‘Wonder Woman’s’ message of hope during global crisis
I wasn’t surprised, but I was deeply saddened when I heard that the sequel to the 2017 “Wonder Woman” movie, called “Wonder Woman: 1984,” had been delayed until August.
The movie was originally supposed to premiere in June but was pushed back due to the global coronavirus pandemic. At this point, I don’t even know if an August release date is a realistic goal.
So much about our world remains uncertain right now. How long will we need to keep social distancing? What will the world look like when this is all over? Will movie theaters even survive this economic crisis? There aren’t simple answers to these questions, and many of us are feeling lost and discouraged in the midst of so much societal upheaval.
While I’m not sure when we’ll actually get to see the Wonder Woman sequel, during this strange time my thoughts have been returning often to the 2017 movie. It’s one of my all-time favorite films, and its message of hope and triumph is even more poignant as I look around and see such darkness in the world.
Stories may not have the power to fix the issues we’re facing right now, but they do have the power to inspire and encourage us. Here’s why the message of “Wonder Woman” is so important to us now:
Why Wonder Woman is important
In the 2017 Wonder Woman film, Diana chooses to leave the mythical paradise of Themyscira to accompany soldier Steve Trevor to the frontlines of World War I.
WWI is certainly one of the darkest chapters in human history, marking the first modern war on a global scale and resulting in a catastrophic death toll. Life for soldiers fighting in the trenches was bleak and grim, and most of us can’t even begin to imagine the horrors they experienced.
While the challenges we’re facing right now in 2020 aren’t a direct parallel to WWI, we certainly are encountering a global feeling of fear. The pandemic and quarantine are taking a toll on our mental, physical, and emotional health.
When I get discouraged, I often think back to the scene in “Wonder Woman” where Diana climbs up out of the trench and takes a stand against the enemy troops. For a while, she’s fighting alone, facing down an army all by herself. Yet eventually, her act of courage inspires her allies to join her, and the heroes win the day.
Diana brings hope when all hope seems to be lost, and it reminds me to keep persevering, even when I think I can’t keep going. I do have the strength to face these challenges, and I must do what I can to help others.
These days, it’s not easy to get out of bed in the morning and face an uncertain world. However, like Diana, we have to take it one step at a time. Never forget that there is hope on the other side of this battle.
Why Wonder Woman is a hero
Wonder Woman is obviously a superhero — she wears a suit of armor and carries a sword and shield, and she uses supernatural powers to save the world.
Naturally, I don’t feel like very much of a hero these days, as I’m working from home during the quarantine and wearing a big fluffy bathrobe.
If you’re thinking this is going to transition into a cheesy message about how you too can be a hero during this time, well…it kind of is. But I ultimately don’t think it’s cheesy because now, more than ever, it’s vital that we all stand together and do what we can to help each other out.
Wonder Woman is a hero because she’s willing to use the gifts she’s been given to help others. Maybe we personally don’t have that level of power, but there are still ways we can do our part.
We’re all sick of staying home. I know I’m tired of looking at the same walls, and I’m tired of using video calls as a substitute for real human interaction. I’m tired of being scared every time I have to go to the store.
It’s okay to feel negative about the situation we’re in, and you don’t have to convince yourself to be happy. Just keep staying the course. You might be sick of hearing the phrase “flatten the curve,” but by staying home, you really are saving lives.
If you’re a healthcare worker, grocery store employee, or someone else serving on the front lines of this crisis, thank you for the risks you’re taking. This is a time where we all have a chance to be heroes, in different ways, and if we’re going to succeed, we’re going to have to do it together.
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