wonder woman spoiler review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman.)

It’s astounding that in this day and age, when superheroes are either disillusioned or self-deprecating, that we can have a hero like Wonder Woman. In the bleak DC Cinematic Universe, where nihilism reigns supreme, here we have a hero who champions the ideas of hope, compassion, and goodness.

Diana (Gal Gadot) is not dissimilar from the Disney princesses, who have long been heroes of overwhelming empathy. They are aspirational figures who exist in an elevated reality — fairy tales themselves are metaphorical by nature, and rarely depict anything other than a black and white reality. This is Diana at the beginning of the film, the embodiment of the ultimate Disney princess, for all the gifts and faults that they have — though thankfully without the frequently troublesome depiction of an “evil” mother or stepmother figure commonly seen in fairy tales.

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Wonder Woman reshoots

Three weeks ago, Wonder Woman was projected to make $65 million its opening weekend. Patty Jenkins‘ already beloved comic book movie surpassed early box-office expectations by over $35 million, making it the highest domestic opening for a female director. She knocked the DCEU movie out of the park. Jenkins didn’t leave any scenes on the cutting room floor, either, and only did reshoots for one scene, which built up to one the movie’s most inspiring, action-heavy sequences.

Below, learn more about the quick Wonder Woman reshoots.

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wonder woman box office

Wonder Woman shattered box office expectations and records with a $100.5 million opening weekend, making it the highest domestic opening for a female director.

With that opening haul, Patty Jenkins‘ female-led superhero film far exceeded the expected opening weekend estimates. Because who knew that women could do well at the movies?

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Wonder Woman Sequel

Her time has come. Wonder Woman has finally been given her own movie on the big screen. After making her debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, actress Gal Gadot has takes the lead in Patty Jenkins’ superhero blockbuster. With the weight of what some see as the missteps of the DC Extended Universe on her shoulders, Wonder Woman probably had more pressure than she should have on her first time out.

The good news is many seem to agree that she takes it all in stride and has no problem holding that weight and throwing it aside like the tank she throws across a town square in the movie. Find out what the /Film crew thought about Wonder Woman, and then sound off with your own thoughts in the comments. Read More »

wonder woman review

Much like its heroine, Wonder Woman manages to soar to some sublime heights. There are sequences that demand to be gazed at and the action — specifically the Amazon women in battle, soaring through the air — make slo-mo seem fresh for the first time since 300. The cast is charming, with each character afforded a particular grace note, and Gal Gadot shines as the goddess at the center of the whole affair. But Diana of Themyscira has to go through some growing pains before really becoming a hero, and so does the film.

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Patty Jenkins Thor

A few years before taking on Wonder WomanPatty Jenkins was going to direct Thor 2. She eventually split from the sequel over creative differences. With Wonder Woman, she’s said she got to explore some ideas she wanted in the Marvel sequel, which might not have fit the not-so-great story Marvel was interested in telling with Thor: The Dark World. We’ve never heard much about her vision for the movie, but according to Jenkins, it was a Romeo & Juliet-inspired, space-spanning comic book movie.

Below, the director explains her departure from the Thor sequel.

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Wonder Woman Clips

Warner Bros. is riding high on a picture-perfect wave of positive early buzz for the studio’s long-awaited big screen take on Wonder Woman, but if you’ll allow the metaphor to continue, consider this latest development to be an ugly piece of driftwood floating right in the path of that sweet curl. The country of Lebanon has banned all screenings of Wonder Woman nationwide, due to the fact that star Gal Gadot is Israeli.
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female superhero movie directors

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: will the existence of Wonder Woman count as a victory for all female filmmakers and fans…or just some of them?)

We’re less than a week away from one of the most important theatrical releases this year, Wonder Woman, and the excitement for it just shows the staggering level of dedication for the decades-old brand and the power of women audiences. But not just women audiences; male viewers who can’t resist watching comic book narratives on the big screen, and powerful, scantily clad women characters they can never get. I guess that’s what studios mean when they say that it’s got something for everyone.

Like most women-led movies, of the superhero persuasion or otherwise, there’s an urgency around the film. Gal Gadot will solidify her status as a bonafide action star after this, and Patty Jenkins has bragging rights for being the first woman director to helm a superhero film since Lexi Alexander directed Punisher: War Zone almost 10 years ago. The rhetoric is if we don’t support this achievement with our dollars, we may never see another women-centric film ever again. Jenkins will be forced to go on a 12-year “hiatus” from the industry, and Gadot may have to find a way to get her character from the Fast and Furious movies resurrected from the dead (which isn’t so unusual for that franchise). Basically, the stakes are high. It is women who’ve been leading this Wonder Woman march, demanding all of our support and activism around it. I, along with many other women from various walks of life, am more than eager to pick up our gear and step in line. Because, as we’ve been told countless times, a win for one woman is a win for all of us. Right?

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wonder woman featurette

With the critical acclaim for Wonder Woman soaring high above other DC Extended Universe films, it’s time to find out what went into the making of the critically acclaimed superhero movie.

A new extended featurette goes behind the scenes to delve into the making of Diana of Themyscira’s origin story, from her life on the secluded Amazonian island to her fish-out-of-water experiences in World War I-era London — all told by stars Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, director Patty Jenkins, and the rest of the cast and crew behind this behemoth superhero movie.

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wonder woman reviews

Anticipation is high for Wonder Woman, not simply because it is the first female superhero movie of the modern age of comic book films, but also because it is a ray of hope for the abysmally-reviewed DC Extended Universe movies, stretching from Man of Steel to Suicide Squad. With not a fresh tomato rating in sight for any of the past DCEU movies, could Wonder Woman break the trend? The glass ceiling, so to speak?

Critics have spoken: Wonder Woman is quite simply, wonderful. Director Patty Jenkins‘ first foray into the DCEU and Wonder Woman’s (played by Gal Gadot) first solo foray onto the big screen is a runaway success, presenting an earnest and thrilling superhero movie with old-school charms that everyone seems to agree is the DCEU’s best movie yet.

Find out more in our Wonder Woman reviews round-up below.

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