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Wonder Woman (2017) Review

Published by: Anthony Wallace


wwposter5The road for DC has been nothing but a bumpy start to their cinematic universe. With both ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice‘ and ‘Suicide Squad‘ getting mixed to negative reviews things have been looking grim for Warner Bros. The tide may be turning however as Gal Gadot takes on the amazon warrior’s mantle in ‘Wonder Woman‘. In what is considered a must win situation for not only the studio but especially weary fans of the DC universe the trick may be the film’s new director in Patty Jenkins.

A strong and determined warrior in Diana Prince, Princess of Themyscira, befriends a German spy in Steve Trevor. After a confrontation that leaves her home in fear of the outside world, Diana flees with Steve to end the Great War in Germany. It is through belief that Diana fights side by side with the human race in believing there is more good then there is evil.

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Getting this out of the way, Warner Bros. has created a winner with Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. What’s filled with action and adventure we get a good look at the character that has been the idol of many women around the world through decades past. The negative reaction first hand when Gadot was cast as the Amazon warrior was later silenced in her cameo appearance in ‘Batman v. Superman‘ alongside Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill. It continues in this film that not only does she prove the naysayers wrong but doing so with heart and determination.

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One of the things that stood out to me was how great of a job they were able to flesh out her character. Giving us a glimpse into not only her family heritage but also struggling to make understanding of the outside world with her relationship with Steve Trevor, played by Chris Pine. While we’re mentioning Chris Pine, it’s safe to say he has great chemistry with Gal Gadot and it was without a doubt a plus for the film. It’s unfortunate of the circumstances towards the end of the movie but with that said Pine was a great choice to play alongside Gadot as they fought Ludendorff to the nail.

If we had to make a comparison I would say the writers did a better job in fleshing out Diana Prince as compared to how the writers for ‘Man of Steel‘ did with Clark Kent. With only being one of highlights it demonstrates a much improved script and in how to tell a cohesive narrative. There were even times where I made a comparison to Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The First Avenger‘ as in how they used a World War setting for their respective properties. Just imagine if we were to get a crossover of both characters and how amazing that could be.

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A well put together effort by Director Patty Jenkins puts this DC movie as one of the best films in the cinematic universe. And it also manages to balance tone and action without falling victim to being dreary and dire as in past attempts. It’s almost night and day from where we were last Summer as many were wondering if DC was in turbulent times. Could this mean we can look forward to a much brighter future for the upcoming DC properties and the eventual ‘Justice League‘ film? Let’s not jump the gun just yet but definitely ‘Wonder Woman‘ is a gigantic step in the right direction.

Rating: 7.8/10

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What do you guys think? Do you plan on watching ‘Wonder Woman‘? Comment below and share your thoughts about the movie.

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After Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, where does Warner Bros. & DC go next?

Published by: Anthony Wallace


Batman_v_Superman_posterWhat has been certainly an unexpected and surprising response by Critics and movie-goers to Zack Snyder’s epic showdown in ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice‘ has Warner Bros. and DC scrambling to retain the loyalty to it’s world building franchise. Only making $872 million* at the global box office with a $25o million budget was not the success the studio was looking for. Where does the finger pointing begin? Certainly blame can be attributed to the director and studio but where in fact lies the problem for a movie that was supposed to lay the groundwork for a DC cinematic universe. And with an extended cut of the film being released with additional footage not seen in theaters has left many to question why Snyder’s original vision wasn’t realized by the fear of studios showcasing a 3-hour long motion picture.

The overwhelming responses are in as ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice‘ was muddled with plot devices, plot holes, choppy editing between scenes, and the overall dourness of the characters that left the word fun at the door. Even if the Ultimate Edition helped to clean up some of the criticisms that plagued the theatrical release, and gave more of a motivation to Lex Luthor’s master plan, it still leaves a sour taste to those who didn’t like the original cut and only adds to the experience for those who enjoyed the film. In what should have been a clear victory for the studio ends up leaving more questions then answers. Now we look into how everything led up to this point and where the future of the franchise may lead.

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Going back all the way to when ‘Man of Steel‘ was announced and the casting of Henry Cavill as the next Superman, Warner Bros. was banking on this film’s success to jumpstart the DC universe. After it’s initial release with mixed reactions by critics and audience goers, it led to Zack Snyder announcing at the 2014 Comic Con of Batman v. Superman. Snyder considered it the next step into building towards the Justice League and introducing everyone to a new Batman. The initial reaction to the casting of Ben Affleck as the new Bruce Wayne led the airwaves in blasting the studio for their decision. We also saw the casting of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman which too saw skepticism upon being announced as the new goddess warrior. Everything was heading into the right direction until the decision to delay the film’s release from 2015 to the Spring of 2016 as script issues came up.

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An additional year was necessary for Zack Snyder as he proclaimed that they (Warner Bros.) wanted to flesh out the script and get it right. This then leads to the first trailer to leak online and a slew of other trailers hitting the web that were hit and miss as to the overcrowding of plot points drew red flags. With the film heading into its week of release, critics responses were mostly negative with an 11% tomato-meter score on Rotten Tomatoes. This caught the attention of movie-goers early on and with the bad word of mouth after release it would just all go down hill from there. In what should have been a $1 billion grossing event would lead to a less then stellar opening and doubt over whether the DC universe will weather the storm.

Even with criticisms abound, Warner Bros. continues on with keeping Zack Snyder at the helm for his next chapter in ‘Justice League: Part 1‘ (2017). However, before that we’ll be seeing David Ayer’s much anticipated ‘Suicide Squad‘ starring Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, and Will Smith as villains are forced to come together in Black Ops missions in exchange for mercy. Having dealt with the criticisms of it’s last outing has the studio banking on ‘Suicide Squad‘ to being a massive hit. With David Ayer’s success in war dramas, he most certainly has confidence by the studio that he will turn the tide and make things right. However, if the film is a dud and leaves a mark as it did in ‘Batman v. Superman‘ we can most certainly see a slow down by the studio with future projects scheduled down the pipeline. maxresdefault

It just seems like Warner Bros. and DC are playing catchup with Marvel as each film has been pressured to succeed. First with ‘Man of Steel‘ and the most recent ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice‘, the obvious is present as they are starting to look desperate for answers into making the franchise a success. The studio shouldn’t be playing catch-up but rather taking it’s time as did Marvel in setting up their universe. After the first ‘Iron Man‘ in 2008 and the subsequent releases that followed, the quality and feel to the films just flowed. We’re not seeing that with DC as each film feels like it has a lot to lose with the stakes being so high. Typically the quality of a franchise goes down hill after it’s been around for a while but isn’t the case with DC as they’re already struggling from the start.

The studio needs to give itself time to flesh out the story arcs when building its properties. Warner Bros. still has a chance to head into the right direction and become the success it’s looking for. Against the argument that people want to see DC fail, it’s actually the opposite for fans of comic books as a whole as we live in a generation where superheroes and comic-book fandom has finally arrived at the cinemas. It just takes one film to turn things around and to re-instill confidence back to DC comic readers. All is not lost.

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What do you guys think? Will Suicide Squad make or break an already fragile DC Universe? Comment below and share your thoughts.