Wonder Woman Garners Positive Buzz After First Screening
Late last week, Wonder Woman was screened for the media for the first time and early reactions have been positive.
Critics are not allowed to post proper reviews until the embargo is lifted toward the end of May, but there is a lot to be gleaned from some writers' tweets.
Batman-News for example, tweeted that, "Wonder Woman has more action than Batman v. Superman."
— Andy Lea (@andyleasreviews) May 11, 2017
“@AndrewKruzel @PattyJenks I can’t get into specifics but @GalGadot gives a beautiful, nuanced, powerful performance, @PattyJenks is SO GOOD with actors. #WonderWoman”
— Marc Andreyko (@marcandreyko)
Batman v. Superman similarly had a positive buzz before it was released, but that came from fans instead of critics.
The word on Wonder Woman has been nothing but promising so far. If Patty Jenkins' film is as great as we hope it is, then DC will have the momentum to take them to Justice League and beyond.
It is also monumentally important that Wonder Woman succeed for the future of not just female-led superhero films, but big-budget films helmed by and starring women in general.
I believe Jenkins is up to the task, though. She has been trying to make a Wonder Woman film for over 10 years and fully understands the enormous responsibility on her shoulders.
Wonder Woman is one of the most iconic female characters in existence. For it to succeed would be a watershed moment in popular culture that could be on the level of Richard Donner's Superman.
Jenkins has actually said that the original Superman has served as her chief inspiration with Wonder Woman.
DC's Chief Creative Officer, Geoff Johns, (who got his start interning for Donner), has collaborated very closely with Jenkins to restore optimism to the DCEU.
Johns, who is the new overseer of the DCEU and de-facto Kevin Feige, has mandated that DC's films must include 3 H's moving forward; heart, humor and heroics.
(The DCEU was previously overseen by Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Charles Roven. The negative reaction to Batman v. Superman prompted Warner Bros. to promote Johns and Jon Berg to take over the reins.)
Wonder Woman represents the first DCEU film under Johns' stewardship. Hopefully his and Jenkins' renewed vision can translate to films that resonate better with audiences.
Although Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad were box-office successes, they were both victims of second weekend drop-offs due to poor word of mouth.
At some point, DC needs a bona fide hit on their hands lest they get compared to Transformers.
Hopefully Wonder Woman can be the film that DC needs and the fans deserve.
Wonder Woman releases in theaters June 2.