On Wednesday, Alamo Drafthouse Austin announced it would hold a women-only "Wonder Woman" screening when the movie debuts in June. The special Alamo screening is billed as a chance for a few of Diana Prince's many, many female fans to gather together in "celebration of one of the most enduring and inspiring characters ever created".
The idea that a women-only screening is analogous to a hypothetical men-only screening is clearly absurd, especially considering that women are the group that has been under-represented in superhero movies, not men.
As women's reproductive rights are continually assailed by the Trump administration, it's a great expression of privilege to moan about being excluded from two screenings of a superhero movie out of all of moviegoing history.
The Alamo Drafthouse staff hardly had anything insidious in mind when they organized the first showing, which sold out in mere hours.
"And when we say 'Women (and People Who Identify As Women) Only, ' we mean it", the company announced on its website. "Again, truly, truly, truly, truly sorry that we've offended you".
Other men tried to make this women-only screen into an argument akin to Texas's "bathroom" debate over trans women using public women's restrooms, to which the social media page immediately shut down. In addition to adding a second Austin screening, Alamo Drafthouse wrote on Facebook that the theater might add other women-only screenings of Wonder Woman to its NY locations. "We'll have the hardest working, baddest ass staff possible on deck".
The Texas-based Alamo Drafthouse movie theater chain is known for their creative marketing, from themed food and drinks to "quote-along" screenings.
To be fair, while there are plenty of men crying foul over the women-only Wonder Woman screenings, many evolved, secure men have spoken out in favor of the screenings, taking down the naysayers in the process.
"We are very excited to present select, women-only Wonder Woman screenings at Alamo Drafthouse", Hendrix said. "As a result, we will be expanding this program across the country and inviting women everywhere to join us as we celebrate this iconic superheroine in our theaters".