An Amazonian princess leaves her island paradise to help
an American spy foil a German plot in the last years of WWI.
Wonder Woman (2017)
Directed by Patty Jenkins
Written by Allan Heinberg
Starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Said Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, Eugene Brave Rock, Lucy Davis, Elena Anaya
Spin-Off of 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Based on characters from DC Comics
I think it's a safe assumption that the future of the DCEU was depending on this film's success or failure. Their track record has not worked in their favor. Man of Steel was just okay, Batman v Superman was a disappointment, and Suicide Squad was a complete mess. With Justice League in the immediate future, every comic fan out there knew that Wonder Woman didn't need to be good to keep them interested. It needed to be great. Now that it's out and I've had a chance to see it for myself, I can happily say that DC has accomplished the impossible. Wonder Woman is their comeback film and gives me high hopes for the future of the DCEU.
After Gal Gadot's brief but enjoyable first appearance in Batman v Superman, I had no doubts that she would knock it out of the park in her own movie. She really does justice to one of fiction's greatest female heroes, and her chemistry with Chris Pine's Steve Trevor is one of the best parts of the movie. I am also glad that DC decided to go for the gold in the villain department with evil god Ares. He's really the first villain to shine in the DCEU and that's owed mostly to the choice of casting. The film is visually stunning and stands tall above the rest of the DCEU catalog so far.
In more ways than one, Wonder Woman needed to succeed. It wasn't just the last DC film before Justice League. It was the first major female-led superhero movie, beating Marvel's upcoming Captain Marvel film by two years. This film's success opens the floodgates for fairer treatment of female-led superhero movies and other action films. It's about time, too. The very fact that we've had six big screen Batmen and three big screen Supermen in the time it took to bring one Wonder Woman to the big screen speaks for itself. But now that DC and Warner Bros. has shown the possibilities, I think we'll be seeing a lot more big screen superheroines in the near future.