[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s official: Wonder Woman is a smash hit. From the day the critic reviews came in to the current box office status, the first female-fronted superhero flick from Marvel or DC is making a big splash. Not only is Wonder Woman an exceptionally fun blockbuster, it’s also paving the way for women in the superhero genre. In fact, it’s the highest grossing opening by a female director EVER.
Patty Jenkins took the reins on the first DC Comics success story. Jenkins had only one previous feature under her belt prior to Wonder Woman (not including a handful of TV movies). However, her one feature was Monster, starring Charlize Theron, so it was a good one to have on her resume.
Now Wonder Woman has cemented Jenkins’ status as a director to be reckoned with. It opened this weekend to a stellar $100.5 million. That means it passed up the previous record holder, Fifty Shades of Grey, which opened to $85.1 million.
Given all the praise the new movie is receiving, chances are it’s going to make even more people curious about seeing it. More people equals more money, so Wonder Woman is right on track to continue climbing.
Director Patty Jenkins Confirmed for Wonder Woman Sequel – YES!
Patty Jenkins Is Back!
[dropcap]I[/dropcap]f there’s one thing Hollywood knows how to do, it’s taking something that works and sticking with it. Usually, that just means we get beat over the head with sequels until a franchise is run into the ground. However, sometimes, we actually get more of what we want. Case in point: Patty Jenkins will be returning to direct the Wonder Woman sequel.
Variety reported that Patty Jenkins has officially sealed the deal for the new project. Considering how much she was praised for her work on Wonder Woman (2017), it’s no wonder. The superhero film was highly anticipated due to the fact that it was the first big Marvel or DC pic to focus on a female lead. The fact that it was also helmed by a female director was an added bonus.
DC Comics films hadn’t been doing so hot with the critics, so there was a lot riding on this. Luckily, Patty Jenkins delivered. Wonder Woman earned $813 million at the worldwide box office. It also received a 92% “certified fresh” rating on RottenTomatoes.
Wonder Woman Returns
Naturally, Patty Jenkins isn’t the only fantastic female to be returning. Gal Gadot, who plays Wonder Woman herself, is also signed on for the project. Gadot was likewise praised for her work on the new movie. She was charismatic, loving, strong, graceful and accepting.
Unfortunately, we have to wait a while to see the new movie. Wonder Woman 2 is scheduled for release on December 13, 2019. On the bright side, Gadot’s Wonder Woman is set to appear in Justice League, which has an earlier release date of November 17, 2017.
Will you be checking out Wonder Woman 2 as soon as it’s out? We are already marking our calendars!
Movie Review: ‘Wonder Woman’ Finally Brings Heroism to the DCEU
[dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter the uneven and garish tones of Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, I wasn’t exactly looking forward to the first attempt at a Wonder Woman movie, especially after the dismally unfocused failure of a modern TV pilot. But I guess once you’ve crucified Superman and turned the Joker into a Juggalo, there’s nowhere to go but up (I hoped). And while Wonder Woman hasn’t exactly launched DC Comics into the cinematic stratosphere, it has enough spirit to revive my enthusiasm for the future of DC superhero movies in a single bound.
Before she was slinking in the shadows in Batman v Superman, Diana (Gal Gadot) was an Amazon woman on the hidden island of Themyscira. Tucked away from mortal men behind some foggy force field, her mother is determined to keep her safe from the hearts of mankind, but she’s much too adventurous to pass up the opportunity to explore.
Her infatuation turns into a moral desire for a hero’s calling when the British spy Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) stumbles onto her island. He must be a brilliant spy for the United Kingdom, given his flawless American accent. After he crashes his plane into the waters of Themyscira, Diana soon learns of World War I and how many lives are on the line. She figures that if she can just defeat that pesky Ares, the God of War that filled mankind with violence, she can put an end to the conflict with her god-killer of a sword.
With such talk of gods during World War I, I fully expected the movie to be an overly dour experience. Batman v Superman had already spoken of gods with such doom and gloom and it sounds rather grim that Wonder Woman has to slaughter a god among men. Director Patty Jenkins thankfully realizes how silly it is that Wonder Woman has to fight Ares to never make the scenario darker than it should be. Defeating such a villain requires a convoluted logic about showing love and compassion, while still trying to find a means to Wonder Woman’s hacking and slashing. Even sillier is the supporting female mad scientist who looks like the Phantom of the Opera and carries the name Doctor Poison! You can probably guess what type of gas she’s developing for the Germans.
But the key to Wonder Woman’s success is that it never gets too goofy with all these adventurous elements. Gadot and Pine have some amazing chemistry between each other when they enter the war. While Gadot tries to comprehend the complicated nature of politics and diplomacy, Pine attempts to make sure the Amazon warrior doesn’t go strutting around the streets of London with a sword and shield. These scenes could have turned into sitcom material from a different movie, especially with a comedic soundtrack to signal hijinks, but they never veer wildly off course from the mission at hand. You don’t want to get too silly when you have to stop that evil Doctor Poison when she’s developing super mustard gas, as well as a superhuman god drug as a side project.
Naturally, for being during wartime, the movie offers plenty of action scenes where Gal Gadot will literally spring into action on the battlefield. Machine gun fire holding back a defensive line? That’s no sweat for Wonder Woman’s shield. With her super strength and speed, she can easily go from zipping across the front line to flipping a tank with her hands. These scenes are all staged in a manner where the audience is never lost in what is going on in the action, making great use of slow motion when it’s needed. You can see everything in these scenes, including how cartoonish the CGI looks when Wonder Woman climbs buildings and leaps across rooftops. A little motion blurring could do wonders for her CGI body and make her bounds across German rooftops a little more human and less uncanny valley.
Read more for the rest of the Wonder Woman movie review:
‘Wonder Woman’ Is the Fantastic DC Movie We’ve Been Waiting For
[dropcap]L[/dropcap]ook out, Marvel! DC has (finally) entered the arena. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been dominating the box office, the critic scores and, well, pretty much everything. In comparison, the DC Comics movies have been a tragic disappointment. That is, until Wonder Woman came along.
DC is paving the way with the first female-fronted superhero movie in these two competing franchises. Considering the way DC movies like Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman turned out, fans weren’t very optimistic. Not to mention, this would be a bad movie to flub. If the first female-fronted superhero movie bombed, what kind of hope could we have for more female leads in the future?
The Votes Are In
Luckily, DC is finally using this time to shine. Wonder Woman is set to debut on June 2, but the critic reviews are already in. Rotten Tomatoes, which aggregates critic reviews, has given the blockbuster a stellar 96% “fresh” rating. That means 96% of critics gave it a thumbs up. That’s the absolute highest rank ANY Marvel or DC movie has received.
The overall consensus is that both the story and the cast are fantastic. Set during World War I, the plot follows Amazon princess Diana as she discovers a pilot who was nearly killed in a plane crash. He fills her in on what’s happening in the world, and Diana vows to help.
Gal Gadot stars as Diana (aka Wonder Woman, for the uninitiated in the comic world), and Chris Pine plays the pilot Steve Trevor. Joining them are Connie Nelson, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis and Ewan Bremner.
If Wonder Woman is any indication of where DC will go from here, things might finally be looking up. You hear that, Marvel? It’s time to step up your game!
This article originally appeared on GOATLife.com.
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