There have already been early screenings for Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot. As part of the DC Extended Universe (or DCEU), the umbrella term for the recent Warner Brothers films featuring DC’s heroes, this film continues the mythology that began with Man of Steel and has been built up by Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad. While each of these three films has been financially successful, Batman V Superman was not as successful with American audiences as WB might’ve hoped and was largely criticized. Suicide Squad made a decent profit, but was critically panned across the board. That would already put pressure on a Wonder Woman movie, but there’s the added pressure that this is the first US feature film to focus on a female superhero title character since the flops that were Catwoman and Elektra. Many have been concerned that if this film fails again, or even only fails in the eyes of its studio, then we won’t see serious effort from many to make another female led superhero film for perhaps another decade at least.
So it’s a great relief for many that so far, the early reactions to Wonder Woman are very positive. Jenna Busch, Editor-in-Chief of the website Legion of Leia, declared on Twitter: “I’m finally allowed to say it: I loved #WonderWoman! I teared up watching her fight. The Amazons kick ass!” She then added: “Also @GalGadot is PERFECT as #WonderWoman! I can’t wait for you guys to see this film! #SheIsWonderWoman”
Alisha Grauso, Editor-in-Chief of Movie Pilot News, said: “Rough parts? Sure. But guys, guys, YOU GUYS! You’ll truly LAUGH. And you’ll walk out, for once, feeling downright inspired by a DC movie.” She then added, “Obviously an in-depth review coming, but I’m overjoyed to see a long-overdue ass-kicking ray of hope in the DCEU & her name is #WonderWoman.”
A source close to Oodon commented: “This is my favorite DC movie since The Dark Knight. It gets dark like that, but the character of Wonder Woman herself is all about compassion and hope, it’s like the Christopher Reeve idea is back. Parts of the story don’t work, but Wonder Woman herself is so great that it makes it ok.”
Wonder Woman comes out June 2nd. Make sure to see it opening weekend if you can so the studios know just how much we’ve been waiting for a movie like this.