The heavily-anticipated first Wonder Woman trailer has arrived, sending shockwaves through the San Diego Comic-Con crowd and beyond as the blockbuster sneak peak was unveiled at the event this weekend, reported Rolling Stone. The standalone film, directed by Patty Jenkins, comes after DC introduced the latest incarnation of the beloved super heroine – played by Gal Gadot – in the film Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
“The first trailer doesn’t provide too many plot details – Chris Pine’s World War I-era soldier washes up on Wonder Woman’s island and somehow convinces her to fight alongside the good guys – but there’s plenty of action sequences to get fans charged up before the film’s June 2, 2017 release.”
The new Wonder Woman trailer is a mesmerizing array of enticing visuals, including Wonder Woman herself – aka Diana Prince – taking on what appears to be an entire World War I army on her own, using only her shield, a sword and the always-present Lasso of Truth. Other scenes show her standing up to male domination and comparing a secretary to a slave in what could be viewed as a dig at the state of not only women’s, but also worker’s rights.
The new Wonder Woman movie will co-star Robin Wright, who is also currently enjoying a successful run on House of Cards opposite Kevin Spacey, along with Connie Nielsen and Lucy Davis. The film is expected to set the stage for DC’s other major 2017 Justice League film, which will unite Wonder Woman with Superman, Batman, Aqua Man, the Flash, and Cyborg.
“Say what you will about Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, but the consensus is that Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman stole the show, or at least stole the film’s action climax just by showing up,” wrote Forbes contributor Scott Mendelson.
Of course, as Mendelson points out, part of this love affair could be simply because it was the first time we’ve gotten to see Wonder Woman on the big screen, combined with Gadot’s “kick ass now, brood later mentality,” an attitude that also happens to be set off by a rocking guitar riff at the end of the new Wonder Woman trailer.
“Not everyone loved Dawn of Justice, but everyone wanted more of Wonder Woman.”
It’s also important to note that Wonder Woman is the first completely female-led superhero comic book movie since Catwoman (2004) and Elektra (2005), both of which seemed to say that women in tights don’t equate to ticket sales at the box office. Still, the new Wonder Woman movie is different – she has a huge fan base going back decades – and is the first in her personal storyline.
Although the initial Wonder Woman trailer is admittedly light on details, it seems likely that the movie will address whatever happened during her adventures in World War I that caused her to shun humanity.
“For all the talk about how the DCEU movies need to be more fun, funnier, and aspirational, It will be interesting to see how this ‘How humanity failed’ prologue, set during one of the most horrible periods of human history, can toe the line between telling the story it wants to tell and not being a grim tragedy,” Mendelson wrote.
Still, the first Wonder Woman trailer appears to show a pretty even mix of fun, excitement, and serious moments, a mix that fans are likely to buy hook, line, and sinker… If the movie turns out to be half as good as the trailer makes it appear.
“I feel like Diana is really accessible,” Gadot told Entertainment Weekly in a recent interview. “It’s very easy to relate to her. He has the heart of a human so she can be emotional, she’s curious, she’s compassionate, she loves people. And then she has the powers of a goddess.”
[Image via Warner Bros.]