Alicia Silverstone Confused By Wonder Woman's Acclaim

Alicia Silverstone recently opened up about what she thinks on Wonder Woman's accolades saying that she does not quite understand all the hype that the DC Extended Universe film has been getting. The actress, who is best known for her work in the '90s coming of age film, Clueless, is slowly making her comeback into the limelight with a new gig in TV Land's sitcom, American Woman.

Since Wonder Woman first hit theaters earlier this month, the film has been praised for its promotion of female empowerment. Helmed by Patty Jenkins and featuring Gal Gadot as the titular character, it traces the Amazonian Princess' origins story from living on the secret island of Themyscira to being one of the key personalities to stop the first World War. Wonder Woman has been a smashing success both critically and at the global box office - becoming the highest grossing live-action movie to directed by a single woman. 

Unfortunately, Silverstone does not seem to be convinced with Wonder Woman's success implying that it might be a little bit overblown. While talking to Variety at Cannes Lion (via The Wrap), the actress shared her thoughts about Gadot's film being dubbed as a pioneer for female-driven movies:

“Before ‘Wonder Woman’ … ‘Wonder Woman?’ Before ‘Wonder Woman’ there have been many movies with female leads, so I get a little confused. We have made strides, of course. I think about, what about all those wonderful comedians who are females who have had massive hits? There’s ‘Bridesmaids.'”

During the conversation, Silverstone also cited her own Clueless, among others, to further drive her point:

“I don’t know. I just feel like, over the years, there was ‘Mean Girls,’ there was ‘Clueless,’ over time we have had so many movies that have been female-driven."

While the 40-year-old actress acknowledged the fact that Wonder Woman has incredible action set pieces, she does not seem to be impressed with them. If not, she sounded to be turned off by how large the film's production was:

“It has to be ‘Wonder Woman.’ It has to have tons of flash, right? Like when you’re looking at children’s films now, as a mom, I don’t want my kid to see all that. Loud effects, all the stuff that’s like stimulate, stimulate! But that’s what audiences want, so it’s a tricky thing. Sometimes it’s just the quieter more interesting things sometimes get seen because they touch someone enough.”

Unfortunately, there seems to be a discord in terms of Silverstone's aversion to Wonder Woman. Despite the other female-driven film that the actress pointed out, critics are mostly referring to the DCEU movie in the context of the superhero genre. It was able to stand out in a genre that has not yet seen a story solely about a female superhero in the modern times. This makes it a pioneering classic and is currently the benchmark for future superhero movies featuring a female protagonist moving forward.

Alicia Silverstone is not new to the superhero genre. She once played Batgirl in Joel Schumacher's Batman & Robin and recently revealed that she would love to have another crack at the Gotham character adding that she feels that she would do better now than she did 20 years ago. As we all know, a solo film for the DC female superhero is currently in the works with Joss Whedon penning the treatment and also directing.

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Source: Variety (via The Wrap)

Key Release Dates
  • Wonder Woman (2017) release date: Jun 02, 2017
  • Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
  • Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
  • Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
  • Cyborg (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
  • Green Lantern Corps. (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020
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