Wonder Woman’s next big screen appearance finds her facing a new danger set in the 1980s. However, newly released photos show a very much alive Steve Trevor who – SPOILER ALERT – died saving everyone from the Germans in the first Wonder Woman film. And as much as I love Chris Pine’s character he needs to stay gone… 2017’s Wonder Woman was ground-breaking on so many levels. Not only did it break box office records by becoming the highest grossing superhero origins movie (dethroned by Black Panther this year), it was the first female led film since Jennifer Garner subjected us to Elektra.
As much as I wanted to see Diana Prince kick-ass on her own I knew before the first trailer was released that wasn’t going to be the case. In DC’s defence, nearly every single male superhero has a love interest. Superman has Lois Lane, Batman has Robin (don’t @ me), so I, along with the rest of the female fans, accepted my fate. However, director Patty Jenkins made it an easy pill to swallow, Chris Pine’s interpretation on Steve Trevor was brilliantly funny.
Justice League then went onto sour the whole relationship. Nearly 100 years have passed since WW1 and the death of precious Steve and yet a film, that has nothing to do with him or that part of her life, uses him as motivation for Wonder Woman to “do the right thing”. Is it too much to ask that a man she knew for a couple of weeks a century ago not have a hold on her life anymore? I’m sick of women in superhero films being nothing more than their male counterparts. In Thor: Ragnarok film Natalie Portman’s Jane had broken up with Thor, leaving him heart-broken for two seconds in the whole film. Good on her, because Thor: The Dark World she is portrayed as nothing more than a sad puppy waiting for the boy she had known for a week to come back for her.
And it doesn’t stop with Jane.
In DC’s own Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn’s main obsession is getting back to the Joker – whilst his behaviour leads us to believe she’s nothing more than an object to him – and as marvellous as Margot Robbie is, it gets old really quick. However, this could all be forgiven if the incredibly abusive relationship wasn’t heavily romanticised by the fan-base. It continues with Marvel’s repeated need to make Black Widow a love interest for any single male in the Avengers. Firstly, we’re hinted at Hawkeye, then there is some weird tension between Natasha and Steve Rogers in Captain America: Winder Solider, and then finally the car crash that was her relationship with Hulk. The Russo Brothers in the Avengers: Infinity War disposed of Natasha and Bruce’s relationship perfectly; made a subtle reference and then moved on. Which is what needs to happen with Steve in Wonder Woman ’84.
Some of the best moments for women is when they’re fighting for themselves or for one another. In Infinity War when Black Widow, Okoye, and Scarlet Witch fought with each other against one of Thanos’ lackeys was arguably one of the best moments for female characters in the whole franchise. Come on, the best part of Wonder Woman was when that amazing theme music played and Diana started smashing through buildings and fighting in slow motion. It was definitely not those upskirt shots that were strategically placed into Justice League, and neither was it the weird flirting between her and Bruce (what was that about?).
I’m an advocate of superheroes and their opposite sex co-stars being subjected to the friend zone. One of my favourite friendships is Hawkeye and Black Widow – I was one of the few that rejoiced at Clint having a secret family – it showed people everywhere that a girl and a boy are perfectly capable of being best friends without ending up married to each other.I knew it wouldn’t happen, but how nice would it have been if Steve and Diana had just been friends? Wonder Woman ’84 is the point where Diana needs to figure out what kind of hero she is without a man. Let’s have her forget Steve as easily as these male counterparts seem to with their women.
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