The newest film by Disney, Frozen, finished 2013 and began 2014 at the top of the box office. It’s one of several “girl power” box office hits of 2013 –including Catching Fire, starring Today celebrity of the year Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock’s Gravity, and Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in The Heat. But it’s the only one out of those films to have a female director: Jennifer Lee, screenplay writer and co-director with Chris Buck. It’s not just the director’s gender that lends Frozen a feminist bent – the feature is being praised by critics as Disney’s first feminist princess movie (passing the Bechdel Test within minutes of opening). Read more
The movie and comic book world is abuzz: we’re finally getting Wonder Woman on the big screen. For years, comic movie goers – particularly women – have been hoping that DC’s major female superhero would make an appearance in film. She has been absent from live-action since Lynda Carter was in the 1970s Wonder Woman television series. So when Gal Gadot was announced as the new Wonder Woman, some were excited. Others, however, were disappointed to hear that, rather than getting her own film, Wonder Woman was to be relegated to a (potentially) bit part in Zach Snyder’s male-dominated Batman vs. Superman. The casting also spurs on continued conversation about women in films, specifically in comic book movies, and whether they pass the Bechdel Test.
In recent years, even in the comic books, Wonder Woman has been less a major hero than a secondary figure who gives Superman pep talks, according to Noah Berlatsky of The Atlantic. Read more