Female oriented superhero movies — while nothing new — have yet to truly capture the spirit of the genre and do something unique with it. After unequivocal failures such as Catwoman and Elektra, women took a backseat in superhero movies as love interests and supporting characters to aggressive male heroes. It’s a shame when one considers how densely populated comic book lore is with truly compelling female characters. If one character seeks to break this trend, it’s Diana Prince AKA Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot).
Wonder Woman has experienced varying degrees of small screen success over the years, but her upcoming solo adventure seemingly looks to break new ground. The 2017 Wonder Woman film — coupled with the character’s introduction in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice — will provide audiences with something they haven’t really seen before in this crowded genre. According to Steve Trevor himself (Chris Pine) the secret to Wonder Woman lies in her compassionate, feminine qualities.
During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Pine opened up regarding his role as Steve Trevor as well as the importance of a female-fronted superhero movie amid a sea of male contemporaries:
“…With men at the helm it’s always a revenge cycle thing – we’re gonna go get the bad guys and the bad guys are defeated… What I think is really lovely having a woman at the helm of something like this is there’s a great deal more compassion and love at the center of the story, which for something as big a film as this is going be, it’s wonderful the little bit we can do to hopefully inch this universe towards something less aggressive.”
So Wonder Woman’s power comes not from her immense physical strength or durability, but from her compassion. She’s a woman who chooses to carry the weight of the world upon her shoulders even when the other Amazonian women of Themyscira have deemed humans unworthy of their support and protection. Compared to a character such as Ben Affleck’s Batman — who is fueled by pure rage against Superman (Henry Cavill) — Wonder Woman will seemingly find herself driven by a desire to preserve life and peace at all costs.
This quality has been touted by those associated with the production of Wonder Woman for some time. Only last week — during the Dawn of the Justice League special on The CW — Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins explained that while Diana Prince is an amazing warrior and skilled fighter, she also has an immense capacity for love that elevates her above other superheroes. Her inclusion in the DC Trinity seems to round out the emotional spectrum of these characters — hope, rage, and now love.
However, Pine doesn’t go very much into detail regarding how the film will actually highlight these qualities of the character in the middle of WWI. In many ways she’s the analogue of Marvel’s Thor, a character known for his warlike and belligerent tendencies. If the film manages to pull this balance off then 2017 could see one of the most unique superhero movies in the history of the genre.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25, 2016, which is followed by Suicide Squad on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 23, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and then Green Lantern Corps. on June 19, 2020.
Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live!
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