to relate to somebody who looks exactly like us.

I don’t think the problem is with the consumer – it’s with the publisher. Somebody please tell me what a focus group for comics looks like because the last time I checked it was a medium for storytelling not a genre. Comics are made and read by so many different people and I refuse to believe that men being unable to relate to women is true.

Do you feel like it is any more difficult to enter the comic industry as a female?

100% undoubtedly yes.

Who are your heroes?

Too many to name them all but I will try: Annie Koyama, Zainab Aktar, Emily Carroll, Jillian Tamaki, Judith Buteau, Donya Todd, Lizzy Stewart, Kate Leth, Wendi Freeman, Lauren Burke, Megan Byrd…the list is endless.

Where would you like to be in ten years?

I would like to be King of Comics – or failing that I’d like for CBSP to still exist and for us to be publishing awesome books. That’d be great. I’d also like to be living in a commune for one.

Do you think female comic fans are taken seriously enough? Do you feel judged when you walk into a comic store?

I thinks sometimes I get on my guard when I go into a new one but my past experiences have been so great. Excelsior, my current local shop, are super nice to me even when I threaten to stitch all my single issues together. Graham Crackers Comics in Chicago is great, as is Quimbys. And American Dream Comics in Bath are wonderful, especially Nick. Hi Nick!

If I walked into a Tesco Metro and somebody was a dick to me I’d probably just moan at my friends and go back anyway. In the past I’ve been way to prone to have a bad experience at a comic shop and then never go back to it – people have off days, sometimes only person who works there is an arse (and if you learn the days they work you can avoid them haha…not joking). I’ve been lucky to have so many great shops with amazing staff so close to me.

I get this feeling that people assume you will be heading straight the manga when you enter forbidden planet, and if you are picking up a comic, you can’t possibly be a serious reader… I may just be overly paranoid though! haha

I think that comes down to personal experience, and yeah, I have heard a lot of horror stories where people have just been totally disrespected in comic shops. That’s the worst, and it’s also why we started GCC Ladies Night – it really helped a lot of women who were intimidated by the idea of shopping for comics feel way more comfortable.

Do you think it is important to promote girls within comics? Have you read any of the recent female led series’, ie. Pretty deadly/ Coffin Hill?

I’ve not read either of those titles – maybe I should? I don’t know. I really really believe that promoting women in comics is a good way of addressing this weird gender imbalance in the industry. It’s not the only way by any means, but it’s a step in the right direction.

You should definitely check those two out – they are brilliant!

Do you think female comic book writers and artists and getting more recognition and respect within the industry?

Slowly I think things are changing but we’re not at a point yet where we can stop pushing for it and say ‘great job gals’.

Do you think more strong female leads, who are not scantily clad animated sexual objects, would attract more female comic readers? I know that the avengers movies have inspired a lot of young boys to pick up comics, but with only one female avenger on the team, what do little girls have to look up to?

I think more choice will help and showing that there are more to comics than just these types of books. Getting more comics into school and public libraries, more child friendly comic events! That’s one of the things I love about TCAF – libraries, schools, and children are such a big part of their programming. It’s a great way to tackle this stuff.

Or do you feel it depends more on content? Is there a difference in what girls read and what boys read?

We need to stop telling boys and girls to read different things – it’s dumb and I hate it. My brothers would read the stuff I brought home and vice versa. Like I said, choice is a big part of it.

We agree whole heartedly.

Tell me a little bit about the plans for Comic book slumber party – Also, are there any upcoming events and how did you manage to get so many people involved in previous ones?

People got involved because they thought promoting women in comics was a good idea I guess. And I asked! It’s like I said, people in comics are so so friendly and I love that!

This year we’ll be having a birthday event in Bath (CBSP turns 1!), we’ll be tabling at TCAF and debuting two new books there, and we’re planning a two day event to be held in Chicago next year. On top of that we’ll be doing lots of Drink’n’Draws in the South West and workshops up and down the country so keep an eye out.  Lots of things happening!

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Comic Book Slumber Party celebrates it’s first birthday on March 9th 2014… and event is being planned in Plymouth, check the website nearer the date for more details!

For more info about Hannah and her project, check out these previous interviews:

Hannah currently writes for Forbidden Planet International’s Blog, and guess what? It’s all about up and coming lady comics!

Crush: All We Want For Christmas

We have scoured the net to find what we really want underneath our Christmas trees this December 25th…

First up, it is really important to get your decor up to scratch, it sets the tone for the rest of the holiday season. Fear not, friends, we have just the thing to brighten up your home!

Save your pad from the dark side this christmas, and light up your tree with these neat yoda lights:

Available @ Think Geek

Available @ Think Geek

And what about the rest of your tree? You don’t want some lame-ass baubles bringing yoda down…
We got that covered… how about these?

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ginger pots @ etsy

So how can you possible top off yoda and the justice league? You can’t exactly just shove some pathetic little angel on top, right?

