The Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas, is hosting a women-only screening of the upcoming film Wonder Woman, and some men aren’t happy about it.
The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is celebrating the release of Wonder Woman by only allowing women into a special screening Tuesday, June 6. The theater says in their announcement for the event that “people who identify as women” are invited as well, suggesting that transgender women will also be allowed into the screening.
“The most iconic superheroine in comic book history finally has her own movie, and what better way to celebrate than with an all-female screening?” the announcement reads. “Apologies, gentlemen, but we’re embracing our girl power and saying ‘No Guys Allowed’ for one special night at the Alamo Ritz. And when we say ‘Women (and People Who Identify As Women) Only,’ we mean it. Everyone working at this screening — venue staff, projectionist, and culinary team — will be female.”
“So lasso your geeky girlfriends together and grab your tickets to this celebration of one of the most enduring and inspiring characters ever created.”
The screening for 7 p.m. sold out, so the cinema added another time at 6:30 p.m.
While the response has been enthusiastic so far, some men do not love the idea of a women-only screening of a big film like Wonder Woman. As reported by The Mary Sue, the Alamo Drafthouse Facebook page was flooded with comments from men arguing that there should be either a men’s only event, or no exclusionary event at all. When one commenter said that equality seemed to be “selective” in this particular case and argued there should be an all-male special screening. The Alamo Drafthouse replied, “This has zip to do with equality. This is a celebration of a character that’s meant a great deal to many women since 1940.”
Another was confused by Alamo Drafthouse “separating any group from another” and suggested an all-military screening of a war or action movie in the future. The Alamo Drafthouse account clarified that they’ve done many special screenings before, replying back with, “We’re big fans of special viewings and have done veterans and active military screenings many, many times. We will absolutely continue in the future.”
The release of Wonder Woman is the first instance of the iconic superhero getting her own live-action movie on the big screen. This may be surprising considering similar characters like Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man have not only had multiple movies, but multiple eras of movies over the past few decades, but the prospects of a Wonder Woman movie have been kicked around Hollywood for just as many decades. Hollywood studios have been averse to producing a woman-led superhero film for many years, with Marvel finally planning their first for 2018, with Brie Larson starring as Captain Marvel. Meanwhile, Gal Gadot is playing the titular Wonder Woman/Diana Prince, who was first introduced in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. She will also be seen in the Justice League movie.
Wonder Woman is an origin story for the character, centering on her life as an Amazonian princess living on the island of Themyscira in the early part of the 20th century. Her world changes after she meets a military pilot named Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), who helps convince her to join the fight in stopping World War I. The film also stars Robin Wright as Diana’s aunt, General Antiope, Connie Nielsen as Diana’s mother, Queen Hippolyta, Danny Huston as Germany Army General Erich Ludendorff, David Thewlis as Ares, the Greek god of war and Elena Anaya as Doctor Maru / Doctor Poison.
Wonder Woman is scheduled for release in theaters on June 2.
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