In fact, we’re totally captivated by it.
**WARNING, SPOILERS AHEAD. (Although I have tried my very best to minimized the impact)
In the cinematic universe of DC and Marvel, there have been a total of 18 films combined that were released, none of which were led by a female-lead. Just like in the settings of the movie itself, having a female lead to pilot a film was never a wise choice. It is often seen in films that females are portrayed as a central accompanying figure for the main actor, such as Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) from Iron Man or Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) from Thor. But with Wonder Woman, the scales have safely been turned. Having earned a whopping 100.5 million in North America during its weekend opening, Wonder Woman has proven itself a force to be reckoned with, already besting any other female superhero led films in its entirety (such as Catwoman or Elektra). Wonder Woman is also projected to pass the 200 million mark also thanks to strong showings worldwide as well.
First, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman
She is a soldier, beauty pageant winner, former law student and a mother. Gal Gadot is the epitome of female empowerment, which is why the role of Wonder Woman suited her so perfectly that it almost seemed tailor-made for her. Although Patty Jenkins intially said that she was disappointed when she found out that Gal Gadot was casted (as she wanted an American), she was eventually glad to have found Gadot. As she said, unlike the other directors, she would not have “scoured the ends of the earth” to find a woman like Gadot, but she was glad that they did. As Wonder Woman, Diana Prince of Themyscira, she brought this beloved comic book superhero into life. She portrayed Diana as a woman who is strong, bold, naive but not stupid. As she has not acquaint herself with humanity, it was only befitting that she met Steve Trevor (aka Chris Pine). a mere Captain but a courageous one, to show her the ropes (although it was clearly the other way round).
Let us go back to Gal Gadot, shall we? First, she was a former beauty pageant contestant, having won Miss Israel in 2004, she went on to compete in Miss Universe before turning to study law. After-which she was cast to play Gisele Yashar in Fast & Furious 6 which helped established her image in Hollywood. Not long after, she was cast as Wonder Woman in Batman vs Superman, and now eventually, Wonder Woman. Oh, did I mention that she also served in the Israeli Army for 2 years as well? Well, now we know where she acquired all that tenacity and moves!
So yup, she is definitely one of a kind.
Chemistry between Chris Pine and Gal Galdot
What is different from other comic book superhero movie is that the catalyst for Wonder Woman’s true power comes from none other than the power of love itself. Cliche as it may seems, I believe that the audience bought it (so did I). In a cinematic universe where there only seems to be revenge, morality and power, Wonder Woman offers itself as atypical film that cuddles up to the likes of contemporary romance films that young fans would spend their money on to catch every sequel. Chris Pine himself, is a man to behold, not only witty and humorous, his sense of justice and courage alone is enough to empower Wonder Woman into defeating her enemy. This role reversal (which you might seem evident in Captain America) of a female being more powerful than its love-interest/counterpart is not common in films of today,
First theatrical release in its 75 years of existence
Yes, Wonder Woman has finally gotten its theatrical release in its 75 years of existence. Did I just repeat myself? Yeah, I did. Because that is a whopping 75 years, it is not like we had to wait 75 years for Spider Man (which has re-franchised itself like what, three times already?) or Batman (which has the same villain in repeat for every re-franchise), but hey, we’re talking about Wonder Woman, and that is in itself a historical moment for mankind.
In addition to that, Gal Gadot is also the first female to take the lead in a superhero franchise in 12 years, and from what we have seen, she is more than capable of holding herself on par with other big, masculine superheroes like Captain America (Chris Evans) or Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.).
Need I mention more? Wonder Woman is first DC or comic-book movie to be directed by a female director (although the story may have been written by three other males, which includes Zack Synder) but, we can safely say that she has paved the path for more female-led directed films in the future. In addition, you can definitely credit her for safely stirring DC comic films back into the competition against Marvel. I would herald her as the director that has brought DC films back into the picture, she took the ultimate risk for this project, which could have either gone incredibly south or all the way to box office success (which is what happened).
What to expect from now on?
A remarkable breakthrough for DC considering the overwhelming disappointments of Superman and Batman vs Superman as well as Suicide Squad. Now we will wait for the next of the DC installment in its attempt to reboot the entire DC cinematic franchise – Justice League, where we will be introduced to other beloved superheroes (including mine) as well as its counterparts (villains of course).
For now, let us end with a fun-fact. Guess what? It has been announced that Wonder Woman is bisexual. Whoa.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars