As fans, we have all wondered why is it that Marvel has catapulted stratospherically in the feature films category and DC seems to have been left behind. Outside of the largely successful Dark Knight Trilogy and relatively successful Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, DC has not given us much to praise. Wonder Woman is a movie that shoots to change that narrative, and does a wonderfully successful job at doing so. Continuing the extended DC Universe construction which began with the Man of Steel in 2013, Wonder Woman contains a well transitioned story line, paired with great on-screen performances from Gal Gadot and Chris Pine that is sure to keep audiences entertained for the length of the film. Gal Gadot plays Diana and brings her character to life in a way that allows viewers to feel that sense of her being a superhero as well as a having a sense of naïve vulnerability as her life on a hidden island does not have her out in the world until it is embroiled in World War I. Together with Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), she traverses the European landscape shaped by the war in an attempt to find Aries (David Thewlis) and end the threat of the war. The action scenes are thrilling and do the movie justice in terms of giving a greater view of Diana’s powers at work and there are even some comical moments involving the Lasso of Truth. The movie also brings forward a view of feminine strength and that is a positive note as there hasn’t been a movie DC or otherwise in which the lead role is focused on a woman, and this being the first and it being successful hopefully does trend towards a greater inclusion of heroines in the extended universes for both DC and Marvel. This is a great introduction of Wonder Woman into the DC extended universe, and hopefully going forward the upward trend of having darker themed movies continues and brings more success to the DC lineup.
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