I think by now everybody and their mother, cat, cat's mother and that weird guy who lives at the end of their street are aware of the polarising reception Zack Snyder's [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870) was met with when it released in theaters last month.
Whether you loved it, hated it, or fall somewhere in between the two emotions, it's hard to argue that it didn't do the job for which it was intended: setting up the Justice League and the rest of the DCEU. How well it went about this is another matter for discussion, but when the movie wrapped and certain *spoilers* were laid to rest beneath the earth we ended up where we needed to be in regards to heading down the DCEU lane.
And of course, Batman v Superman introduced a character that we have been waiting to see on screen for far too long — Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince, the third piece of the Justice League Trinity.
Though she didn't have the largest amount of screentime she did play a pivotal role in the final battle, and we were instantly enamoured with our very first cinematic Wonder Woman.
There's actually quite a bit of pressure on Patty Jenkin's Wonder Woman feature. Not only does it finally explore the origins of one of the most iconic DC characters on the big screen; it also marks DC speeding ahead of Marvel as they premiere their first female driven superhero movie in year four and the third film of the DCEU. This is compared to the juggernaut studio's Captain Marvel arriving in 2018, by which point we'll be a full decade into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
So we're pretty stoked for Wonder Woman, but concerns are already creeping in. From the fact that original director Michelle MacLaren departed from the project due to Warner Bros. refusal to let her direct an epic action-driven film in the vein of her previous work (on The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad) to Gal Gadot's recent comments about it being "pretty dark".
One of the main problems addressed by critics concerning the DCEU movies (something I as a longtime DC comics fan agree with) is that they're simply too dreary. There's absolutely nothing wrong with having darkness in superhero movies and comic books, and it's completely untrue to say that the genre is "one for kids" (looking at you Stephen Fry), but unlike the comics the DCEU thus far has been almost utterly devoid of hope.
In some ways it feels like DC have deliberately set out to create a darker narrative universe in order to challenge the fantastical tone of Marvel, and that's not an incorrect decision by any means. But balance is necessary to stop the whole thing tipping over the edge into a pit of depression glossed over by a gloomy aesthetic style.
Perhaps it's not all so bad though, as Gadot claims Wonder Woman does contain "moments of humour". Batman v Superman certainly had its humorous moments, usually whenever Jeremy Iron's sassy af Alfred was on screen, but they were sadly few and far between.
One of the great things about the relationship between Batman and Superman in the comics is that they often share moments of genuine levity, something which was largely missing from Batman v Superman. And whilst Wonder Woman isn't widely known for her comedic chops, there are many other aspects of her personality which make Diana such an iconic and well balanced character.
As her co-creator William Moulton Marston said:
"Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don't want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as 'good' women are. Women's strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness."
We have faith in the screenwriters, Jenkins' direction and Gadot's portrayal of Diana though, let's just hope they manage to avoid certain pitfalls which led to the petition being called by fans for Snyder to be removed from Justice League...
'Wonder Woman' is set for a June 2, 2017 release. What do you want to see in her solo film? Tell us in the comments below!
Source: Digital Spy interview with Gal Gadot