To Shave or Not To Shave…
In the lead up to the release of the first female led Superhero film, Wonder Woman. A trailer was released that showcased the strength and power of Gal Gadot’s title character.
But instead of exciting and inspiring people into wanting to see the film, a number of viewers and detractors decided to focus something minor. In a universe where an alien can fly, the detractors’ main focus was on this shot.
The shot in question was of Wonder Woman throwing a tank over her head. The problem, if you can call it that was that her armpits were bare. Also, her skin tone didn’t match the rest if her body. It’s a pretty sad state of affairs when the public point out a detail like this.
The film, directed by Patty Jenkins marks the first film, since 2004’s Catwoman, with a female superhero in the lead. It almost seems like those who have disliked the DCEU are finding small, petty things to complain and shout about.
The main argument against the offending armpit is that the immortal women living on Themyscira wouldn’t have access to the newest Gillette Venus range. (Pun most definitely intended).
However, it appears that Warner Bros have taken the criticism on board and altered it in post production. They have altered the colour of Gadot’s bare armpit so that it matches the rest of her tanned body.
This correction is merely cosmetic and in the film the discolouration will most likely be unnoticeable. But as DC are playing catch-up to Marvel, they are open to attack from critics. Luckily, Warner seem to be doing everything to appease these complaints.
However, if the only criticism to come out from a trailer release is the hairlessness and colour of Gadot’s armpit, I can understand why they have done this. However, would they have done this to Batman/Superman or Marvel heroes such as Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel, or Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow?
The irony is that the Egyptian and the Greco-Roman world were renowned for their bath houses and increased personal hygiene techniques. It wasn’t uncommon for the rich in society to remove hair and bathe as it was widely regarded that to do this showed off your wealth and staved off illness.
There are also benefits of having less hair in battle as it can be used to pull. It is widely believed the Spartans would shave each other before battle to stop this. Hair also creates and holds odour so when hunting your prey will not catch your scent.
Everyone’s a Critic
So for the image of Wonder Woman’s armpit being devoid of hair would not be that far from the truth. As Diana is the daughter of the Queen of the Amazons she would practice the removal of body hair.
As for the fact her armpits aren’t as tanned as the rest of her body, I doubt Diana would be sunbathing with her arms above her head, unless the Amazonian women take breaks between warrior training.
It just feels like the detractors are complaining about anything and everything they can when it comes to the DCEU. However, this has now been rectified in post production so we can all breath a sigh of relief. We can move forward looking forward to the first female-led superhero movie.
Hopefully this complaint will be the only one fired at the film and it will be a win for Warner and the DCEU.
We’ll all be able to see Wonder Woman in all her hairless tanned glory in cinemas on June 2nd.