When Amaya Suriyapperuma and fellow cosplayer Seshani Cooray chose to dress up as Wonder Woman at the Comic Con 2017 event in Colombo, they were not expecting it to send them on a rollercoaster ride of demeaning online memes.
Cooray who said she is drawn to Wonder Woman’s empowering message told the BBC that she was “offended” and “shocked” that “most of the memes and comments I received seemed to objectify me”.
Numerous comments objectified with the pair, with Amaya admitting that she was initially shocked at the reaction. Then a supportive post on Twitter went viral and brought in some high-powered allies.
“The greatest thing about making this movie was the fact that you’re really building to the Wonder Woman that we all love, but not until the end of the movie”, Jenkins reflects.
The interview also sheds another light on the scene that Jenkins has alluded to before in interviews that the No Man’s Land scene is all about Diana Prince becoming Wonder Woman, it’s not about fighting the enemy or about showing off her superpowers, but about her major transformation as a character. Suriyapperuma was quoted as saying.
“It felt awesome – my inner fangirl is never going to forget this!” said Cooray, who was stunned at the attention the photo received.
Cooray, meanwhile, said she was equally stunned by the recognition.
“I think it’s actually a good thing that this is a public story”, Ms Suriyapperuma explains. Jenkins adds. “It should be a totally different movie, but a grand and now full-blown Wonder Woman in the world”.