She really is carrying the DCEU.
Directed by Patty Jenkins, this one superhero film, the first female-led superhero film in a while, has quite literally just saved the DCEU from total failure. Joss Whedon, we here you’re doing major reshoots now that you’re helming Justice League, I hope those are worth it.
The film recounts Wonder Woman’s days on Themyscira, her defiance of her mother and her introduction to the rest of the world; including her intervention in World War 1.
Diana’s journey from sheltered child, to fierce warrior, to protector of humanity is a tale not many think of when it comes to superheroes. We all know about the death of Uncle Ben, the murder of Thomas and Martha, and the destruction of Krypton, some of us know there is more to Wolverine’s origins than the films let on; but how many of us can confidently say we know Wonder Woman’s origins?
I must say that even though I’ve been reading DC Rebirth Wonder Woman, and I did read her New 52 run, but beyond this film, I don’t really know all that much about Wonder Woman. Up until recently, she was one of those characters who’s story you could just gloss over (but then, the writing in her comics has also improved as of the start of Rebirth; seriously, that’s some recommended reading right there).
And while the film does put a new spin on Wonder Woman and her origins, I can’t really talk about that without spoiling the film.
WARNING: no spoilers ahead.
The acting in Wonder Woman was incredible, the characters were believable and so was the world they were in; the environments they moved through, the people around them, the constant emphasis on Diana being a strong and independent woman in a time when women weren’t really allowed to be strong and independent.
The story itself was well written and I’d love to take a look at any previous versions of the script, see how the producers came to the ideas and conclusions that they did; because there are certain things in the film that I would have loved to see go the other way.
Does the film deserve the high praise it has received? It was amazing, I’ll give it that and I’d definitely go watch it again, but – oh, you know what, I’ll be honest with you; that was the best superhero film I have ever seen and I can’t find anything wrong with it.
We’ve gotten so used to DCEU films flopping that when a good one comes out, I just can’t resist the temptation to hate on it, but there is seriously nothing bad or wrong with this film. It is flawless.