Wonder Woman brought up some Real Shit™ that is still applicable today, most importantly:

  • Chief explaining what happened to Native Americans
  • Charlie having PTSD and trying to deal with it
  • Sameer talking about how he wanted to be an actor but the color of his skin prevents that from happening
The thing about Charlie’s PTSD

(contains Wonder Woman spoilers)

You know the thing about him I noticed that I haven’t seen anyone mention? He’s a sniper with PTSD right? And there’s that scene where he points his rifle at the enemy sniper in the tower and can’t pull the trigger. And usually that would mean that the main character would end up having a conversation with him after which he’d get a ‘second opportunity’ to take that shot and this time wouldn’t flinch. 

And we’d be supposed to be proud of him because he ‘overcame his trauma’ by… doing the thing that caused his trauma in the first place? 

BUT THAT’S NOT WHAT HAPPENED HERE, instead we get an amazing scene where when Charlie thinks there’s no point in him going with them for their mission Diana smiles at him and tells him that there is: without him they wouldn’t have anyone to sing to them.

And I thought it was just so… in line with the message this movie was sending. And so true to Diana’s character.

Because in her eyes Charlie’s value as a person or a friend doesn’t rest in whether or not he can pull the trigger and kill.

And I though it was important. 

I mean this movie was filled with many such small but significant moments that addressed things like sexism and racism and the atrocities of colonization, and I’d mention them all it’s just that this one was one I hadn’t seen someone already discussing.

Qual é o problema em ser sozinho? Estar sozinho, viver sozinho, olhar as estrelas sozinho, correr sozinho, dançar sozinho, sorrir sozinho, amar sozinho. E então, percebeu o problema em ser sozinho?
—  Are you really okay, Charlie?

One thing I really loved about Wonder Woman was how well they treated Charlie, who was obviously neurodivergent and suffering from PTSD
When his mental illness got in the way of his job his friends didn’t get angry at him or blame him, they comforted him, took him to the side, and found ways to work with him, they assured him of his usefulness and treated him with understanding and kindness