After 75 years of appearing in comics, TV and animation, Princess Diana of Themyscira (a.k.a. Wonder Woman) is finally getting her own live-action movie — with most fans letting out in unison, "ABOUT DAMN TIME!"
The Wonder Woman marketing been really solid, and the brand new "origin trailer" gave us the best look at the movie yet, showcasing Gal Gadot's badass-ery.
The trailer isn't just getting us hyped for Wonder Woman, though. It's getting us excited for the future of the DCEU.
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A New Tone For The DCEU
What now seems to be a common trope throughout all DC films featuring Justice League members is the use of flashbacks to the hero's childhood, and that's not stopping with Wonder Woman. The trailer starts with a young Princess Diana receiving a tour of Themyscira from her mother Hippolyta, which includes a certain sword that Diana will TOTALLY not use when she's all grown up. #Sarcasm
But the trailer also includes elements that the DCEU has sorely needed — especially hints of optimism and humor. We see Diana's first response to arriving in London, and she is less than impressed, leading to a funny line from Steve Trevor: "Yeah, it's not for everybody."
Those who were expecting the whole movie to be dark and broody can settle down, because already this trailer has a completely different tone and color scheme: the colors are very vibrant, and even the drab-looking scenes in London have this nice grayish blue tone.
At the end of the trailer, we get one last epic line from Diana, as she proclaims to the villain (I assume Ares), "I am Diana of Themyscira, daughter of Hippolyta. In the name of all that is good, your wrath upon this world...is over." She strikes that amazing pose, and I'm pretty sure you could play the theme song over a hamster running in a wheel and it could still hype people up!
Warner Bros. could have ended on that epic-as-hell note, but we do get one last humorous moment with Diana trying to fit through a door with her sword and shield, which I'll admit got me to laugh. In terms of tone, this is not going to be another Batman v. Superman. Wonder Woman is a kind soul, seeing the outside world for the first time, so of course there is going to be some humor involved.
Here's what else we took away from the trailer...
The Action Looks Amazing
Well, obviously this trailer showed us that this movie is going to be action-packed. Sure, there will be story there, but this is going to be a war movie featuring one of the greatest fighters in the DC Universe. This time DC needed to amp up the action, and it all looks great — from Wonder Woman's training to Steve Trevor's airplane battle, the battlefield sequence and even the climax. It will be a spectacle to watch, especially in IMAX.
The action is definitely elevated by Patty Jenkins' beautiful camerawork. The camera is constantly flowing with the action scenes — and for just brief seconds, it makes my jaw drop. My favorite shot by far has to be Wonder Woman twirling through the air. After Wonder Woman, let's hope Jenkins will do more films set in the DCEU.
Gal Gadot Is Still Perfect For This Role
As far as I'm concerned, after watching this trailer, Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman. Her brief but epic appearance in Batman v Superman hinted at great things, and it's clear how much she respects the role and is putting everything into it. I believe that Gal Gadot will go down as a landmark in superhero casting alongside Robert Downey, Jr., as Iron Man and perhaps even Christopher Reeve as Superman.
Even if the Wonder Woman movie doesn't end up being the hit that Warner Bros. is hoping for, it will be the start of something great: more female-centric superhero movies, which are desperately needed.
DC Has Learned Its Lesson
As much as I enjoyed Batman V Superman (please don't crucify me for saying that), even I will admit that they majorly screwed up by showing Doomsday in the second trailer, which basically gave us the entire climax — spoiling what could have been a great reveal in the movie. I, like many others, was concerned that this new Wonder Woman trailer would do the same by giving us a big reveal of Ares in his true form (or whoever the big baddie is that Diana has to fight).
However, that is not the case. We get shots of the climax, but they are only of Wonder Woman herself, never any villain, which makes me give a slow clap to DC and Warner Bros. for learning a lesson. All we have to do is hope that we don't get another trailer which ends up revealing every plot point.
Overall, this was a WONDERful trailer, and gave away just enough to get us anticipated to see the movie on June 2nd. The tone was great, the action was great, the characters look great, and everything just blended together perfectly; this is the best trailer DC has ever given us.
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