Music & Culture
Viewing “Wonder Woman” Through Spiritual Eyes
Written by Christi Given | June 23, 2017
The recent Warner Bros. film Wonder Woman: Rise of the Warrior was released on June 2, 2017. The film’s plot is about ending all violence, wars and destruction, and speaking up for the voiceless and ending injustice. The movie is based on the Marvel DC comic book character, who is played by Israeli actress Gal Gadot.
Here is a synopsis of the film: “Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.”
The modernized romance, action, thriller and historical film of Wonder Woman, as depicted in the 2017 release, was way better than I expected. The film was not a fantasy-based comic-book fictional tale, but rather took us into the history of the First World War and depicted courage, bravery and feminine heroism. The costumes, music and cinematography were all so well done that I consider this to be an epic film of the year. The acting and special effects were incredible and it was somewhat relatable with the ties into modern history and the romance.
The film reminds me somewhat of a Queen Esther type of story, where she used her platform of power and position to speak up for her people (the Jewish people who were threatened by Haman), and spoke up for the voiceless. The view of the film through spiritual eyes is very encouraging, as it reminds me of the Ephesians 6 chapter and book of the Bible where it tells us to “Put on the whole armor of God…” (Ephesians 6:1).
What’s neat is that the actress Gal Gadot is Jewish and also won a beauty pageant, just like the Jewish Queen Esther did before she married King Xerxes in the Bible. Gadot really reminded me of a modern-day Esther in the film. Gadot said, per the quotes section on the International Movie Database (IMDB) website:
“I definitely have a strong sense of my Jewish and Israeli identity. I did my two-year military service, I was brought up in a very Jewish, Israeli family environment, so of course my heritage is very important to me. I want people to have a good impression of Israel. I don’t feel like I’m an ambassador for my country, but I do talk about Israel a lot—I enjoy telling people about where I come from and my religion.”
For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this? (Esther 4:14)
Of course, I understand this is a fictional, Hollywood twist on the original William Moulton Marston character of Wonder Woman (1941) and the DC comic book series, but the theme of the film could be applied to those who are fighting battles spiritually—if you choose to watch the film through that lens. I thought for you PI Girls, since it is such a “blockbuster” hit, going over the $600 million mark this weekend, it would be inspiring to look at the film with this view.
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. (2 Corinthians 10:4)
When I was watching the film, directed by Patty Jenkins, I was thinking of the sword of the spirit (Ephesians 6:17), the shield of faith, and how we are called daughters of the King and have the ability to pray through spiritual wars (2 Corinthians 10:4).
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:10-17)
PI Girls, have you seen the film and do you know the significance of the full armor of God? We need to clothe ourselves with the Word of the Lord (the Bible, aka The Sword of the Spirit and living water), and we need to speak up for the injustices in the world.
Do you think Wonder Woman is similar to a Warrior Princess for God’s Kingdom? Comment below!
[Sources: nytimes.com; imdb.com/title/tt0451279; hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/wonder-woman-movies-world-war-i-story-is-missed-opportunity-1010034; dccomics.com/characters/wonder-woman; forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2017/06/21/box-office-wonder-woman-is-about-to-cross-600-million-worldwide]