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One of the failures of Batman v Superman was that it failed to take advantage of its own iconography, never giving Batman (and his fantastic new suit) a proper introduction. These characters and their looks mean something to millions of people all over the world. Lean on it! It remains to be seen how the final film will work, but this trailer is full of shots that take full advantage of Wonder Woman’s costume and recognizable traits. Seeing that iconic headband in a World War I trench is just the tip of the iceberg…

wonder woman trailer

I especially love the shots of Diana stepping out of the trench with the boldness and confidence you would never see from an actual soldier fighting in World War I. Watching how Jenkins teases her armor, only offering glimpses over a series of shots, is a strong indication that she knows how vital this character’s iconography truly is.

wonder woman trailer

World War I is an inspired choice for the setting of Wonder Woman for one simple reason: World War I, to put it bluntly, sucked. It was not fought for righteous reasons. There were no clear good guys and bad guys. The tales of actual heroics, of brave men overcoming the odds, are few and far between. It was just a bloody and horrifying grind that chewed up and spit out an entire generation for reasons that were so nonsensical that it’s sometimes hard to determine why anyone was fighting. Placing one of pop culture’s most hopeful characters in the midst of one of history’s most senseless conflicts feels genuinely powerful. Oh, and this is another slow motion bullet shot…

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…that leads to this incredible image of Diana deflecting the round with her bracelet. Okay, that‘s the Wonder Woman image everyone has been waiting for.

wonder woman trailer

While the battlefield surrounding her is as grey and bleached as anything seen in Batman v Superman, Wonder Woman’s costume itself is allowed to remain to retain its colors. The contrast is satisfying and inherently optimistic – she’s a beacon of hope in a hell on earth.

wonder woman trailer

I really don’t have anything to say here except “Gal Galdot looks really cool when she leaps through windows.”

wonder woman trailer

Gal Gadot seems to wear a half-dozen different outfits in this trailer alone, all of them serving a distinctive purpose. This one’s purpose seems to be “extravagant dress party and battle ready.”

wonder woman trailer

Am I allowed to say “fierce”? Is that still a thing? No? Okay.

wonder woman trailer

World War I was one of the last major 20th century conflicts to still utilize cavalry and the results were often surreal. Remember that scene is Steven Spielberg’s underrated War Horse where Tom Hiddleston leads a cavalry charge against a line of enemy machine guns, only for everyone to get wiped out in the blink of an eye? This odd moment in history, where the old tactics of war butted against modernized weapons, is perfect for Diana, who can apply her tried-and-true Amazon battle tactics to a 20th-century battlefield.

wonder woman trailer

Okay, I’m pretty sure we all knew that Diana and Steve Trevor were going to fall for each other. That’s the way it’s always been: the tough but breakable soldier and the immortal warrior find a connection. Still, this relationship will be different from its comic book counterpart by default. In the current DC comics continuity, Steve Trevor is still very much alive (and the two of them have recently gotten back together after some time apart). That would be impossible in the movies, since Steve will be long dead before the events of Batman v Superman and Justice League. So instead of being an ongoing love interest, he’s going to be her one-off lover, the guy from the past whom she can never forget and so on and so forth.

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