I think it’s time for Wonder Woman to get the blockbuster treatment.

Wonderwoman

One major complaint in the super hero saturated movie market is the lack of female protagonists. Sure, we’ve got Pepper Potts, in Iron Man, Black Widow in The Avengers, and Catwoman in the latest Batman movie; but it’s blatantly obvious that women, for the most part, take a back seat to their male counterparts in the majority of comic book adaptations. This truth makes the glaringly obvious omission of a blockbuster scale Wonder Woman movie that much more conspicuous. It’s a risky step, for sure. I mean, as far as comic book movies go, there are the tent-pole figures that sell the most tickets. Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Wolverine etc. etc. X-Men may be the biggest “equal opportunity” franchise for women in the  superhero business to date, but after watching 2009’s animated Wonder Woman, I can’t help but feel like studios and audiences are missing out on something pretty big.

    To be honest, Wonder Woman wasn’t particularly on my “to watch” radar until Ryan Partlow recommended it. It was available for free streaming on my Amazon Prime account, so I bit. Wonder Woman is, unsurprisingly, an origins tale. Which was good, because I knew very little about her. The Amazonians, after a pretty sweet battle with Aries, are granted an island where they can be safe from the depravity of man. Centuries later, a fighter pilot crash lands in their midst and, long story short, Diana (voiced by Keri Russell), the princess of Themyscira Island is chosen to escort him back to his homeland. About the same time, Aries escapes from his prison and begins wreaking havoc on earth as he attempts to gain power in order to take over Mount Olympus. What begins as a simple escort mission, quickly becomes a bid to save humanity. But they never explained her invisible jet. Not even a little.

    With a short 74 minute run-time, Wonder Woman uses the time to efficiently tell a compelling origin story and discuss themes largely overlooked by the genre. The tone of the movie is largely focused on the role of women in society, taking shots at the chauvinistic “nature of man”. It’s a discussion that is surprisingly balanced with the use of  Dianna’s male counterpart, modern day fighter pilot  Steve Trevor (Nathan Fillion). Steve Trevor serves as a vessel to showcase the best and worst of what mankind as a societal whole has to offer. What makes the Amazonian women weak is the very thing that sets them apart from humanity, their solitude from the outside world. Diana serves as a bridge between the two worlds, protecting both from stronger forces.

    The film itself looks like a weekly Saturday morning cartoon. That being said, it’s quite a bit more violent than what you’ll catch on the Cartoon Network on the weekends. The action sequences are intense, but not overshadowing to the overall plot. The story is concise and simple, but feels very fresh coming from an entirely new perspective. The voice casting was dead on, Fillion in particular is proving quite proficient in this type of role. Wonder Woman is absolute proof that you can make a superhero film with a strong female lead and have it be successful.

3 comments on “I think it’s time for Wonder Woman to get the blockbuster treatment.

  1. Ryan Partlow says:

    They do don’t explain the jet in the movie, but they explain it in the DVD extra’s if I remember correctly. They repaired Trevor’s jet and made it better, but I think the scene got cut. Though since you streamed it there is no way you would have known that, and it does seem odd that they couldn’t have thrown in a random one line like “thanks for fixing my jet” or something. That is a problem with animation though, they sometimes do the audio way in advance, so it can make last minute changes difficult.

    Interesting that we talk about the same topic today, but on my site I use Captain Marvel as the example. Wonder Woman would make the best movie, but Marvel would be fun too.

    • of course it would be a DVD extra! Yeah, as soon as it dropped out of the sky and they hopped in it to head to the mainland I laughed. I know wonder woman HAS an invisible jet but couldn’t figure out for the life of me how it fit into the continuity of the Amazons. I don’t know much about Captain Marvel, but I’d be down for a change of pace.

      • Ryan Partlow says:

        The jet has always been a bit weird. She can fly, so she doesn’t need it. She kind of just uses it when she needs to travel with other people, and they do use it in the movie in a way that kind of makes sense, but really it is something that they should just give to the JLA and phase out of her specific lore.

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