Time to cheer ladies. We finally have a superhero that can compete favourably with their male counterparts or even better. Yay! Our Amazon is gorgeous, compelling with conflicted human emotions that makes her character as interesting as the male superheroes. And she can kick ass too! (Especially the male variety). Lol! And guess what; the film was directed by a female director, Patty Jenkins. What a man can do… Don’t get me wrong, I’m no feminist. Just sick and tired of lame female heroines like the recent Bionic Woman and Supergirl series. Yuck! Anyways, Jenkins is the first female director of a studio superhero movie and the film Wonder Woman rocks. So, maybe DC Comics should take a cue from this for upcoming films…
The 2017 American superhero film based on the character of the same name, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, is the fourth installment in the DC Extended Universe. Screenplay was by Allan Heinberg from a story by Heinberg, Zack Snyder, and Jason Fuchs. Gal Gadot stars as the titular character with Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, and Elena Anaya in supporting roles. Wonder Woman is the second live action theatrical film featuring the titular character, following her debut in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
(Gadot) still known as Princes Diana in the film journeys from her Amazon island of Themyscira with an American pilot Steve Trevor (Pine) to end the ongoing World War and becomes Wonder Woman in the process. Development for the film actually began in 1996, but Jenkins signed on to direct in 2015. Principal photography began on November 21, 2015, with filming taking place in the United Kingdom, France, and Italy before wrapping up on May 9, 2016. Additional filming took place in November 2016.
In response to this version of the screenplay, Gadot stated that she and Jenkins wanted the character to be as human as possible. Director Jenkins who inherited “Gal Gadot” from Zack Snyder said she initially had reservations about Gadot as Wonder Woman but later on decided her predecessor made a better choice than she might have. That Gadot was authentic to the character.
I have to agree. Gadot was simply amazing; fierce and compassionate at the same time while outwardly visualizing of her internal battles. It just felt like she was made for the role. And I know only two superheroes like that; Evans as Captain American and Jackman’s Wolverine (And both are Marvel characters). Does that mean DC is going give Marvel some competition with Wonder Woman? Gadot has since signed a three-picture deal. For fans who criticized Snyder’s choice of Gadot over Élodie Yung and Olga Kurylenko; I’ve got two words…
Wonder Woman premiered in Shanghai on May 15, 2017, in Los Angeles on May 25, and had its Latin America premiere in Mexico City on May 27. The film set records for the biggest domestic opening for a female director ($103.3 million) and the biggest opening for a female-led comic book film. It was also the 16th superhero film to cross $100 million in its domestic box office launch and the biggest DC Comics release without Batman or Superman (ahead of Constantine). It has grossed $571 million worldwide against a budget of $149 million, making it the sixth highest-grossing film of 2017.
Wonder Woman is not without it’s controversies with the ban in Lebanon after the Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel asked the Lebanese government’s Ministry of Economy and Trade to block the film because its star, Gal Gadot, served in the Israeli military. Variety later reported that a Tunisian court were asked to suspend the theatrical release of the film because of a lawsuit brought by the Al-Chaab party and the Tunisian Association of Young Lawyers. By June 11, Al Bawaba reported that the government decided not to do so, as there was no legal precedent for it. I also heard some men were unhappy with the “women-only” screenings of the movie held at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, claiming that such screenings were sexist against men. It would seem everyone has some axe to grind with this film.
Wonder Woman received largely positive reviews, with many critics calling it the best film in the DC Extended Universe to date and praising Jenkins’ direction, as well as Gadot and Pine’s performances and chemistry, the screenplay, action sequences, and musical score. With one critic positively comparing it to Captain America: The First Avenger. On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the site’s critical consensus reads, “Thrilling, earnest, and buoyed by Gal Gadot’s charismatic performance, Wonder Woman succeeds in spectacular fashion.
On the negative train, Peter Travers of Rolling Stone criticized the film’s over-reliance on exposition: “Wonder Woman is hobbled by a slogging origin story and action that only comes in fits and starts.” And Rachel Becker of The Verge for the scientific nonsense of using “hydrogen-based” chemical weapon as a plot device. “First off, mustard gas is such a horrible, terrifying weapon, it doesn’t need to be made more potent.”
The Federalist suggests that Wonder Woman is “a story of Jesus“. And I’m like “how” in heaven’s name! Sometimes I wonder where we critics get our ideologies from. Jollyhood’s just glad that we’ve got a female figure to look up. (It’s hard to believe this statuesque figure is a mother of two). Gadot’s play off with Pine was just right. The plot and the action sequences on spot. I also liked the realistic feel of 1918 England and the war torn era with minimal CGI effects as opposed to other superhero film. However I did get a bit bored towards the end, watching the overlong cliché fight between Wonder Woman and the bad guy. But my boredom was revived by a not so cliché death. I can only hope that director Jenkins does justice to the remaining sequels.
Wonder Woman was awarded “Best of Show” at the 2017 Golden Trailer Awards. It also won “Best Fantasy /Adventure” and “Best Summer 2017 Blockbuster Poster”. While originally signed for three feature films, with Wonder Woman being her second, Gadot has extended her contract beyond that. Jenkins, who was initially signed for only one movie, has expressed her desire in returning to direct the sequel. Was that ever in doubt?
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