With news that Cheetah will be the main villain in Wonder Woman 2, the discussion soon turned toward pitting Diana against various fictional women, with a battle with Wakanda’s Okoye getting the most online traction.
Pitting fictional characters against each other to find out who’ll win isn’t new. The Batman vs. Superman and Superman vs. Goku debates have been going on for decades in the fandom. I enjoy such discussions. It allows the fandom to put forward facts (and opinions) to determine a winner. However, what I’m not a fan of is seeing such discussions being turned into issues about race, misogyny, etc.
Though the Wonder Woman vs. Okoye debate did take a slight turn toward being seen as a race issue, I’m glad the internet (or at least a majority of it) didn’t let things get out of hand. Of course, there are still going to be some trolls who’ll continue trying to make fandoms toxic. But for now, it’s good to see the general fandom (both Marvel and DC) realizing how both women can be celebrated in their own way.
Also, if a character you like is defeated by someone, it doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to continue liking them. And yes, you can defend a character against another, just don’t be rude about it.
Here are some Twitter reactions!
All this Wonder Woman talk reminds me of that one episode of Justice League when she was about to DESTROY Vixen, Hawkgirl, Black Canary pic.twitter.com/dz3fPJVKTf
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) February 28, 2018
“wait, Okoye is fighting wonder woman???” pic.twitter.com/dw99XYcMq6
— Don (@Don__Victor) February 28, 2018
“If Okoye fights Wonder Woman, every black woman is jumping in to help. Good luck, Wonder Woman..”
Black Women: pic.twitter.com/YNACXtc14c
— New job, who dis? (@PBS_Impulse9) February 28, 2018
Wonder Woman: I heard you would like to fight?
Black Women: pic.twitter.com/f8qxlzySlA
— D’Strenf of Di Blick Pentha Streeped Ehweh (@BienSur_JeTaime) February 28, 2018
Ain’t nobody beating Wonder Woman’s ass. She’s in the same tier as Superman. The movies had her a little weaker, but the comics she’s whooped up on Superman plenty’o’times
— X (@XLNB) February 28, 2018
Also, this gem!
And let me be clear. They wouldn’t fight not because women don’t fight or some such nonsense but because they are smart and wouldn’t choose violence unless it was necessary.
— roxane gay (@rgay) March 1, 2018
Coming to the film side of things, for some reason, Kristen Wigg is in talks to star as Cheetah in the Wonder Woman sequel.
Also, congratulations to Black Panther for entering the list of top 20 U.S. box office grossing films. It’s a well-deserved feat. However again, don’t be rude when sharing your excitement. Breaking into the list shouldn’t be an excuse for going after Wonder Woman.
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Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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