2017 has been a good year for DC fans. The comic book mammoth began its year with perhaps the funniest animated movie of the year, The Lego Batman Movie, which went on to generate rave reviews. It's slate of primetime TV heroes (which helped DC earn up to a billion dollars in revenue last year) also returned with stellar (#Arrow, Preacher, Legends Of Tomorrow) and much improved (#Supergirl, iZombie, #Lucifer) seasons. DC announced plans to expand into digital streaming with its own service and content. Then it released Wonder Woman.
Easily the summer's best superhero movie, the Patty Jenkins-directed film not only managed to break the glass ceiling (with record-breaking box office business), but also shattered perceptions that female-lead superhero films were destined for failure.
Its success has undoubtedly encouraged several upcoming female-driven superhero films from DC and inspired Marvel to pull no punches with its movies, especially since the movie has been so pivotal in establishing DC as a force to be reckoned with despite previous shortcomings. Wonder Woman's success has many critics betting that it could be the superhero movie that finally cracks into The Best Picture race at the 2018 Oscars. Back in June it was reported that a special screening was held in Beverly Hills for several Academy members and Variety recently reported that Warner Bros. had started an Oscar Campaign for Wonder Woman in hopes of The Academy nominating it for Best Picture.
With that in mind, here are five nominations #WonderWoman deserves to score:
1. Best Original Music Score
Many fans were crestfallen when news broke that Batman v. Superman was to be legendary composer Hans Zimmer's last film with the DC. His score for Wonder Woman's appearance in Dawn of Justice ("Is She There") became so popular that it was adopted as Wonder Woman's main theme (now incorporated into "Wonder Woman's Wrath"). It can be said that work was cut out for Wonder Woman composer Rupert Gregson-Williams.
Wonder Woman's amazing score was certainly noteworthy. It perfectly complemented the movie; whether it was the slow walk through No Man's Land or the action scenes in Veld, Rupert Gregson-Williams's score proved to be the perfect companion to the Princess of Themyscira.
2. Best Original Screenplay
Allan Heinberg's screenplay was easily the best for a superhero film in quite some time. Although the writer is known more for his Marvel comic, Young Avengers (though he's worked with Geoff Johns on JLA), he's also written for a number of #TV shows, including Scandal, Grey's Anatomy and The O.C.
Like Jenkins, Heinberg managed to capture the essence of the Amazon warrior and help make her instantly likable. His script was crisp and precise nailed both the lighthearted comedic moments and the heavy, dark material. His excellent script is also partially responsible for providing us with such good chemistry between Diana and Steve Trevor and helped make the overall tone of the film light and refreshing.
3. Actress In A Leading Role
What is there to say about Gal Gadot's portrayal of Wonder Woman that hasn't already been said? The 32-year-old Israeli native was relatively unknown when she joined the DCEU, but she was easily the saving grace of Snyder's Batman v. Superman. Here, she effortlessly slid into the shoes of both the warrior Amazon Princess and the wide-eyed, innocent Diana Prince. Although we've seen great performances by lead actors in the superhero genre, Gal Gadot is easily DCEU's best actor, and that's a big achievement when she's up against Academy Award-winner Ben Affleck.
Her performance was both moving and fierce, and it's a credit to Gadot that Diana never seemed helpless or gullible, even when she didn't know what was going on. Instead, her awe-inspiring portrayal of the character is certainly one for the history books. #GalGadot is the beating heart of Wonder Woman, and her performance is one of the best things about the film.
4. Best Director
The one nomination that is all but guaranteed for the movie is for the Best Director. Patty Jenkins's vision for the character wasn't just a hit with the critics. The film became the highest grossing movie domestically for DCEU and the highest grossing film directed by a woman (domestically and internationally). It also became the highest grossing female-led comic book movie ever, and the highest grossing film set in World War I. It was also the biggest release for #DC without Batman or Superman. It is also leggier than any MCU movie is the leggiest movie since Blade in 1998.
All of this was due to Patty Jenkins, who managed to captured the essence of the character and make her story relatable with audiences worldwide. Her adaptation of the popular comic book character didn't sexualize the character, instead focusing on the finer points of the character and the story. Patty Jenkins truly understood the character and brilliantly merged the character's caring, kind soul with her badass, tough-as-nails exterior, leading to perhaps the best hero on screen since Christopher Reeve's Superman.
However, it wasn't just Jenkins's focus on the titular character that made the movie a force to be reckoned with. Jenkins's decision to make the film a rom-com-action-thriller separated it from the current crop of superhero films solely focused on action scenes and destroying the world.
5. Best Picture
The film that became the highest grossing movie of the summer has been the frontrunner for the Best Picture category ever since it released back in June. The movie has single handedly turned the #DCEU's reputation for producing bad movies around, managing to become the biggest (and the best) movie of the summer. More importantly, it has dispelled all notions that female superheroes cannot rule the box office. In fact, it is credited solely for breaking the proverbial glass ceiling and instilling confidence in people that these films can do just as well (if not better) at the box office. And just for that, it rightfully deserves a slot in the Best Picture category.
It's fair to say that DC's Wonder Woman has been a much-needed awakening for much of Hollywood that has clung to sexist, misogynist beliefs that female-led movies are destined to fail. As the film's groundbreaking success is sure to usher in a new wave of female-oriented films, it's only right that Wonder Woman is given the honor it so rightfully deserves at the 90th Academy Awards in 2018.
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