Potentially major spoilers for Wonder Woman ahead.
Right about now, being a fan of DC characters on the big screen is a bit like being a bad driver taking your test for the fourth time — in your heart of hearts you know you won't pass, you just hope you'll do a little better than last time.
Nobody needs a reminder of the state of the #DCEU up until now, but suffice to say there are a lot of fanboys out there hoping that #WonderWoman is a good movie, or at least a better one than the last three. The movie's still four months off, but a Redditor who claims to have attended last week's press screening has shared his thoughts, and they might offer a new glimmer of hope.
Obviously, there's no way to verify the truthfulness of what the anonymous user "WWThrowaway12233" is sharing here, so take with the obligatory pinch of salt, but apparently he did state the name of one of the film's minor villains correctly before it was revealed on the internet. Either way, let's break down everything we just learned about #WonderWoman. Major spoilers and death reveals ahead, obviously.
Diana's Story Is Told In Flashback... Via Email
Those who found Zack Snyder's method of giving us a first taster of the Justice League in Batman v Superman — via an electronic folder on a memory stick — to be uninspired probably won't be thrilled to learn that Wonder Woman begins with Diana writing Bruce Wayne an email, in which she shares her incredible life story.
"The movie starts with an armored truck pulling up to the place where [Diana] is staying. It has the name Wayne [Enterprises] on it. The guards take out a briefcase and bring it up to Diana. She opens it and it's the photo of her in WWI that you saw in BvS [in] a letter from Bruce saying he found her and he wants to know her story. She then flashes back to her childhood and that's where the main story starts."
Definitely less impactful than a face-to-face, but it sounds as if this is a short intro scene and the movie wastes no time in getting us right into the real action.
Do We Meet Bruce Wayne?
Despite rumors to the contrary, Ben Affleck has no role in Wonder Woman, unless he'll feature in a post-credits scene still to be added. The film contains no references to the Justice League or to motherboxes, and focuses purely on Diana.
The action is plentiful, and is described as "Zack Snyder's type of action," which isn't a bad thing considering Dawn of Justice had a couple of great action sequences. Apparently there's lots of slo-mo — "they used that effect a little too often." On Themyscira, it's Diana's aunt, Antiope (Robin Wright), who takes a bullet early on, prompting Diana to leave the island with Steve Trevor.
What's Up With The Villains?
As suggested by the trailers, there are three villains — a German General named Erich Ludendorff (Danny Huston), for whom Doctor Poison (Elena Anaya) is developing a biological enhancement toxin, and Ares, son of Zeus and brother of Diana.
David Thewlis (the Harry Potter movies' Remus Lupin) plays Ares in human form, but only during the final battle with Wonder Woman does he reveal that he's her brother, shattering the myth she grew up with — that she was born from clay, as opposed to being the product of an affair between her mother and Zeus.
Diana defeats Ares in this battle (during which he tells her that the sword she wields, God Killer, isn't worthy of the name — she is the "God Killer," not her weapon), but spares Doctor Poison's life for reasons unknown.
Ares is described as having "clear motivations, "but Ludendorff (whom Diana kills with a stab wound to the chest, believing him to be Ares before the real Ares' identity is revealed) is more of a "generic German bad guy."
Steve Trevor Is A True Hero
As Steve Trevor, Chris Pine is allegedly something of a scene-stealer with some of the movie's most comedic lines. He helps Diana assemble a small "squad" comprising an actor/conman (Saïd Taghmaoui), a sniper (Ewan Bremner) and a smuggler (Eugene Brave Rock). Together, we see the group pose for the photograph which will ultimately fall into Bruce Wayne's hands much further down the line, which sounds like a pretty cool touch.
Trevor convinces Diana that humanity is worth fighting for, and he dies a hero's death, hijacking a bomber plane and flying it to a high enough altitude that there'll only be one victim when he shoots the gas canisters — himself. After that, Diana "goes berserk" and engages Ares in the movie's climactic one-on-one fight scene, eventually emerging victorious.
How Does It Sit Within The DCEU?
Although the version of Wonder Woman which screened (with Zack Snyder and director Patty Jenkins in attendance) wasn't finished, with rough CGI work and a temporary soundtrack borrowed from other movies including Inception, the Redditor describes it as easily the DCEU's best effort so far, smoothly edited, tonally well-adjusted, and good for a solid score of 7.5/10.
He notes that tonally there's a greater sense of lightness (though it becomes darker as it goes on), and makes comparisons with Marvel's two Thor movies, as well as "a more cheerful Batman Begins" and, inevitably, Captain America: The First Avenger.
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In the present, once Diana's done telling her story via email, she "leaps out of a window toward a burning building," implying that whatever reservations she had about playing the hero in Batman v Superman have now been dealt with.
How much of the leaked spoilers you choose to believe is entirely your prerogative, although there's nothing there that sounds fantastical or overly fanfic-y to me. You can read through the Reddit thread in full right here if you so wish. We'll find out for sure when Wonder Woman hits theaters June 2.
Do you buy these spoiler leaks, and could 'Wonder Woman' be the one?