In its scramble to catch up with Marvel, DC's cinematic universe has hit a few missteps along the way, but that may change with Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman will be released in a few weeks and reviews are still under embargo, but Warner Brothers has allowed some critics to share their thoughts on social media. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, with some hailing it as DC's best movie since Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, which released in 2008.
Very pleased to report that #WonderWoman is the best DC movie since THE DARK KNIGHT. I'm already looking forward to seeing it again.
— Silas Lesnick (@silaslesnick) May 19, 2017
Fun And Funny
One of the frequent criticisms hurled at DC's cinematic universe is that it is not funny, unlike Marvel's quip-filled romps. While we don't agree that every hero needs to be Iron Man, it would be nice if the DC movies found their own brand of humor to provide some levity to the grim proceedings and, for the most part, it appears that Wonder Woman does just that.
WONDER WOMAN: Easily my favorite DCEU film. Has the humor and heart the franchise so desperately needs. Gadot and Pine are charming as hell. — Kate Erbland (@katerbland) May 19, 2017
Wonder Woman is the DC movie I've been waiting for. It's exciting, inspiring, funny, and has some truly awe-inspiring action scenes. — Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) May 19, 2017
I loved Wonder Woman. First act's a bit slow, but it's optimistic, emotional, and *gasp* funny. Best DC movie so far. — Dave Schilling (@dave_schilling) May 19, 2017
A Hero To Root For
When it comes to their superheroes, Marvel and DC have followed two divergent, but equally valid, paths. Exemplified in Stan Lee's Spider-Man, Marvel works to create characters with an everyman appeal. DC, on the other hand, treats its characters as modern-day myths. The likes of Wonder Woman or Superman might not be as relatable as Peter Parker and his frequent money troubles, but they were characters people look up to. When it comes to the movies, Marvel has managed to translate the everyman appeal of its characters - especially in the form of Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man - to the big screen. DC has, unfortunately, struggled to showcase the inspiring nature of its heroes, but Wonder Woman looks to change all of that.
Loved WONDER WOMAN. She reminds me of Christopher Reeve's Superman: true north superhero w/ no angst or cynicism, which is needed right now. — Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) May 19, 2017
Franchise Fred approves @WonderWomanFilm. Truly inspiring, I got choked up seeing WW triumphantly charge into battle. @GalGadot @PattyJenks — Franchise Fred (@FranchiseFred) May 19, 2017
My reaction to @WonderWomanFilm : exciting, powerful, bold, epic, simply wonderful and - best of all - absolutely empowering.
— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) May 19, 2017
I'm finally allowed to say it: I loved #WonderWoman! I teared up watching her fight. The Amazons kick ass! #SheIsWonderWoman @PattyJenks <3 — JennaBusch (@JennaBusch) May 19, 2017