Wonder Woman Reviewed By Jon E Clist

The Premise
Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

The Review
Wow, I can’t think of a more apt single word description for Wonder Woman. DC and Warner Bro have absolutely smashed it out of the park and right out of the atmosphere. I had heard a few comments coming out from early reviews saying things like finally DC have made the perfect super-hero film and this is what we have been waiting for. I certainly agree with these sorts of statements and if the general happiness that was exploding forth from the audience faces post screening was anything to go by, I am not alone in these opinions.

We have waited a long time for this film to arrive. I just about can’t remember a time when a Wonder Woman film wasn’t rumoured to be happening or in the pipelines. In fact, This film has been in development since 1996, when Ivan Reitman was hired to write and direct it. In January 2001, Silver Pictures approached Todd Alcott to write a Wonder Woman script. He was replaced in August 2003 with Laeta Kalogridis. Later in March 2005, Joss Whedon was hired to not only write but also direct the film, but in February 2007, he left due to creative differences. On November 24, 2014, Michelle MacLaren was confirmed as director, but she dropped out on March 13, 2015 due to creative differences. Here’s the thing, as sad as I am that all these people dropped out or moved on, or whatever happened along the way, this is definitely one of those times when it was obviously for the best.

In regard to the role of Wonder Woman, Kate Beckinsale, Sandra Bullock, Mischa Barton, Rachel Bilson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Biel, Eva Green, Christina Hendricks Kristen Stewart, Olga Kurylenko and Elodie Yung were considered to play the role of Wonder Woman throughout the years. Once again, I have to say that the wait for Gal Godot has proved to be immaculate, as we saw in our first taste in last year’s Batman V Superman.

There are so many really good choices that have come out of this production process. One of the key ones being the introduction of Patty Jenkins to the Director’s chair. Jenkins is the first woman to direct a superhero film with a female protagonist and the class that she has brought to this story is perfection. It is a clever story, that is paced well and the perfect blend of a strong independent female character who works alongside others but gives away none of her commanding screentime.

Every design decision made for Themyscira came down to Jenkins and designer Lindy Hemming asking, "How would women want to live that's badass?" Hemming crafted a look to show off the Amazons' ripped shoulders and toned legs, emphasized by wrist braces and heeled sandals, because, Jenkins explained, "As a woman, I want Wonder Woman to fight and look great at the same time. In my opinion, this means she has really long legs". Jenkins and Hemming have succeeded perfectly on this. What we see here is a stunning location that highlights a different sort of world without lowering the tone to base sexual desires.

Don’t get me wrong, while Gal Gadot looks stunning as Diana Prince, her character has not been overly sexualised as has been the case for most if not all female superheroes in the past. You only have to look at the ridiculous physical proportions of the ladies in comic books to know that they were drawn or designed mostly by men who like a big bust etc… Here we see a well-rounded character from an emotional and psychological point of view instead of just physically.

While the story centers around Diana’s entrance into the general world during the first world war, it sets up this amazing character so spectacularly for future DC outings and certainly adds to the anticipation for Justice League later this year. Finally there is a massive injection of hope into the DC universe.

Of course I should point out that the rest of the cast is smashing good too and while we have certainly sen that Chris Pine can play the leading man to perfection in his previous outings such as Star Trek, he comfortably takes a back seat and occupies it perfectly in support of Gadot. They bounce of each other well and there is certainly a nice touch of chemistry.

Then in the bad side of ledger, you have the wonderful addition of a female evil scientist of Dr Maru as played by Elena Anaya to perfection. While she teams up strongly with Danny Huston as Ludendorff, there is something rather horrific that helps to establish them as a strong and diabolical duo.

The Verdict
WOW!!! A Must-see!

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 1st June 2017
Rating: M - Contains violence
Duration: 141 minutes 
Genre:  Sci-Fi/Action
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright
Director: Patty Jenkins (Monster)

The Extras
It is the first female dominant superhero film in twelve years since Elektra (2005).

Cobie Smulders was briefly considered for the role of Wonder Woman. Smulders went on to voice the character in the The Lego Movie (2014) and also appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Agent Maria Hill.

Producer Zack Snyder has a cameo in this film as a World War I soldier.

This is the second comic book film to have a female director, after Punisher: War Zone (2008).

Wonder Woman/Diana is of Greek nationality in the comics. Gal Gadot, who plays her, was born in Israel and is of Jewish European descent.

Just like her co-stars Ben Affleck and Ezra Miller, Gal Gadot will be the third DC character to appear in two films of the same year, Wonder Woman (2017) and Justice League (2017).

There were several campaigns and arrangements for the first live-action Wonder Woman Lynda Carter to have a cameo appearance in this film, but they were unable to manage it due to her schedule of singing for cabarets.