Joss Whedon claps back at haters of women-only ‘Wonder Woman’ shows

June 02, 2017
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In this photo provided by Disney/Marvel, director Joss Whedon works on set for the film, "Avengers: Age Of Ultron." The movie releases in the United States, on May 1, 2015. (Jay Maidment/ Disney/Marvel via AP)

Can’t an Amazon warrior princess make her solo movie debut without being burdened by controversy? Apparently not, as the hits in the saga of Alamo Drafthouse’s women-only “Wonder Woman” screenings keep coming.

First, the men who just couldn’t handle the idea of a place for women to celebrate the first female-led superhero blockbuster of the modern era together emerged. (Drafthouse clapped back.) Then, a man wrote a misogynistic email to Austin Mayor Steve Adler  encouraging men to boycott the entire city of Austin over the screenings. (Adler clapped back.)  And on Friday, the American-Statesman’s Elizabeth Findell reported that a law professor at Albany Law School had filed a complaint with Austin’s Equal Employment and Fair Housing Office over the screenings. 

To all of this, a man who knows a thing or two about super women has clapped the heck back.

“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” creator and “Avengers” director Joss Whedon tweeted Friday “I got to see Wonder Woman by myself weeks ago so shut up there's already been a man-only screening.” He also added a colorful coda in praise of Patty Jenkins’ film, which opened Thursday.

Whedon will get a chance to join the Amazing Amazon in battle again in the future: He’s taken over directorial duties on the upcoming “Justice League,” which also features Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, from Zack Snyder. The “Firefly” auteur also famously once had his eyes set on a solo Wonder Woman vehicle in 2006.

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