The last DC film adaptation featuring a female protagonist was the abysmal Catwoman back in 2004, so things were not looking great for Wonder Woman. When you combine that with the less than stellar reception of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, of which Wonder Woman serves as a prequel, and it seemed as though we may have had a disaster on our hands.
Which is why I’m happy to announce that Wonder Woman is actually one of the best superhero films in years, DC or otherwise, and what makes it better, she's also the first female superhero to get her own film in the DC series.
After the grittiness of past DC Extended Universe films, having something noticeably brighter and more colourful almost feels like a breath of fresh air. Even though it’s set during WWI, we have a film which feels far more like a comic book brought to life than a gritty political thriller. Which just happens to have superheroes in it, and we couldn’t be happier for that.
In terms of the action sequences, let’s just say that a woman throwing a tank into the air is something which needs to be seen to be believed.
Director Patty Jenkins, who last brought us the Oscar-winning drama Monster back in 2003, clearly knows how to get the most out of the actors, because the performances here are nothing short of spectacular.
Gal Gadot, in particular, deserves high praise for her charismatic turn as the titular 'Amazonian Warrior', and her chemistry with Chris Pine is nothing short of flawless. She’s an actress destined to go on to achieve great things.
Whether you’re a hardcore comic reader or superheroes aren’t really your thing, Wonder Woman is an essential viewing, and I would give it a solid four out of five stars.