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Wonder Woman

The 2017 Academy Awards ceremony is still about seven months away. Between now and then, a great many potential Oscar nominees will be released, and while many of them will have successful campaigns and be rewarded with several nominations, a few will make the honorific, though infamous, Oscar snub list. Long story short, there’s a lot of competition out there, which may be why Warner Bros. is starting early. The surprising part though is that the movie Warner Bros. is lifting up for Oscar glory is their summer blockbuster hit, Wonder Woman. For what use is breaking the superhero glass ceiling if you don’t get awarded for it.  (more…)

If you had predicted that the highest grossing film of the summer blockbuster season was going to be a DC film, you might have been laughed at. Sure, the films of the newly minted DC Extended Universe are big box office draws, but in a year where we have already had heavy hitters like the Fate of the Furious, Logan, and of course Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, it seemed unlikely that a DC film would rack up the charts. That was before Wonder Woman.

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Wonder Woman continued to bring in the box office dollars over the weekend and passed Deadpool to join the top ten highest grossing superhero movies in the United States. Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) of course broke the 5th wall, that’s the one dividing Marvel and DC Cinematic Universes to acknowledge the success of Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman with a witty tweet. (more…)

Wonder Woman has just unlocked the achievement of losing less than 50 per cent of its opening weekend gross on its just completed second weekend of release, so there’s really no denying that this is the critical, commercial, and cultural turning point that Warner Bros and DC Entertainment have been looking for. With many questions lingering about the fate and future of the DCEU, let’s look at five things to consider going forward as to how Wonder Woman may impact the future of this shared universe. (more…)

The success of Wonder Woman has been seen as not just as a grand reception for a great comic book movie, but a celebration of the arrival of a more diverse slate of super cinema heroes. To Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment go the credit for being the first to get a female hero onto the marquee of her own solo superhero film, a genre that to this point, with few exceptions, has seen women shoved to the side as love interests and supporting characters. But since everything in movies is a contest, the question must asked: Where does Marvel stand on creating diversity?  (more…)

The latest addition to the DC extended universe has raised the bar for the company’s cinematic output. Wonder Woman has far surpassed anyone’s expectations. Through the stellar performance by not only Gal Godot as Diana Princess of Themyscira, but from the equally brilliant supporting cast, from Chris Pine as Steve Trevor at Diana’s side to the host of Amazonian warriors to raised her. It has been long established that Diana herself will return to the DCEU, in Justice League, which is due for release later this year, if nothing else. Director Patty Jenkins has already expressed an interest in returning for a sequel, but nothing has been confirmed yet. (more…)

Since she first appeared as the most exciting part of the climactic battle in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gal Godot‘s portrayal of DC‘s epic Amazon warrior Wonder Woman, the nerd world has been obsessed with her. Expectations were hardly high for the movie, based on the quality of DC’s extended cinematic universe so far. On top of that, the film had to suffer being banned in Lebanon and boycotted by misogynists who felt left out of a small handful of women-only screenings. But despite all that, the film’s opening weekend was a roaring success, cleaning up at the box office and smashing into the mid-90s on its Rotten Tomatoes rating. (more…)

Wonder Woman

Now, this shouldn’t come as a big surprise to anyone, but this was pretty much Wonder Woman’s weekend. Given that the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) has been considered “curse,” and also the fact that many didn’t consider the film about the Amazonian princess to be marketed that much a little while ago, there was the possible fear that it would not be as successful as studio heads hoped. Rest assured, Wonder Woman was a powerhouse! The first DCEU film that was critically and commercially successful (scoring a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes: a tie with Iron Man and The Dark Knight), it cleaned up shop this weekend at the Box Office.

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Created to be a role model for women and girls in a genre that famously depicted violence to target a male audience, Wonder Woman has been a role model for more than 75 years and continues to inspire the world’s female population to this day. As Princess Diana of Themyscira makes her DCEU debut, it has made global headlines that the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has chosen to celebrate by hosting a handful of women-only screenings of the new movie. Part of the reason it has drawn so much attention has been the reaction of men who can’t bear the thought of women having one thing for themselves. (more…)

The DCEU (DC Extended Universe) has had it’s share of stumbles, stumbles, and faceplants over the last few years, the result of Warner Bros.’ rush to cash in on the whole shared superhero universe thing Marvel/Disney started almost a decade ago with Iron Man. Back then, Warner Bros.’ was content letting Christopher Nolan complete his critically and commercially acclaimed Dark Knight trilogy, but once The Dark Knight Rises came and went in 2012, it was back to square one cinematic universe wise, a universe that kicked off with the divisive, if unfairly maligned Man of Steel in 2013 and continued with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice just last year (the less said about Suicide Squad, the better). For all of its literal and figurative darkness, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice featured Wonder Woman’s (Gal Gadot) long awaited big-screen debut. Any doubts about both Wonder Woman as a standalone character or Gadot’s performance disappeared almost immediately, making Wonder Woman’s solo film probably the most anticipated superhero film of 2017. (more…)