And just like that, Wonder Woman comes along and provides the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. To put it plainly, this film was sorely needed by the DC Extended Cinematic Universe. Man of Steel, of course, was the beginning, and everything looked really promising at that point. Then came the disappointing BvS: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, however, and despite the fact that I didn’t really hate either of those films, others did and there has been a lot of talk about the DC universe being a failure. Well, hopefully, Wonder Woman will put a lot of that talk on hold, because it’s that good.
Israeli actress Gal Gadot is absolutely iconic in the titular role, which should surprise no one since her performance was a bright point in the gloom of BvS: Dawn of Justice. On top of that, the tone of the film is completely different and much more rousing. This is an inspiring comic book story, being played out in live-action, and it’s awesome. To put it simply, Wonder Woman is the kind of story most of us grew up with. That’s really important too, because those tales are what made us superhero fans in the first place. And, on top of that, the presentation here is so beautifully it’s almost breathtaking.
Of course, Wonder Woman isn’t without its critics. Gail Simone, who wrote for the Wonder Woman comic books as well as many others, criticized the film for changes made to the Amazonian Princess’s origin story. And I can understand that. Completely, in fact. Interposing Zeus into her origin does change her story quite a bit, becoming about her father rather than her mother. I guess I’m just not quite as married to the character as seen in the comics as others. Also, I’ve trained myself to accept changes whenever a character is adapted. I still rather enjoyed the film, even while acknowledging those understandable critiques.
All things considered, I think Wonder Woman is the shot in the arm the DC Extended Cinematic Universe desperately needed. Granted, as I have written previously, I haven’t hated the other films. Not hating them, however, is a far cry from actually loving them. Wonder Woman, on the other hand, I truly loved. It has done nothing but renew my excitement for Justice League in November, and for that I am definitely grateful.