I went in to the theater filled to the brim with skepticism. The mental trauma of Batman v. Superman had just fully healed. On the CW, Supergirl has gone from being a good television show to being a preachy political drama, constantly thrusting the issue of illegal aliens and homosexuality in our face every week.
I was worried that in this age of political correctness, this would be a movie about women, women’s rights, women in a man’s universe. I’m not saying those things are important, but you have to remember one thing. Women are not the big readers of Wonder Woman in comic form. You don’t see a comic shop packed with females. It is male readers that kept that comic alive over the decades. If they went down the woman-in-a-man’s-world rabbit hole, they risked alienating the true fans of Wonder Woman. Thankfully, someone at DC had half a brain and avoided making that kind of movie.
To be blunt, DC needed a hit, if only to keep the embers of hope with the upcoming Justice League movie burning. Wonder Woman was the best part of Batman vs. Superman. We demanded…no, desperately needed a good DC comic book movie.
Wonder Woman is that hit.
Now, I’m a WWI historian and I could easily go off on a rant on the inaccuracies in the film; I’m entitled to do that. I won’t, because in the end they don’t matter. This was a solid movie with a good plot and fantastic performances from Gal Gadot and Chris Pine. I feared it would be a thinly veiled rip-off of Captain America, The First Avenger. You have to admit, the potential for that was there. Fess up. You thought it too. DC dodged that shot as easily as Wonder Woman deflects machinegun fire.
This was a story built on solid characters and a good story line. It was not driven by CGI or special effects, but on the evolution of the characters.
DC finally gave us a movie in their new rendition of their universe that met, if not exceeded expectations. I give it four-point-five out of five stars. (The WWI historian in me held back that half star, just to be a douchebag.) The only thing lacking in the film that prevented it from being perfect was no cameo from Linda Carter. What were you guys thinking? She had to appear, if only in the background. Doh!