Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse for Wonder Woman 1984, a lot of fans who have seen the DCEU sequel are coming out on social media to point out the film's uber problematic issues and no, we're not talking about the film's lack of action or the disappointing Cheetah CGI. In fact, it's something much more serious.
WW1984 marks the return of Chris Pine as Steve Trevor and although he died in the first film after his ultimate sacrifice, he was brought back in the sequel thanks to the power of the mystical dream stone that grants the desires of the person in possession of it. Let's make things perfectly clear though, it wasn't exactly Trevor in the flesh but instead, his consciousness was somehow transferred to another man's body.
That is where the "problematic" nature of the film stems from. There were a couple of scenes in the film which feature Diana and Steve sharing intimate moments together and a lot of fans believe it could definitely pass as sexual assault considering the real owner of the body Trevor's spirit "possessed" wasn't truly aware of what was going on.
A lot of DC fans have raised this concern through social media and boy, they are furious, to say the least. On top of that, WW1984 is also being accused of promoting xenophobia and people aren't pleased with its offensive portrayal of Arab people. Check out some of the reactions below:
Okay..So can we talk about how Wonder Woman basically committed sexual assault and it was not at all addressed in #WonderWoman84 ? Like even after it’s over she sees the guy and it’s not a thing at all. WTF?— SpacedOut Studios Ent. (@SpacedOutMusic1) December 30, 2020
(#WW84 spoilers; TW: sexual assault)
Let me get this straight about the DCEU. Superman is a mopey asshole who doesn't care about collateral damage. Batman is a killer who brutalizes his enemies. And Wonder Woman uses a man's body to have sex with her dead BF, which is rape.— ?️?Connor Clay #Pride #BLM?️? (@NordRonnoc) December 29, 2020
Finally watched Wonder Woman 84 and oh boy. I finished it. My advice, watch the first 10 minutes and then the credits. Skip the movie. What happened to THAT male character was robbery & sexual assault. It’s all I could think about while watching the movie. ??— Stacie (@StacieD73) December 28, 2020
Wonder Woman 1984 really went with "it's not sexual assault if it's *magic* rohypnol" as a heartwarming message.— Hong Kong Hermit (@HongKongHermit) December 28, 2020
I didn’t expect #WonderWoman1984 to be that offensive. TBH I was rooting for the movie to succeed because of Pedro. There are so many stereotypes and racist things in this movie Buzzfeed can make a list out of it.— shan (@shannsational) December 26, 2020
Wonder women is very disappointing movie,watched half and moved on. IMHO this movie is also racists and stereotyping large population(Egypt) and oil, Can we stop doing this? #WonderWoman1984 #WonderWoman #WW84— Basharat Wani بشارت وانی (@basharatw) December 30, 2020
So I’ve come to realize how stereotypically racist and outdated Arab people were portrayed in #WW84 besides that I really enjoyed this movie a lot I’m a big fan of the WW comic character but this really is disappointing, offensive and concerning #dccomics #WonderWoman1984— yul.the.black.geek (@BlackGeekYul) December 29, 2020
Wonder Woman 1984 is an awful movie. That's my opinion.
Wonder Woman 1984 is a racist movie because of it's islamophobia and it's erasure of the black population in Washington D.C.. That's a fact.
Don't let it off the hook no matter how you feel about it.— HASEEZUS (@HaseezusTweets) December 29, 2020
Wonder Woman 1984 really captures the feeling of being an 80s movie by being unbelievably racist, holy shit.— deknalis (@thiccipedia) December 26, 2020
Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins have yet to address the backlash their film has been getting although I'm pretty sure they never intended for those scenes to come across as something so controversial. It can't be denied though that the fans' growing concern over Wonder Woman 1984's problematic issues may affect the film's box office and critical performance in the long run.
Wonder Woman 1984 is screening in select cinemas and on HBO Max.
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