POWER. GRACE. WISDOM. WONDER.
Finally, after the failures of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, DC Comics delivered a superhero adventure able to rival the Marvel movies. Directing her first feature film in 14 years, Patty Jenkins and her team craft a handsome and robust equivalent to the Captain America movies, set during World War I, with Diana (Gal Gadot) accompanying a British spy (Chris Pine) to the front where she hopes to confront the war god Ares. Done in a much lighter way than previous DC blockbusters, even though the final showdown is predictably grim. Overlong, but fun and explosive; boosted by the rapport between Gadot and Pine.
2017-U.S. 141 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Richard Suckle. Directed by Patty Jenkins. Screenplay: Allan Heinberg. Comic Book: William Moulton Marston. Cast: Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman), Chris Pine (Steve Trevor), Robin Wright (Antiope), Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen.
Trivia: At various points over the years, Ivan Reitman and Joss Whedon were reportedly considered for directing duties. Wonder Woman next appeared in Justice League (2017). Followed by Wonder Woman 1984 (2020).
Last word: “It ended up being very ‘Superman’. For me it’s ‘Casablanca’ a lot. It came up a lot. And Indiana Jones. It’s those three films. It’s a classic film. We’re making a classic film. We care about humor. We care about epic. We care about heroicism. We care about arc and story. Make it elegant. Go for it. Don’t hold back. Just try for that pocket all the time. Really those three films with a kind of war hero, who Steve Trevor is. Indiana Jones or Rick from ‘Casablanca’ meets Wonder Woman and I’m in.” (Jenkins, Slash Film)