If you can believe the early buzz, the new Wonder Woman film may just save the DC comics movie franchise.
The movie, scheduled for release on June 2, stars Gal Gadot as the Amazon princess with superpowers. Critics and press recently had a chance to screen “Wonder Woman.” And once Warner Bros. lifted the social media embargo, critics couldn’t wait to share their thoughts.
‘Wonder Woman’ Earns High Praise
The majority of early reviews for “Wonder Woman” give it high marks. In fact, one writer compared it to another critically acclaimed superhero movie.
Loved WONDER WOMAN. She reminds me of Christopher Reeve's Superman: true north superhero w/ no angst or cynicism, which is needed right now.
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) May 19, 2017
Not bad company for comparison.
Others call it the “best DCEU movie to date.” DCEU means DC Extended Universe or “the shared universe and associated media franchise that is centered on a series of superhero films based on characters that appear in publications by DC Comics.” These movies launched in 2011 with “Man of Steel,” featuring Superman.
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) May 19, 2017
Other critics got a little more specific on why they enjoyed “Wonder Woman” so much. Gal Godot in particular got major kudos for her performance as Princess Diana/Wonder Woman.
2. Gal Godot is absolutely phenomenal as #WonderWoman. She KILLS it, just surprisingly good. A truly heroic light DCEU desperately needs.
— Alisha Grauso (@AlishaGrauso) May 19, 2017
#WonderWoman is the best DCEU film so far. The heart of Gal Gadot's Diana powers it, and the shift from mythic into WWI story really works.
— Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) May 19, 2017
Remember, this is Godot’s second appearance as Wonder Woman. The heroine made a brief appearance in “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” In fact, many people (including critics) felt Godot’s performance “stole the spotlight” in an otherwise dark and disappointing movie.
The trailer for the latest movie set expectations pretty high, so it’s amazing to see it live up to the hype.
The Long Journey To The Big Screen
Wonder Woman made her comic book debut all the way back in 1941. Other than Superman and Batman, no other superhero has been around longer.
Over the years, filmmakers have brought dozens of superheroes to the screen: Superman, Batman, Iron Man, Spider Man, the X-Men, the Hulk, Thor, etc. However, the Amazon princess seemed to languish in the background.
Finally, in 2015, filming of the new Wonder Woman movie began with director Patty Jenkins. It seems appropriate that it took a woman director to make this movie happen, right?
After some lackluster reviews of the most recent DCEU movies—”Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad”—it looks like Wonder Woman may save the day for movie fans, after all. “Wonder Woman” may even be one of the top movies of the Summer of 2017.
June 2 can’t come soon enough.