While Marvel Studios keeps making record-breaking movies with their superhero movies, their biggest competitor (DC) can’t seem to hit the same highs. After Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy their titles have almost all received negative scores on Rotten Tomatoes and their attempt at creating their own DC Cinematic Universe seem to fail. Although Wonder Woman (played by Gal Gadot) appeared in Batman v Superman, it was time to show her origin story. Is this the movie with which DC finally succeeds in creating something which is generally loved?
Princess Diana grows up on the Amazonian island Themyscira. It’s 1918 and the peace on the island is violently interrupted when American pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crashes and is saved by Diana when he’s attached by Germans. When she hears about what is happening in the world she feels obliged to leave the island and find the god Ares. She thinks he is the key to stop the world war. Together with a team she ends up travelling to the front lines in order to locate him.
Whereas the past DC movies were very bleak and in which the superheroes didn’t seem to want to be heroes, this fortunately isn’t the case in Wonder Woman. This is a character who wants to make the world a better place and who offers hope for others because of what she is able to do. This is all presented with a lot of humour. Diana has never seen the rest of the world (not even men) and that results in a lot of fish out of water moments that work. It makes for a movie where time flies by and where the action feels original and well shot (of course with some slow motion shots). At the moment this is one of my favorite superhero movies of the year and a great blockbuster.