The superhero comic films have become a sub-genre in themselves when it comes to Hollywood and the blockbuster movies, but with us now raking up numerous comic films each and every year, is it starting to become stale?
That may have been the case until the most recent film delivered its World War I setting — shield, sword and lasso in tow. Although #WonderWoman uses elements that state this is a superhero film stripped right from the comics, it shows formulas that have brought a fresh reality in itself to the overpacked franchise. Let's dive into how Patty Jenkins's #DC comic film manages to do just this, with a few spoilers of course.
1. We Just Saw A Woman Kick Ass On The Big Screen
The biggest part for a lot of people when it comes to this film is that we have our first female superhero-led film. It's crazy to think that superhero films have been a growing thing since the '90s and it's just now we're getting our first female-led film.
The Wonder Woman character came at a time when woman had little power, and despite this being a debate even today, it still shines through that she is one of the most well-known comic hero leading ladies. The film quite honestly depicted this perfectly, showing her female stance in a very much man's world, that being WWI.
With all that #GalGadot put on an incredible performance as Diana Prince, a.k.a. Wonder Woman, she stomped through numerous German troops, pelted bullets off her cuffs here and there, and showed off her shield as not just a simple frisbee like Captain America's. Filled with explosions, war scenes, epic battles and a surprise appearance from the god of war — Ares — himself, we've just witnessed a pretty spectacular superhero film; yes, lead by a female character.
2. It Set Plenty Of Examples Of What Blockbusters Can Achieve
This film set a precedence for so many things, one being that women can quite easily lead a blockbuster film and franchise — take that as you will, Hollywood, let's see some more of that action happening now. It sparks interests as to whether Hollywood will see Wonder Woman and think differently on the female role. Yes, we can have a woman lead a superhero film, and yes, we can keep it casual without needing the usual sex appeal to lead.
Warner Bros.'s DC films could lead the way with this as they're developing a Gotham City Sirens (Poison Ivy, Black Canary, Harley Quinn-led film pack) and also Joss Whedon is intending to direct a Batgirl film. This is one thing Marvel could definitely learn from, as they're only just tapping into this now with Ant Man & The Wasp next year, followed by Captain Marvel.
3. We Witnessed A Brilliant WWI Film In The Modern Era
War films are extremely hard to get right because we all know the history and there's little suspense there. Plenty have been made over the years, but this is only the second film with a superhero twist.
Marvel's Captain America: The First Avenger was set during WWII and, to be quite honest, it felt like a bit of a mess of a film. The areas you wanted to see, such as epic action set pieces on the front line, were just missing. Instead, it boasted a montage scenario, throwing in the usual (and typical) superhero set pieces. Wonder Woman took this and learned from it. Instead, we got a war film with a superhero in it.
Wonder Woman's WWI setting is epic and magnificent. We see her first take a foothold in no man's land (as seen in the trailer) as she slowly takes across the wasteland, bullets hurtling towards her and dodging blasts with her shield. It's the scene that takes place just before that manages to perfectly set this up: Diana argues with Chris Pine's Steve Trevor and the rest of the men on the frontline, trying to get them to fight and instead doing it herself. She then finding they have followed, seeing her bravery and standing up for the fight to take action.
Hopefully we'll be seeing more hero films as period superhero films instead.
4. It Worked Really Well As An Origin Story
Now, I don't know about you, but I really struggle with the origin stories for all the #superhero films out there. Usually it's the same old thing again and again — look at how many times we've seen Batman's and Spider-Man's origins play out.
We get to see Diana grow into her hero role better than any other superhero film I've seen. It's often some troubled character looking for redemption, but she's trying to help; that's all she wants to do, electing not to shun man as much as her fellow Amazonians. We see a character in a unique way, more like she's a child discovering a new world and just trying to understand how all of it works.
5. It's Just A Great Film
Warner Bros. and DC, after many attempts, have finally managed to nail it with Wonder Woman. Overall, the film has action, comedy, emotion and keeps you interested throughout. Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot deserve a round of applause for how they've depicted Wonder Woman. Hopefully this will pave the way for better DC comic films and change this genre up a bit as well.
What were your thoughts about Wonder Woman?