Comic-Con’s “Women Who Kick As$” Panel Actually Kicked As$
This year’s San Diego Comic-Con marked the sixth anniversary of *Entertainment Weekly’*s “Women Who Kick Ass” panel, and let’s just say it totally kicked ass, with an all-star lineup featuring Hayley Atwell (from ABC’s Agent Carter), Kathy Bates (American Horror Story), Gwendoline Christie (badass Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones), Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who), and Gal Gadot (your new Wonder Woman in the Batman vs. Superman movie).
*Here are a few of the panel highlights:
Spandex isn’t a requirement for kick-ass women
*When asked to name some of their favorite ass-kicking predecessors, Atwell named silver-screen legend Bette Davis. “She had gravitas, she was complicated…. She was formidable, notorious, incredibly talented, bold, and opinionated at a time when that didn’t really seem to be the norm for women.” Coleman also named a film icon, Katherine Hepburn, while Bates and Gadot named their mothers as their #1 Kick-Ass inspirations.
Gal Gadot says her Wonder Woman is the “Wonder Woman for today.”
The new Wonder Woman also spoke out about working on character development and fixing lines with directors and writers.
“I get it more now as a mother; I have a three-year old daughter and for me responsibility goes hand-in-hand with my character development and luckily I was able to communicate all the problems I had with my characters with the directors I worked with (who were all men).”
And on putting that amazing costume on for the first time: “It was like an out-of-body experience. There I was little Gal from Israel becoming Wonder Woman.”
Even badass women are susceptible to failure
Speaking about about a spoiler-y occurrence related to Brienne in the season five GoT finale, Christie said, “I’d like to see her redeem herself again, but what I love about that terribly disappointing incident is…[that moment] made us see her humanity, and how we all fail, and even the strongest, badass women fail. As long as you try to redeem yourself again and achieve your goals in pursuit of the greater good, then that’s all you can do.”
There’s a good chance Doctor Who will be a woman someday
According to Coleman, who plays the Doctor’s current companion, there’s “no reason” the regenerating alien couldn’t be a woman in the future. And the current Doctor, actor Peter Capaldi, agrees. “I would expect so at some point, why not?” he said at another panel over the weekend.
If you’re a kick-ass woman, the Internet is your friend
“Initially when I left drama school, the world was a less embracing place because the Internet wasn’t so available to everybody. The Internet has made people’s frame of reference so much more diverse, and as a consequence, what we’re seeing is characters like the ones all the women here play being embraced because women want to see themselves being represented in a more realistic way, I think,” Christie said. “And not just women, men—we’re all so unique, and that’s what we want to see.”
Check out a video of the rest of the panel below: