Wonder Woman in love
As CinemaCon rolls on, it was Wonder Woman’s turn on center stage, with new footage debuted with Chris Pine and director Patty Jenkins on hand to promote the film (Gal Gadot just had a baby and was not there). The footage showed Diana and Steve Trevor (Pine) getting to know one another as Trevor tries to explain concepts like marriage to a person who has never seen a man before. We saw a little of this byplay in the last trailer, and while I liked the tone—especially compared to the dearth of functioning humor anywhere else in the DC Universe—it didn’t strike me as very romantic. But everyone is touting the love story, with Pine saying, “It has a Casablanca feel.” Way to set a HIGH bar for yourself, buddy.
There was also a villain reveal, as Diana assumes that World War I is the fault of Ares, God of War, who is also one of her big comic book nemeses. There’s no information anywhere on who could be playing Ares, or if we’re even going to see him for real in the movie. Zack Snyder had a hand in writing this script, so I don’t really trust anything about the story elements. Ares could be portrayed by a real actor and he and Wonder Woman could have an awesome f*cking showdown in the middle of a WWI battlefield. Or he could be a pile of CGI nonsense that shoots a laser into the sky. I hope it’s the former but I prepare myself for the latter.
But Wonder Woman, seen only in drips and drabs by select audiences so far, continues to impress people. At the very least, it will be nice to see a different director’s take on the DCU, even if Jenkins is forcibly subjected to Snyder’s color-drained palettes. And it will be SO INTERESTING to see a woman’s take on a superhero, the first since Lexi Alexander’s Punisher: War Zone in 2008. At the most, we might not only get a decent DCU movie, but also a heroine the whole world will love.
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