A panel on Fox News’ “Your World With Neil Cavuto” discussed on Friday whether “Wonder Woman” is patriotic enough.
“‘Wonder Woman’ is out in theaters right now. Some are calling it less American because her outfit isn’t red, white and blue — and, in order to appeal for foreign audiences, [it has] very little reference to America at all,” host Neil Cavuto said.
“I think, nowadays, sadly, money trumps patriotism,” panelist Dion Baia responded. “Especially, recently, I personally feel like we’re not really very patriotic, the country, in a certain sense. They want these movies to succeed internationally, so they’re going to dial back.”
Someone ought to remind the panelists that Diana Prince a.k.a. Wonder Woman in the film is actually a fictional Amazonian Goddess and not American at all. Cavuto added that even Captain America’s patriotism has been toned down for foreign appeal.
“Wonder Woman” powered to $11 million at the Thursday previews, which includes a gross of $1.5 million at IMAX theaters.
Starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, the film was initially tracking for an opening weekend in the $60 million-range, but estimates quickly revised those numbers to close to $100 million. The studio remains conservative with a $70 million estimate.
The film, directed by Patty Jenkins, follows Wonder Woman as she leaves her home of Themyscira to stop the great war after a pilot lands on the island, and tells her about what is happening outside of the bubble that is Diana’s home.
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