Marijke Rowland

Hey, Hollywood, what took you so long? Wonder Woman’s amazonian task of making it film

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in "Wonder Woman," opened June 2, 2017. MUST CREDIT: Clay Enos, Warner Bros.-DC
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in "Wonder Woman," opened June 2, 2017. MUST CREDIT: Clay Enos, Warner Bros.-DC Warner Bros.-DC

It only took 76 years, but the world has its first Wonder Woman movie.

And it’s a huge hit. And it has received rave reviews. And the only thing we’re really left wondering it is why it took so long to happen in the first place.

In the time it took Wonder Woman to make it to the big screen we’ve had no fewer than seven Superman films, six Spider-Man films and 12 Batman films — including a Lego version, yes, those Legos.

Wonder Woman is the first female superhero to anchor her own film in 33 years — the last one being 1984’s “Supergirl.” (Yes, “Catwoman” and “Elektra” both had their own films since, but it’s hard to call them purely superheroes — more like heroic anitheroes.)

So why the wait? Because it’s what women have done throughout history.

Wait to be allowed to apply for a credit cards like men (24 years). Wait to lead a “Star Wars” franchise (38 years). Wait to run in the Boston Marathon (75 years). Wait to win a Best Director Oscar (82 years). Wait to earn the right to vote (131 years). Wait to see the first female president (228 years and counting). And so on, and so forth.

Hollywood’s retrograde attitude toward female-fronted films is nothing new. Last year was a record-breaking year for the industry in terms of female representation, yet women still managed only to be some 29 percent of protagonists in the top 100 films released. The old, tired adage that women will go see a “men’s movie,” but men won’t go see a “women’s movie” continues to reign — despite continued evidence to the contrary. “Wonder Woman” saw a 52 percent female, 48 percent male audience its opening weekend. That’s a whole lot of dudes who also happily paid to see Diane, Princess of Themyscira, kick some butt.

Sure it helped that “Wonder Woman” is a very, very good film — wonderful, actually. But then, she kind of had to be. Because not only are women made to wait their turns, and then some, in the entertainment world — their projects are then held up and judged as representation of all female kind. If this movie flopped it would be years — maybe even 33 years — until another big-budget, high-profile solo female superhero film came to theaters.

But, you know, no pressure. It’s almost as if women in film have an amazonian task in front of them when it comes to creating equal representation. Luckily, Wonder Woman happens to know a few of those, too.

Elsewhere around the Scene:

While you probably won’t see Modesto poet and “American Ninja Warrior” contestant Sam Pierstorff on television Monday night, he still plans to celebrate his second run at the reality series.

The former city poet laureate and veteran Modesto Junior College professor ran the extreme obstacle course as part of the Los Angeles finals in March. But he was informed earlier this month by producers that his segment was cut. Pierstorff’s family was featured in a national TV commercial for the new season last month. He was first invited to compete on the series in 2014, when his run also was cut from the final episode.

Despite the disappointment, Pierstorff (who has dubbed himself the “Ninja Poet”) will hold a viewing party for the season premiere from 7-10 p.m. Monday, June 12, at Churchkey in Modesto. He plans to regale friends with stories of his run and encounters on the popular competition series, which has athletic folks from across the country take a shot at running, jumping, climbing and lifting their way to greatness and a $1 million prize. So stop by and congratulate Sam for his feats of strength and perseverance...

And finally, Modesto group Stop Motion Poetry is raising funds for its new album with a Kickstarter campaign.

The group is more than more than 50 percent toward its $10,000 goal. The money will go toward complete the “Dead Rose EP.” This will be first new music from the Modesto Area Music Association and Valley’s Got Talent-winning group since 2012. The quartet has been working with Los Angeles-based producer Sean Gould (who has worked with the likes of Katy Perry, Moby and Neon Trees) on the release. The group’s last album, “Jump Right In,” had songs featured on “The X Factor” and a project by popular YouTuber Shane Dawson.

Their Kickstarter includes incentives like copies of the EP, exclusive merchandise and even a home-cooked meal by the band members. So, give with a generous appetite. The campaign closes at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 17. Find out more at www.stopmotionpoetry.com.

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