If you know me, you know I was really, REALLY, rooting for this movie to do well. Wonder Woman is the spokeswoman for all comic book heroines and created a voice for women in the comic book world. Patty Jenkins’ take on the Amazonian should be a monumental moment for the comic book genre. There have certainly been comic book films with female protagonists, but not one on as much of a commercial level as Wonder Woman. However, to put it bluntly, each trailer for this movie has made me more doubtful as the release looms closer. Now, we have our third trailer that displays the origin of Wonder Woman from her Themyscira upbringing and how she will be introduced to the ‘world of men’.
What irks me the most about this trailer is if you close your eyes and simply listen to it, there is a good movie in here. Wonder Woman (2017) SOUNDS like it is going to draw a great parallel with the likes of Richard Donner’s Superman (1978), with WW coming into the world of men with a sense of confidence that she can save them – more likely from themselves than from a greater threat. However, when I open my eyes, while Themyscira certainly looks beautiful, this still looks like a Zach Snyder movie and makes me think that someone at Warner Bros. just has a huge hard-on for the director for some reason. I’m sick of this neo-dystopian future filter that goes over all of these DC Cinematic movies and I am so sick of these super slow-motion shots. It was cool in 300 (2007) and Watchmen (2009) because they used the comic book panels from their sources to pay homage, but as a reoccurring trope in these DC movies, it’s getting exhausting at this point.
I really want this movie to pull through, I do. Nothing would make me happier. Warner Bros. is on its last leg with the DCEU and they need a serious comeback if they’re going to keep viewers invested in this franchise. They have their backs against the wall with the backlash from (Oscar winner) Suicide Squad (2016) and The Flash (2018??) having more directors/writers step in/out than I have fingers. For some reason, Mel Gibson is in talks to direct Suicide Squad 2 and it’s very apparent Ben Affleck wants out of his commitment to being Batman – and I don’t really blame him.
Wonder Woman (2017) hits theaters June 2nd, 2017.
PS They’re REALLY trying to force that Wonder Woman theme song from Batman v Superman (2016) on us…