Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Wonder Woman (2017) Trailer Reaction

I’d love to know what galaxy you’ve been living on, if you didn’t know Wonder Woman is getting her own movie. WONDER WOMAN HAS HER OWN MOVIE.

This summer, director Patty Jenkins will bring Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) to the big screen. The long-awaited adventure centers on the Amazon princess' origins while growing up and training on the island of Themyscira. When she learns about the events of World War I from an American military pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) who's washed ashore, she leaves home to stop the war.

Previously released trailers over the past year have been nothing short of exciting as they’ve hinted at Wonder Woman flying solo. This latest one finally deserves a proper trailer reaction ‘cause I can’t contain my thoughts. Can you? Let’s check it out! What do you think – feel free to share in the comments!

To be honest, chills run up my arms watching this. While the animated and original tv series are fun and enjoyable, like so many I’ve wanted Wonder Woman to have her own installment since I was a teenager. This one just makes my inner eight-year old's heart explode with joy and empowerment.

The first thing that sticks out to my mind about the trailer is how similar it is to other movies introducing or reviving male superheroes, yet it completely stands on its own.

As the story goes like, Diana is not like other warriors even on Themyscira. There is something special about her, and it's not just because she is the daughter of Zeus. She's powered with a physical prowess and determination that's equaled to her kindness, intelligence, and compassion. Raised by powerful goddesses, they're training her to become an unconquerable warrior. When her undetermined strengths are unlocked and are in great need, she leaves everything behind to rise to the occasion.

I am Diana of Themyscira, daughter of Hippolyta. In the name of all that is good,your wrath upon this world is over.

The trailer doesn't just ignite excitement for me over a woman leading the way, but a group of women empowering each other. One of my favorite lines from one of the earlier trailers, delivered by Connie Nielsen as Diana's mother Queen Hippolyta, is “You’ve been my greatest love”. Though it’s been confirmed in canon by the current comic runner that Wonder Woman is bisexual, and her primary romantic ties in this movie will be with Trevor, her upbringing her mother, aunts, and other Amazonians is an essential part of her since she is going to be dropped her into a man’s world. The idea that the story spends time exploring her training as well as platonic relationships by female leaders, and the contrast of gender roles in ‘our world’ is exciting.

This is going to be a story we’ve seen so many times with male protagonists, except transformed with a fair heroine out for justice by kicking-ass to defend Earth. CAN WE GET A HELL YEAH?!

While Lynda Carter will also hold a place in my kitschy heart for starting Wonder Woman down her long road of adaptations, Gal Gadot is absolutely stunning. We got a taste of this character in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice as a more mature woman, where she absolutely stole the show. Here, this is all about her coming-of-age, so we’ll be able to see how Prince grows up into the steadfast fighter we know her as.

Her character’s clan of women who raised her and sidekicks look compelling and mighty. The Amazonians will be played by the likes of world-famous boxer Anne Wolfe as Artemis and actress Robin Wright as General Antiope. Chris Pine may be known as the smooth, rogue Captain Kirk on Star Trek, and here he looks charming as ever, while his assistant Etta Candy played by Lucy Davis is sassy and gives him a run for his money. In the few scenes they've had, Gadot, Pine, and Davis share a comical chemistry. Prince stepping into their world makes her a fish out of water in terms of society’s expectations, and it’ll be fun to see her challenge that.

As a director, producer or writer Zack Snyder has delivered loved and DCEU’s movies in equal measure, it is absolutely refreshing that a female director is behind the camera this time. Not just any female director, but one that has wanted to make this story happen for most of her life. Since 2004, Patty Jenkins has been championing to Warner Bros. and knows the heroine’s story forward and backward. I can’t help but feel hopeful that her determination and vision will serve the story.

Jenkins described her goals to make a classic film, a mix of Superman, Casablanca and Indiana Jones. The trailer certainly shows off those ambitions from the production design and hopefully the whole movie. The exotic world of Themyscira and 1920s London is rich and vibrant, and the cross between them feels like an epic adventure. One looks like paradise while the other is embroiled in man-made wars. Prince's quest is so revved up by the story and visuals, and the music hitting when she crosses the battlefield, it's hard not to feel excited. This trailer, in particular, clears up what the others hinted at of delving into her backstory, and still has, contains mystery, humor, romance, and adventure. The closing shot of Wonder Woman using her bracelets as her theme hits gives me vibes of 'where has this been my whole life'.

Wonder Woman is one of the most anticipated movies of the year, but her debut won’t be without some challenges.

Considering the anticipation for this, rolling in the dough might not be a big issue for Wonder Woman compared to what critics and fans have to say. As a whole, Hollywood hasn't favored female-centered superhero flicks since the box office fails of Catwoman and Elektra nearly ten years ago. Even with the popularity of Marvel’s Black Widow and or Star Wars Rey, they’ve been overlooked. The DCEU hasn’t had the best of luck with Suicide Squad and Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. But they have attempted to correct other franchises’ mistakes with female characters, especially merchandise, so the lack of equality might be conquered this time around.

For fans and movie-goers of all ages, this movie is something so many are looking forward to. This installment is important in changing DCEU’s string of lack-lusters, and if the lassoer of truth succeeds, she could set precedence for more female-centered spin-offs too. If there’s anything fans know for sure, it’s to never underestimate Wonder Woman! LET'S DO THIS.

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