Wonder Woman is an epic movie that will inspire generations of young women to be honest, worthy and honorable and to fight for what is right. But there’s something else in this movie…for us moms to cheer for…the casting of the Amazon women. Let me break it down for you.
The actresses cast in this movie defy the Hollywood stereotype and exemplify the beauty and power of women.
Connie Nielsen, Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons is 51. You probably best remember her from her role in Gladiator. Watch her dismount this horse and kick some a**.
Robin Wright as Antiope, the General of the Amazon Army, is also 51. Watch this battle training scene where her fit, strong body matches and at times overpowers that of her 32 year old counterpart Gal Gadot. But note her age is not denied but enhanced in the natural beauty of her face and the expression of her character’s expertise.
And to best demonstrate the physical prowess of the Amazon’s they cast professional athletes in the roles.You can see them all in the battle scenes.
“Some of the female athletes in the film include former Team GB pentathlete and long-jumper Jenny Pacey, Nigerian heptathlete Moe Sasegbon, Swedish kickboxer Madeleine Vall Beijner, pro boxer Ann Wolfe, martial artists Mayling Ng and Samantha Jo and CrossFit champ Brooke Ence.” – Excelle Sports
Anne Wolfe, a professional American boxer who plays Artemis is 46.
“Wolfe, who retired in 2006 with a 24–1 record, became the only boxer in history — male or female — to capture and defend four world titles in four weight classes simultaneously.” – The Ringer
Connie Nielsen is the founder of the Human Needs Project. A humanitarian organization whose overriding objective is to provide basic services (clean water, sanitation and energy) and empowerment services (business skills training, microcredit, a wifi, health kiosk, and a green marketplace ) to slums around the world through the creation of replicable, self-sustaining Town Centers.
Robin Wright is the co-founder of Pour les Femmes a socially conscious sleepwear company founded by actress and activist Robin Wright and designer Karen Fowler. The two friends started their company with one goal in mind: to make simple, beautiful, and quality pieces while creating economic opportunity for women in conflict regions around the globe.
All three of these women are over 40! They are all moms. The movie was produced by Zach and Deborah Snyder (who also produced 300 which is why the battle scenes are epic). The movie was directed by Patty Jenkins – a woman. Oh, and Gal Gadot was 5 months pregnant when they shot retakes for the movie.
Babam! Now thats women power!
PHOTO CREDIT: Comic Book News