Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas have announced more women-only screening locations for Wonder Woman across the country. Last week, the cinema franchise originally announced their Alamo Ritz location in Austin, Texas, would be hosting two women-only screenings on June 6. The announcement was met with both support and rage as men took to social media to express their disdain.
Round 2 has begun as the Alamo Drafthouse Denver has announced their two locations will host special Wonder Woman screenings for ladies only. Just like their original post on the Alamo Austin Facebook page, Denver was all about girl power.
“Who run the world? GIRLS! Ladies, join us for two women only WONDER WOMAN screenings. Proceeds will go to Planned Parenthood and ACLU. Check out dates for Littleton and Sloans Lake below.”
The Sloans Lake location will host a 6:30 p.m. screening on June 5 while the Littleton location offers a 7 p.m. showing on June 7. Both airings are already sold out. Many women have taken to the comments section asking for more screenings, but so far, none have been announced for the Denver area.
The Alamo also announced there will no “gender checks,” and those who identify as women are welcome to come. While most women rejoiced in the comments section, some expressed they would not be attending the Alamo’s showings because of their donations to Planned Parenthood.
“I’d love to, if this event didn’t exclude pro-life women by donating to Planned Parenthood.”
Denver and Austin aren’t the only metropolitan areas with women-only screenings for Wonder Woman; the Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn will also be hosting showings for ladies-only on June 4, June 5, and June 8. All three shows are already sold out. The Brooklyn screenings don’t appear to be donating proceeds from these events to any charity.
The Alamo Drafthouse NYC Facebook page received just as much slack for the women-only screenings as its predecessors, but this time the cinema refrained from responding to critics in the comment section.
The Marvel community has come to support Alamo Drafthouse’s decision to host the DC films women-only events. Ant-Man director Peyton Reed and War Machine himself, Don Cheadle, have come forward to back the showings.
Reed mocked trolls on Twitter when he announced a special screening he would be hosting for Ant-Man’s upcoming sequel.
Just wait until I announce the insect-only screenings of ANT-MAN AND THE WASP. https://t.co/DPLuRWemYt— Peyton Reed (@MrPeytonReed) May 27, 2017
Cheadle took things a step further by going on a Twitter rant with over 10 tweets to put down the haters. He sarcastically showed his support for the viewings before laying into the trolls.
“Outrageous! Women doing women-y things with women…”
The movie was made to appeal to EVERYBODY WORLDWIDE! That's how our biz works! It's a few screenings. Good for them. You should ???????????????????????? https://t.co/XN61M8szwu— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) May 30, 2017
The Alamo Drafthouse’s decision to host the women-only screenings isn’t the only controversy Wonder Woman has seen in the past week. Gal Gadot’s Diana has been criticized for having too short of a skirt and an overly sexualized costume. Director Patty Jenkins addressed the criticism with grace when speaking with CBS News.
“I think that that’s sexist. I think it’s sexist to say you can’t have both. I have to ask myself what I would apply to any other superhero. This is fantasy and it’s not for anyone other than the person having the fantasy. I, as a little girl, like took a huge amount of delight in the idea that for my power and my ability to stop that bully on that playground, I could also look like Lynda Carter while I was doing it.”
A more serious Wonder Woman controversy has occurred in Lebanon, where the movie has been banned altogether. The country’s decision to not host the movie has nothing to do with Gal Gadot’s costume, but the actress herself.
Gadot is Israeli and served in her country’s defense forces previously. Considering the decades-long tension and violence between the two countries, Lebanon has opted out of showing the film. The country’s Grand Cinemas chain officially announced its ban on Twitter.
Wonder Woman opens worldwide June 2 and already has been certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with an astonishing 92 percent rating.
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