Especially in recent years, the cinematic adaptations of Marvel Comics have been far more praised than their counterpart, DC Comics. It seems, however, that this trend could soon change thanks to Gal Gadot's portrayal of Diana Prince in the upcoming Wonder Woman.
DC Comics-based films were at their height with Christopher Nolan's take on the Batman in The Dark Knight trilogy, but have since lost their critical credibility with Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman and the recent critical failure of Suicide Squad.
However, the next film in line, Wonder Woman, might redeem the previous missteps and even get you hyped for Justice League. Expected in less than two weeks, the Amazonian warrior's first big screen adaption is already gathering reviews and they are surprisingly positive.
Set during WWI, Wonder Woman explores Diana Prince's origin story. The film stars Gal Gadot (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) as titular hero and Chris Pine (Star Trek) as Steve Trevor, along with the likes of Robin Wright (House of Cards), Connie Nielsen (Gladiator), Danny Huston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), and David Thewlis (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban).
#WonderWoman is the best DCEU film so far. The heart of Gal Gadot's Diana powers it, and the shift from mythic into WWI story really works.— (((Eric Eisenberg))) (@eeisenberg) May 19, 2017
WONDER WOMAN: Easily my favorite DCEU film. Has the humor and heart the franchise so desperately needs. Gadot and Pine are charming as hell.— Kate Erbland (@katerbland) May 19, 2017
Wonder Woman is the DC movie I've been waiting for. It's exciting, inspiring, funny, and has some truly awe-inspiring action scenes.— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) May 19, 2017
Very pleased to report that #WonderWoman is the best DC movie since THE DARK KNIGHT. I'm already looking forward to seeing it again.— Silas Lesnick (@silaslesnick) May 19, 2017
Reassured by the film and even calling it the best DC Comics film since The Dark Knight, some critics also praised director Patty Jenkins for her accomplishment as they share their enthusiasm for the future of the franchise.
Embargo lifted, so I can say unequivocally that Patty Jenkins delivered a true Wonder Woman story, in more ways than I honestly hoped.— Andrew Dyce™ (@andrewbdyce) May 19, 2017
1. Hokay, here we go. #WonderWoman social media embargo just lifted. My thoughts: DC is absolutely on the right track here.— Alisha Grauso (@AlishaGrauso) May 19, 2017
2. Gal Godot is absolutely phenomenal as #WonderWoman. She KILLS it, just surprisingly good. A truly heroic light DCEU desperately needs.— Alisha Grauso (@AlishaGrauso) May 19, 2017
3. Rough parts? Sure. But guys, guys, YOU GUYS! You'll truly LAUGH. And you'll walk out, for once, feeling downright inspired by a DC movie.— Alisha Grauso (@AlishaGrauso) May 19, 2017
Of course, the full reviews are still not in so this wave of excitement could only be momentary but it's looking rather good for the latest addition to the DC Comics cinematic universe. It is reassuring to see that critics who went in expecting another disaster were at least met with a lot of relief.
Wonder Woman hits U.S. cinemas on June 2, 2017.