~Matt Key

Chris Pine, doing his press tour for his film The Finest Hours was on Jimmy Kimmel last night where the late night talk show host asked him about his role in Wonder Woman and how that film is going.

Pine started off, saying “I play a guy named Steve Trevor, who is Wonder Woman’s… better half.”

It looked like we might not get more than that, but then he gave us a little detail into the tone of the film, saying, “It takes place in World War I. I think what’s really neat about it, is that with all of the Thors and Captain Kirks – I feel like with men at the helm, it’s always a revenge cycle thing. It’s an eye for an eye, ‘we’re going to get the bad guys’ and then the bad guys are defeated.”

He then went on to explain that this film, Wonder Woman, with a powerful female lead, takes a different approach to handling similar situations. As Pine puts it, “What I think is really lovely, with having a woman at the helm of this, there’s a great deal more compassion and love at the center of the story, which for something as big as a film that this is going to be, and the eyes that will watch it, I think it’s a wonderful – the little bit we can do to hopefully inch this universe toward not being as aggressive and violent.”

This is an exciting development and something to very much look forward to! We’ve had plenty of aggro masculine male vengeance fantasies, but it’s time we started looking for alternatives to fighting. Certainly, with Wonder Woman, we’ll have plenty of fighting — she’s one of the most powerful warriors in the DC Universe — but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a different conclusion than the bad guy bloodied and bruised, humbled, insulted and looking to exact revenge once more.

The world we live in is already caught in a perpetual cycle of violence; having heroes participate in that cycle doesn’t really do anything to help. Having a hero in Wonder Woman who chooses to stand outside of that cycle with compassion and forgiveness could go a long way in showing us an alternative to punching harder than the other guy.

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