The unnecessary barbarism of war is a topic increasingly discussed as 2017 becomes ever more frightening to live in, and so Wonder Woman may have accidently become the most emotionally resonant superhero story of the year. Though some were anxious after her all-too-brief debut in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, let me assure you that they needn't have been; Gadot brings warmth, humor and an incredible physicality to the role which is sure to make fans of the iconic DC heroine very happy.
Lynda Carter as the 1970s Wonder Woman. Time will tell whether Hollywood is about to find itself in the thrall of a heroine addiction.
It's debatable whether any of us "deserve" this flashy and sporadically entertaining origin story.
As a result, the film has its own tone and storyline that stands apart from Snyder's Justice League and its inevitable sequel. "Wonder Woman" isn't an unbelievable piece of art, though it will likely satisfy fans of the other over-the-top superhero films released in the past decade or so.
Overall, Wonder Woman is the not-so-bleak film that audiences have been waiting for.
But really, we're not here for the villain, or the story, or the CGI-which is truly rough at times-we're here for the characters, specifically Diana and Steve Trevor. Daughter of Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen), niece of General Antiope (Robin Wright), young Diana trains like a fiend for the day she will confront Ares, God of War and learn the secret of her origin story. Gadot's isn't playing Diana, Princess from Themyscria, she is Wonder Woman.
And I do not say this lightly. When Diana is intent on pursuing Danny Huston's Ludendorff, the evil German general behind the manufacture and deployment of devastating chemical weapons developed by sidekick Dr. Maru (Elena Anaya), Trevor assembles a rag-tag bunch of misfit soldiers to accompany her. She's a woman who loves people for who they are. While she tried to focus majorly on Wonder Woman, Gadot went a little off-beat and discussed her possibility of beating Superman Henry Cavill if a particular comic book line (featuring the two superhero clash) is adapted.
We meet the Amazon princess Diana when she is just a little girl living on the remote (in more ways than one) and handsome and idyllic island of Themyscira. She had a very clear vision of who the Wonder Woman was that she wanted to see. Many don't, and they will likely be forgotten as filler in a decade's time, but there's a care and an thematic ambition to Wonder Woman that elevates it above, and against the odds the fact that this is one of so few female-led examples of the genre becomes a mere side note. "She loves people for their hearts". At its best, Wonder Woman offers a version of the character that is both timeless and novel, and for finding that correct balance on all fronts, Jenkins herself has risen to a new level of professional accomplishment. In this movie she does not experience any bisexual relationships.
And I don't want to really spoil anything else.
Using World War I as a backdrop felt more foreign than I thought it would, which also may have contributed to its pacing issues. Under the leadership of Geoff Johns, the DCEU is looking for a more optimistic and hopeful take on these classic characters. But when they are you never forget it, like Christopher Reeve with "Superman". The hype only increased when a female director (Patty Jenkins) took over the project in 2015, making "Wonder Woman" the first female superhero film to be directed by a woman. And then we kind of all realized we needed Captain America (and not to mention Chris Evans himself, who has sort of coopted the role of a moral crusader himself on social media). We have a big ensemble cast, but I can't tell you much about it - yet.