Wonder Woman

Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe has been a thoroughly mixed bag so far, dividing critics and audiences alike. Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad were all financial hits, but the mixed-to-negative reactions suggested that something was amiss. What had to be done to get everyone to rally around one of their films?

Make a Wonder Woman movie directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, it seems. The first reactions to the new film have arrived and they’re almost unanimously positive, showering praise on both of the film’s lead performers as well as its hopeful and inspiring tone.

First of all, /Film’s editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta saw Wonder Woman and he was won over by the film. Like everyone else, he was especially entranced by Gadot’s performance and like most everyone else, he made sure to call out the strong chemistry between her and Chris Pine.

While full reviews are still under embargo, critics were allowed to share their thoughts on social media last night and you’d be hard-pressed to find a truly negative reaction. While some of the responses take note of villain problems and issues with the film’s climax, these are generally treated as quibbles that will be further addressed in a full review. It seems that the film’s focus on heart, humanity, and humor (as well as the glossy superhero action you’d expect) outweighs all else. Everyone seems to not only like Wonder Woman, they seem happy to have liked Wonder Woman.

Quite frankly, as someone who loves DC superheroes but hasn’t liked the past two DCEU movies, reading the first wave of reactions to the film made me breathe a literal sigh of relief. It’s about time we got a female-led superhero movie and it feels nice to hear that her movie is actually good!

Let’s take a look at some of the reactions.

Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot as the Diana Prince (otherwise known as Wonder Woman), Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Robin Wright as General Antiope, David Thewlis as Sir Patrick, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Elena Anaya as Doctor Poison, Lucy Davis as Etta Candy, and Danny Huston as General Erich Ludendorff. The film itself doesn’t open in theaters until June 2, 2017, but the fact that Warner Bros. is letting people share their thoughts on the film this early suggests that the studio knows they have a winner on their hands.

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