Wonder Woman and the Loss of Innocence

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Wonder Woman and the Loss of Innocence

Illustration: Sushant Ahire


elow one of the YouTube trailers of Wonder Woman, lies perhaps my favourite comment ever: “Is this what guys feel like when they watch male superhero trailers?!?!?!” The comment is in equal parts innocent and heartbreaking, descriptors which can easily be attributed to Wonder Woman herself.

Somewhere near the 1 hour 20-minute mark of the film, on her way to the front line of war, Gal Gadot’s rendition of the Amazonian princess gets tired of the ambivalence shown by her fellow travellers toward loss of life and destruction of property, and decides to fight an entire army to save a village. Her inability to understand the concept of “For the greater good” baffles her spy friends; one of them exclaims, “We can’t save everyone.”