Ever since Warner's DCEU kicked off, a good number of comic book fans have been moaning about the dark and gritty tone of the movies: From a brooding Superman who looks like he's forgotten how to smile, to the Suicide Squad movie turning out to include much more black and much less neon colors than advertised — adepts of upbeat and inspiring heroes were left disappointed.
Which is why Wonder Woman, the solo film featuring the most optimistic character of the bunch, has been more or less the beacon of hope for advocates of a more lighthearted tone in the DCEU. It's a lot of pressure, but thankfully, director Patty Jenkins and DC Entertainment chief Diane Nelson confirmed to Variety that the movie was indeed meant to be full of positivity.
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Wonder Woman Is 'Very Different In Tone'
It seems like everyone involved on the movie has joined forces to say it loud and clear: Wonder Woman won't have anything to do with the gritty Snyderisation of Batman v Superman, or the doomed zombie city of Suicide Squad.
According to producer Deborah Snyder,
"'Wonder Woman' is very different in tone and style than 'Batman v Superman' and 'Suicide Squad.' We pick directors who have their own points of view, so that each of our films will have their own personality."
And on this movie, director Patty Jenkin's point of view just so happens to be inspired by Superman — or at least the 1978 version by Richard Donner.
"'Superman' was all about you. It was about you watching and realizing what it would feel like to have great powers and do great things. It was full of love and emotion."
That's exactly what some Superman fans have been deploring about Henry Cavill's interpretation, who seems to have become more doubtful of his role than the character has ever been before.
The DC Entertainment President Promises That All Of The DCEU Movies Aren't Meant To Be Dark
Even DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson insisted that the DCEU didn't have an overall tone, as we could probably already tell from the many jokes featured in the first Justice League trailer.
"There's a misconception that DC or [parent studio] Warner Bros. has made a conscious decision for all our movies to be darker or edgier. That's not the case. Fans of the DC universe know that there are characters, like Batman, who are darker, but there are others like Wonder Woman, who are hopeful, optimistic leaders, and the tone of this film represents that.Patty brought a beauty and a sense of lightness or humor, and a little romance to it. It's a very aspirational movie."
The Icing On The Cake: Wonder Woman Tried To Include As Much Of Her Comic Book History As Possible
As if that wasn't good news already, DC Comics publisher Jim Lee also stepped in to comment that the Wonder Woman director did a great job of honoring the different comic book versions of the character, which have led to intense debates in the past. Her origin, for example, has been revamped in DC's New 52 to include the intervention of Zeus, but some fans prefer to acknowledge the original version where she was molded out of clay by her mother Hippolyta.
"Patty has really taken a very inclusive approach and tried to weave a lot of these disparate elements into one cohesive whole. Fans who have been reading 'Wonder Woman' for decades will be really blown away by how [the film] synthesizes the origins and brings her into the modern era."
Well, I can't wait.
Are you more of a fan of upbeat or darker superhero movies?