LighterCases @ Etsy

LighterCases @ Etsy

Check. That. Out.

So by now your digs are pimping, but what about you?

‘Tis the Season to be Jolly… but how can you be jolly when it’s so friggin’ cold?

KnitHappensSoWhat over at Etsy will customise you a pretty sweet jumper, like this one:

KnitHappensSewWhat @ Etsy

KnitHappensSewWhat @ Etsy

It will only set you back approx £95 but you know what they say, a knit is not just for Christmas…

So now you are all set… It’s Christmas morning, picture it:

You wake up and slip your toes into a nice pair of snugly chewbacca slippers

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Superherostuff.com

Saunter over to your stocking… (it may look a little like this…)

Forbiddenfruit @ Etsy

Forbiddenfruit @ Etsy

What do you find inside?? After you have spent all that money on your epic xmas decor, hopefully the treats inside will look a little like this: (and provided by someone special I advise setting up a pinterest and really subtly linking it to each and every person you feel necessary)

The Obligatory Pair Of Socks

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Superherostuff.com

Something You Didn’t Know You Needed In Your Life

Superherostuff.com Essential car pimping accessory

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Essential car pimping accessory

Candy… yeh we will leave that up to you.

So you are up and have mastered the stocking. But what is under that glistening tree of geekery that you so lovingly set up?

We would hope just a few of these items:

We don’t know about you, but if this bad boy harnessed our girls, we would be showing off our undies far more often…

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hottopic.com

Girls… there are matching panties too! You could opt for the batman design, but we figure wonder woman expresses more of the bod that’s harbouring underneath.

If Comics aren’t your thing, then maybe some sexy sci-fi lingerie will get you in the mood?

Bulletsandbees @ Etsy

Bulletsandbees @ Etsy

We are loving the vintage appeal of this matching set!

As for our comic picks…

Out this month is none other than HARLEY QUINN #1 – we suggest you guys get down your local comic store and grab it as IGN has rated the first issue a commendable 9.5!

So, continuing with our Christmas scenario… you have opened your fabulous presents and you are passing out the nuts as d’oeuvres before the feast being cooked up in the kitchen… luckily you have one of these:

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Superherostuff.com

Yes, that IS a stormtrooper nutcracker… you can also get a Darth Vader one, if you want to crack on with the dark side that is.

The feast is over, you feel stuffed with all that turkey and what have you, family members are beginning to get on your nerves and have commandeered your brand spanking new xbox one… what do you do?

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neatoshop

ahhh so THAT’s what they mean by “santa’s little helper” 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

Wondering about the new Wonder Woman

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just a small selection from our wonder woman collection…

Last week we heard that Wonder Woman would be featuring in the sequel to Man of Steel, currently being named as Superman Vs. Batman, where Ben Affleck is reportedly cast as the Dark Knight and Brit actor, Henry Cavill reprises his role as Kal-El.

It was also released that the role of Diana of Themyscira was going to a former Miss Israel: The Fast & the Furious star, Gal Gadot…

As usual with any casting of a beloved comic character, the internet was up in arms… Can this former supermodel do the princess justice??

We think she can.

Let’s start off with saying, no matter how much you don’t want to believe it: looks DO matter when it comes to comic book adaptations. Comics are a visual medium with not only a comprehensive written backstory to each character,but an image to go with them. The image can differ but the fundamentals must remain the same.

We have read a few responses (by men, we’d like to add – we think this is significant due to them perhaps having a biased when any attractive woman is cast in a role)…

One that stands out is a blog piece by self proclaimed nerd, Glen Weldon, author of Superman: The Unauthorized Biography.

There is only one issue we have with this post (same comment is made in this article from the Mirror):

Much of the criticism directed at this casting choice — too much — has revolved around Gadot’s physicality. She’s too thin, too wispy, too short, goes the argument, when Wonder Woman is a badass. She’s a kicker of butts, so you need someone with some meat on her bones and a proven track record of butt-kicking, like fellow Fast & Furious alumnae Michelle Rodriguez and ex-MMA fighter Gina Carano.

[…] Diana […] is creature of myth and fantasy. Her physical strength is an important aspect of her character, but it is not a function of her lean body mass. Whether or not Gadot will make an interesting, let alone convincing, Wonder Woman has nothing to do with the size of her biceps.

-Glen  Weldon

We love the blog post and generally agree with pretty much all of what Glen has to say, but we just don’t think he *gets* the issue around her physical appearance.

Perhaps the silliest complaint is that she’s just too slender to play Wonder Woman, although those same people have perhaps never heard of an actor training and bulking up before taking on a role like this! Does no one remember Christian Bale’s The Machinist physique before he got ripped for the role of the Caped Crusader in Batman Begins?

– The Mirror’s  Josh Wilding

Some people seem to think that due to Gadot being incredibly slim, she will not have the capabilities to become strong looking.

