Wonder Woman reviews are steadily coming in, and based on the reactions, it’s looking like the DC Extended Universe is on the right track.
Critics and journalists have gotten a chance to see Wonder Woman before its June release, and DC will surely be happy with early reactions. Many notable critics are hailing the film as the best film in the DC Extended Universe (which includes Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Suicide Squad) and praising Gal Gadot’s performance as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.
Based on these early reviews, Wonder Woman could become the most acclaimed film in the DC Extended Universe thus far. A majority of film critics have not enjoyed what DC has put out since 2013’s Man of Steel, which has a 55 percent out of 100 on Rotten Tomatoes. The scores have only gone down from there, with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at 28 percent and Suicide Squad doing even worse at 25 percent.
Wonder Woman sees Gadot reprising her character after making her debut performance as the iconic superhero in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Despite being one of the most recognizable characters in comics, Batman v Superman was Wonder Woman’s first appearance in a live-action film. Full reviews are coming soon, but many critics have offered their bite-sized takes on the film on Twitter, as seen below.
The upcoming film takes place in the early 20th century and centers on her origin story as an Amazon princess. After U.S. Army Air Service Capt. Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) meets Diana on the island of Themyscira, she learns of World War I and proceeds to try and put a stop to it. The movie is directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster, The Killing) and written by Allan Heinberg, with Zack Snyder and Jason Fuchs contributing to the story.
Jenkins, who directed Charlize Theron to an Oscar win in 2003’s indie drama Monster, has been wanting to direct a Wonder Woman film for years now, revealing to the Hollywood Reporter in December that she met with Warner Bros. producers about it after she made Monster. She admitted that watching Superman in the ’80s was an influential experience for her and said that this type of movie would be “the brass ring of what I wanted to do with my career.”
She also revealed why she loves Wonder Woman as a character so much and how the film takes inspiration from her past incarnations in the comics and the ’70s TV show starring Lynda Carter.
“Our film really draws from the original [1940s] WonderWoman comic book by William Moulton Marston. The goal was to tap into what always spoke to me about her — to honor who she was, her legacy, and to make her as universal as she was to all of us little girls who ran around pretending to be Lynda Carter when we were kids. Wonder Woman is the grand universal female hero who didn’t have to be lesser in any way. She wasn’t less powerful, she wasn’t less of a woman. She’s as beautiful as any woman and as strong as any man. That, to me, is so enduring. There have been so few female characters like that — who weren’t small, niche characters or sidekicks. She’s a full-blown superhero who lives up to all of your dreams in every way.”
Wonder Woman also stars Robin Wright as General Antiope, Diana’s aunt, Danny Huston as General Erich Ludendorff, David Thewlis as Sir Patrick Morgan/Ares, Elena Anaya as Doctor Maru/Doctor Poison, and Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Diana’s mother.
Wonder Woman is scheduled for release in theaters on June 2.
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