I am that girl that hates remakes, reboots, and too many sequels. I’m also the hypocritical gal who will still go watch beloved characters anyway, but with lowered expectations.
I was excited for this movie when I heard that it would be introducing Wonder Woman. She is hands-down my favorite superhero/comic book character. When I was just a toddler, I was spinning around in a cape so that I could turn into her. It was an obsession that stuck with me. As I look back, I realize that she was my first crush. I’m not sure what it says about me as a person. Perhaps that I’m awesome? I even dressed as Wonder Woman at my comic book themed wedding.
As you can see, I am quite invested in this character. It was like Nerd Christmas when I found out she’d FINALLY be appearing in a movie. It’s a moment that myself and a monstrous chorus of nerds everywhere have been waiting for. And then when they released pics of Gal Gadot in costume, I almost cried from disappointment. I just couldn’t agree with the casting. She wasn’t nearly as curvy and lovely as my beloved Lynda Carter. And I hated the costume. It just doesn’t look exciting to me. It’s just “there”. I understand that a more modernized look is in order, but I feel that they could have done better.
All in all, I stopped looking forward to seeing the movie. I knew that my husband and I would indeed go see it at the theater. He’s as much or more of a comic book nerd than I am. But I just hated it before stepping foot in the theater. And here’s what happened when I did…
Right off the bat (see what I did there?), I’m irked that we’re rehashing Batman’s origin story. I think to myself, “Good Lord, how many times have we had to sit through this?” It’s beautifully shot, however, so there’s that. And I basically start writing a bad review blog in my head at this point. For the first half of the movie (or more), we’re skipping back and forth between what’s going on with Batman and what’s going on with Superman. It’s like two different movies. The Batman side of the story seems to be a melancholy horror film that I’d be reluctant to take small children to see. The Superman side is more like an action/drama. And unlike Marvel, there’s little to no comic relief throughout the film. I guess the closest thing we got is the quips of Diana Prince when she appears or perhaps the Neil Degrasse Tyson cameo?
But there’s a turning point. When Wonder Woman first appeared on screen in costume, the audience visibly and audibly got excited. And their excitement was infectious. I was excited that they were excited. That’s when it dawned on me. THIS is why we’re rehashing Batman’s story. It’s not for me, it’s for the next generation of fans. And from there, the positive thoughts spread like wildfire. THIS is why we have to get updated characters and costumes. It has nothing to do with me and the other die-hard fans like me. Sure, Hollywood hopes they will please us too, but they have to create more audience to keep these characters alive. Don’t get me wrong, I know it’s all about the bottom line for them, but they ARE running a business. I may not always respect that, but I “get” it.
WONDER WOMAN: I always felt that the charm of classic Wonder Woman was not just the sex appeal and badassery but the naive and optimistic nature of her character. This is not that character. And I don’t love it. But I respect those changes because I know that the WW that I know and love just doesn’t fit with modern times. And if you can bring in those younger fans, PLEASE DO SO. Girls are frothing at the mouth for a good female superhero for role model purposes. Just look at the controversy over the lack of Black Widow merchandise and you’ll know that this is something that is a long time coming. And Wonder Woman is the best choice for the job because she is the most popular, long enduring of all female superheroes. I also think that the boys of the world need to be shown that women can have value. Wonder Woman holds her own with the big boys. This is an important message for the youth of today.
BATFLECK: Oh here goes, I don’t think he’s terrible. You have to remember that he can only work so much with what he’s given. He’s not my favorite Batman. He’s not even in the top 3, but he’s not the worst. I really hate the suit he’s wearing for the Supes fight. It’s bulky and ugly. I get that he needed more protection, but UGH. It’s unsightly. Plus, could someone explain to me why Alfred looks the same age as Bruce?
SUPERMAN: I really feel bad for Henry Cavill. I feel like they gave him a steaming pile to read from. He seems very grumpy/angsty in this film. I don’t think he’s a terrible actor. I just think that whoever wrote this version of Supes, doesn’t know much about him. I thought Man of Steele was an okay movie, but like with WW, I just don’t see much of the original character there. I suppose if I’m going to support an evolve of WW, I should get on board with this too but I’m still torn here. I guess in my heart of hearts even though I understand that the change is needed, but it’s still hard to let go of “my” versions of the characters.
I feel that the film as a whole is a “slow burn” type of film like Watchmen was. If you only want nonstop action in your superhero movie, this is not the movie for you. SO, in summary, You don’t have to love this incarnation. You just have to understand where it’s going and hold on for the ride.
It’s about respect.
And about hoping this thing doesn’t sink like the Titanic so we get that full length Wonder Woman movie I’ve always dreamed of.