(Here's a teaser of the movie in case you live under a rock and don't know what I'm talking about)
There's something about the way Wonder Woman is portrayed in Batman vs. Superman, however, that is especially notable. Maybe it's just that Gal Gadot, the actress who plays her, is simply amazing in the role (which she is), but I think its also the sense of worldliness that Wonder Woman possesses in this portrayal of the character. Wonder Woman is always shown as a super-powerful and incredibly skilled warrior who never backs down from a fight, but she is also often been depicted (depending on the writer that takes her character on) as being fairly new to the larger world outside of her home of Themyscira, and so a little innocent and naïve. What's striking about Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman is that she is so far from innocent and naïve to the larger world, that she's almost cynical of it, which gives her an edginess and also creates an internal struggle as she debates whether or not to get involved in the mess between Batman and Superman. When she does step in (and this is not a spoiler, because the trailers show her fighting), it's pretty clear that her skills in battle are superior to the other two. Once she's in the fight, there is no hesitation, no sense of fear or feeling that she doesn't belong there. She doesn't defer to the powerful men around her. She's confident in her skills, knows that she's good at what she does, and dominates in the battlefield. At one point, she's thrown to the side by Doomsday (again, not a spoiler because he's shown in the trailer), but instead of crying out or looking on in fear, she freaking smirks, as if to say "Finally, a challenge worthy of me." That single moment is one of the most badass of the whole movie.
All right, so you're probably thinking, "Great Erin, Wonder Woman's awesome, but what does this all have to do with Easter or Mary Magdalene?"
I'll tell you. It wasn't until Tuesday in the Octave of Easter (the day after seeing the movie) that Mary Magdalene's role was really emphasized. In John 20:11-18, we find Mary Magdalene outside of the empty tomb, weeping. When she looks inside the tomb, she finds two angels who ask her why she was crying. She responds that the body of her Lord has been taken and she doesn't know where he's been laid. When she turns back around, she comes face-to-face with the risen Christ, but she doesn't immediately recognize him. She mistakes him for a gardener, and demands to know if he took the body and if so, where he put it so she can retrieve it. When Jesus says her name, she instantly recognizes him as her Teacher. He tells her to take a message to the other disciples, that he will soon be going to his God and their God. She goes and announces to the disciples that she has seen the Lord, and then reports to them everything Christ told her.
|Not gonna lie, I'd be freaking out.|
Just a fun little treat to get you hyped for the Wonder Woman movie next year!