Despite receiving poor reviews for their recent superhero films, including “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad”, the DC Extended Universe seem to have broken the mould for the better with their latest addition, “Wonder Woman”.
According to a number of critic reviews, “Wonder Woman”, featuring Gal Gadot as the timeless princess of the Amazons and Chris Pine as the American pilot Steve Trevor, is being hailed for showing female power in what many consider a very timely light.
“As the world’s most well-adjusted superhero, Wonder Woman breaks the genre mould,” writes The Hollywood Reporter on the film. “If Diana of Themyscira is the much-needed hero of our times, it’s not because of her special-effects-laden fight moves. It’s because of such offhand moments as the way she infiltrates a bad guy’s soiree.”
Sharing similar sentiments, IndieWire adds that the film is “as much about a superhero rising as it is about a world deserving of her.” They write, “Diana’s hard-won insistence on battling for humanity (no matter how frequently they disappoint) adds the kind of gravitas and emotion that establishes it as the very best film the DCEU has made yet.”
Meanwhile, Mashable notes that “Wonder Woman” feels “like a glowing beacon of hope in a grim and gritty movie.” They add that the film offers “a different perspective on the franchise that brings its vision into clearer focus. And in doing so, it becomes one of the most inspiring superhero movies since ‘Captain America: The First Avenger.'”
Not only featuring a strong female lead, “Wonder Woman” also features Patty Jenkins, the first woman to direct a superhero film and only the third woman to direct a film with a budget of at least $100 million.