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We disagree and as health conscience, gym-going women,we have slightly more of an authority to go by (we think, anyway)…  body shapes can really change when put through vigorous exercise, and specific routines that hone in on particular groups of muscles. Gadot would fully have the capability to ‘bulk up’. And we think it is necessary to do so.

While we lament the fact that so many of the comments revolve around physicality, we also think the reasoning behind this particular appearance based argument for/against Gadot as Wonder Woman is justified.

Why though?

Because women NEED role models that are not tiny, skinny and dieted to death. If you look back to even the 1980’s, women may have been slim and slender, but from our extensive research (The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, Valley Girl, John Hughes movies…) there is a HUGE difference between the slim, healthy, normal looking girls on television then, and the incredibly trim women plastered over the pages of magazines and in television and film today. [note: Lynda Carter was tall for her generation, standing at over 5″8, she may be thin but she wasn’t feeble looking… the outfit was a bit ridiculous, we will agree – it was ‘of the time’ and incredibly padded!]

Is it us, or does WW look a bit like Charlie Sheen here? that'd be an interesting casting choice… Painting by Alex Ross

Is it us, or does WW look a bit like Charlie Sheen here? that’d be an interesting casting choice…
Painting by Alex Ross

We are very happy that they picked a lady with strong features and who is tall (Gal is 5″9), but we REALLY hope she can gain some muscle mass just so she can hold her own next to Ben and Henry. Of course, she won’t ever look as muscular as them, and we aren’t looking for some body builder, but some vague sense of reality would be appreciated. It just isn’t at all realistic that a woman with arms nothing more than skin and bone can possibly fight as the next Wonder Woman.

It is integral that as Wonder Woman she gives a less impossible, unrealistic body image to little girls, and one that radiates health and physical feminine strength.

Wonder Woman was created as a feminist icon. She is an important addition to the realm of superheroes and with such a disappointing outcome in the Avengers, when it came to lady supes, we REALLY need Snyder (Zack, director of the upcoming feature) to pull this one off… and we know he can from his previous ventures.

Whether we like it or not, we live in a very superficial culture, we as women are constantly inflicted by a society obsessed with size zero, unrealistic beauty and photoshopped imagery. All we ask is that Wonder Woman, an icon of feminism, a strong, tall, built, Amazonian woman reflects this heritage accurately and doesn’t buy in to the current ideal of underweight beauty.

So, while we absolutely agree her presence must be the most powerful aspect of Diana. She can not be a small, weak, feeble looking creature. It would look utterly insane on screen, next to the towering men of the Justice League, and not to mention reinstate this irritating ideal of feminine being dainty and soft (please google the definition and check synonyms for ‘feminine’, its dyer) and therefore unfit and flimsy.

These same reasonings are why we are really on board with her facial features and her general casting. Although her role in The Fast & The Furious is anything but a step in the right direction for feminism, she does indeed maintain a presence that utilises her sexuality while maintaining complete control with a feisty attitude – this gives us great hope for her taking on the Amazonian. Her facial features are strong, angular, beautiful but not ‘pretty’, which will work very well as Wonder Woman.

All this said, we am also appalled by some of the comments circulating the internet in regards to the casting of Gal Gadot and her physicality.

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We fail to see how Gadot’s breasts are in any way shape or form relevant to the role… and this isn’t even some of the worst comments.

There is no need for her to have big breasts. Wonder Woman, for a start is corseted, so her breast size is unimportant. We see no real reason for her breast size to be debated any more than the comments on Brandon Roth’s penis size (his bulge clearly didn’t save 2006’s Superman Returns) while we insist some more muscle definition is very important.

Her acting ability has also been questioned. We are not a fan of F&F and wouldn’t say they are great pieces of cinematography, but her acting couldn’t really be faulted, and it is just so relieving that a big star hasn’t been offered the role. Relative unknowns don’t have all the audience assumptions and expectations.

It also gives us hope that Cavill was also a particularly slender specimen before training for Man of Steel – perhaps the same is being asked of Gadot.

Wonder Woman changed the face of Superheroes, and Gadot could bring this same presence to screen. She could change the face of movie stars, of beauty and give little girls a real, strong woman to look up to. With Hunger Games giving such a positive physical representation of women (Jennifer Lawrence notoriously will not ever give in to being a size zero product of Hollywood) we can not go backwards!

In conclusion, we at Heroine Junkies are pretty happy with the casting, we just would like to see her do some weight training, because women can have biceps and we don’t want our little girls starving themselves and not doing bicep curls, making themselves less fit and more feeble for the sake of beauty. It should be beautiful to be strong physically as a female too, and Wonder Woman had this beauty/strength/brains thing down.

[side note: Snyder, after you’ve ordered Cavill to get back down the gym and gotten Gadot some weights, could you please make sure the costume dept. finally make all our dreams come true and create *that* outfit, the one with the pants, that DC promised with the new 52 and then shoved her back in hot pants…]
 
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