In just a couple of weeks from today, fans everywhere will be heading into their local multiplexes to check out the latest DC Extended Universe film, Wonder Woman. For many, the appearance of Diana of Themyscira in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice was a rare bright spot in the non-stop dank of Zack Snyder’s film, so hope is high that the first major superhero film headlined by a woman is able to both redeem the DCEU and encourage the production of more female-centric superhero movies. (We hear Batgirl is waiting in the wings.) So you’ll be pleased to know that the early critical mass for Wonder Woman, is overwhelmingly positive.
So we can say, “Good news, everyone!” and mean it in a very non-Professor Farnsworth kind of way because this is actually good news. The early word from critics on social media is that Wonder Woman is good! Full reviews are still under embargo, but critics are now allowed to share their brief thoughts on social media, including Andrew Dyce from ScreenRant.
Embargo lifted, so I can say unequivocally that Patty Jenkins delivered a true Wonder Woman story, in more ways than I honestly hoped.
— Andrew Dyce™ (@andrewbdyce) May 19, 2017
And Eric Eisenberg from CinemaBlend.
#WonderWoman is the best DCEU film so far. The heart of Gal Gadot's Diana powers it, and the shift from mythic into WWI story really works.
— (((Eric Eisenberg))) (@eeisenberg) May 19, 2017
Gal Gadot, who was initially a controversial choice for the role, has been especially highlighted for her work in the film, and for her chemistry with co-star Chris Pine, like in this tween from IndieWire’s Kate Erbland.
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
At the same time, the film’s technical skills have also been praised, like in this posted here by The Nerdist’s Alicia Lutes.
#WonderWoman has some of the coolest, most insanely well-performed, and badass fight scenes ever; singularly choreographed + shot. And fun!
— Alicia Lutes (@alicialutes) May 19, 2017
Of course, some of the reviews have been downright hyperbolic, comparing Wonder Woman to some of the most popular comic book movies of all time.
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
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
Regardless of how much these critics love (or really love) Wonder Woman, this is undoubtedly good news because the earlier reviews for both Batman V. Superman and Suicide Squad were less kind. It’s hard to say what effect those negative reviews had on the bottom line of both movies, they each made a lot of money after all, but the critical seal of approval never hurts when it comes to even the biggest summer box office hits, and it might give DC some breathing room as reorganize their slate of movies. Time will tell.
Wonder Woman will be in theatres everywhere on June 2.