Steve Trevor: [to Diana] I can save today. You can save the world.
Apparently, Wonder Woman is also set to save the entire DC extended universe. From the moment Diana Prince left the plane to help our two biggest superheroes fight Doomsday, we saw how incredibly electrifying her character is!
Flash-forward to 2017, we all got to see the long-awaited film version of Wonder Woman. Based on reviews and social media feeds, the reception towards Princess Diana of Themyscira is very positive: 92% Rotten Tomatoes | 4/5 The Guardian | 3/4 Roger Ebert.
So what made Wonder Woman a box office success? Well, here are my thoughts!
Directed by Patty Jenkins
Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers… and her true destiny.
“I used to want to save the world, this beautiful place. But the closer you get, the more you see the great darkness within. I learned this the hard way, a long, long time ago.”
All About Eve
The main reason why Wonder Woman is a hit is it touched a topic that’s so beautiful and rarely (but lately) seen on screen – women empowerment. It’s not only refreshing but also inspiring especially with a team so lovely and strong. There’s Patty Jenkins the director, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and the Amazons – Antiope, Hippolyta and the rest of the female warriors.
Do you remember the Themyscira battle scene? It was ambitious but incredible especially the cliff scene where the Amazons performed some awesome athleticism. And though it’s all about Eve, the script was also well put together giving the male characters – Steve Trevor, Sameer, Charlie, and The Chief – a moment they deserve.
During the film’s Hollywood premier Chris Pine said, “We’ve seen stories told through the male prism a lot. Men are not all that smart. We tend to want to kill each other all the time, so it’s nice to finally have a fresh, female perspective with important themes. To have a female superhero story that is about love and compassion and nurturing of life than the opposite is very important. At the heart of the movie, it’s about people falling in love and being passionate and being heroic. It’s a great lesson for everyone to learn instead of other movies where shit is blowing up all the time.”
After the release of Wonder Woman, we saw articles and videos on social media about Gal Gadot’s transformation and all the hard work she did. With that knowledge, many women were able to relate and aspire to be like her.
That’s not all. Gal Gadot has this irresistible charm that makes us love her even more. Now that is a great role model! She’s definitely someone a parent would want her kid to look up too. All thanks to Zack Snyder who did great in casting Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.
Women empowerment plus finding the perfect Wonder Woman are the two main reasons why the film is a box office success. The film was able to give us something different and at the same time beautiful. I just hope DC remember that value is essential.
Moreover, let us not forget that there are other women who deserve a spot at the limelight like Xena: Warrior Princess and Darna. They’re as bad ass and as strong as Wonder Woman, too!
If you haven’t seen Wonder Woman, don’t miss out! It’s truly worth watching on the big screen.