If there is one thing that all of my friends know about me it is that I am a massive comic book fan. Generally, anything in the realm of geeky pop-culture is something that I enjoy but comic books, particularly DC Comics, is what I am obsessed with. I am a huge fan of Batman, he has been my go to superhero since I was four-years-old and watched Tim Burton’s Batman with my grandpa in his study and throughout my childhood watching Batman: The Animated Series. That love eventually branched out to a love of the Justice League and the entirety of the DC Universe. However, I am also a big movie fan and shamefully must admit that the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) has been a disappointment for me. I thought Man of Steel was actually pretty good, not amazing but still, I enjoy rewatching it. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was a movie I probably would have killed a man to see when I was ten, but that movie was a major disappointment. There was some good stuff in there, but the good was weighed down by the bad. In my opinion, they should have just done a live-action shot for shot remake of The Batman/Superman Movie: World’s Finest (1997), if you have not seen that movie and you are a DC fan please immediately watch it! Then finally the last DCEU movie to be released before Wonder Woman was Suicide Squad. I really don’t even want to talk about that movie, it was utter garbage as far as I’m concerned. Maybe one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen.
So when Wonder Woman hit theaters I was cautious but I did not kid myself, I was going to be there no matter what because I love these characters and I want these films to succeed. Let me just get this out of the way right now, I really enjoyed Wonder Woman. From here on there will be spoilers so be warned! I thought Gal Gadot was perfect as Princess Diana, Chris Pine was hilarious as Steve Trevor, and Patty Jenkins did an excellent job directing this female superhero movie. I think this is definitely in the top 10 superhero origin movies, however, I don’t believe it is as good as many people are saying online.
I know that sounds like blasphemy so I will try to explain. Rotten Tomatoes is not exactly the best way to measure how good a movie is but it is a tool that many moviegoers use so I will use it here to help prove my point. Wonder Woman currently has a score of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, in comparison, Superman (1979) has a 93%, Batman (1989) has a 72%, Batman Begins has an 84%, Green Lantern has a 26%, and finally, Man of Steel has a 55%. Wonder Woman is the second highest rated Superhero origin movie from DC Comics, behind the first ever superhero movie ever, Superman (1979), scoring significantly higher than the groundbreaking Batman (1989) and the first installment in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. While I think that the film was very good, I would not put it above Batman (1989) or Batman Begins, it obviously is far superior to Green Lantern, as I’m sure Deadpool will be the first to shout from the mountaintop, but I think it is closer to its DCEU counterpart Man of Steel, then people are willing to admit yet.
Man of Steel was the first film in the DCEU and set the stage for the criticism about the dark and bleak nature of the films within it. However, focusing just on the origin story of Superman for the DCEU, it was largely criticized for having an angsty Superman who seemed to not want the responsibility of helping others. The real criticism came from the destruction of Metropolis during his final fight with General Zod and the eventual murder of Zod by Superman. This was not the Superman that people were used to, and seemingly not the one they wanted. Wonder Woman went the complete opposite direction as the other DCEU films, it is a movie filled with color, humor, and hope. It was truly refreshing to see in the DCEU, but at times it seemed as though they went too far in that direction at points making it seem campy. The message of Wonder Woman seems to be that love conquers all, which is an extremely cheesy sentiment to blatantly state in the final act of a movie made in 2017. Also, the final shot of the movie with Wonder Woman jumping toward the camera actually made me cringe, it seemed as though they had no idea how to wrap up the movie. Finally, a real issue for me that no one seems to be talking about is the kill count Wonder Woman racks up. Everyone went crazy when Superman killed Zod, everyone lost their minds when Batman killed in
The message of Wonder Woman seems to be that love conquers all, which is an extremely cheesy sentiment to blatantly state in the final act of a movie made in 2017. Also, the final shot of the movie with Wonder Woman jumping toward the camera actually made me cringe, it seemed as though they had no idea how to wrap up the movie. Finally, a real issue for me that no one seems to be talking about is the kill count Wonder Woman racks up. Everyone went crazy when Superman killed Zod, everyone lost their minds when Batman killed in Batman v. Superman, but no one seems to care at all that Wonder Woman’s entire goal was to straight up murder her big villain and also kill whatever German soldiers lay in her path. For the first story in the DCEU to really emphasize the themes of love and hope, this is probably the movie with the highest kill count by the hero. It seemed that this movie wanted to have Wonder Woman both as this beacon of light for mankind to aspire to be like but also to be a brutal warrior with no remorse for killing her enemies.
This does not mean that I did not really enjoy the movie. In fact, I hope the DCEU takes a lesson from Wonder Woman and leans more towards a colorful, hopeful feel. However, I would prefer they find a middle ground between Wonder Woman and Man of Steel, to find a balance between the corny and the bleak. Overall, I’m glad Wonder Woman finally received her own solo movie and look forward to what’s in store for the future of the franchise. Thank you for reading this and have a nice day.