Online conversations surrounding Warner Bros. DC Cinematic Universe have an established history of being polarizing, but early reactions to a press screening for Wonder Woman seem to be turning the page, with most early reactions on Twitter broadcasting positive reactions. While nobody is allowed to divulge specifics about the movie or publish a definitive thumbs up or thumbs down reaction, that hasn’t stopped those in attendance from verifying they have in fact seen the movie, and they were really happy with at least a portion of what they saw.
Early buzz can be hard to gauge. After all, Batman v Superman saw a similarly positive early reaction only to be thrashed by many critics, many of whom still use it as a whipping post over a year later. Despite all that, many people say Wonder Woman needs to bear responsibility for setting the DCEU off down a path of better critical reception , so with those expectations in mind, the early reactions definitely provide an enlightening – and encouraging – context to discussions surrounding this movie.
The spoiler free tweets express a general enthusiasm, with a few specifically heaping praise on Patty Jenkins’ skill as a director as well as Gal Gadot’s portrayal of the Amazon her. Here are a few of the things people had to say:
“@AndrewKruzel @PattyJenks I can’t get into specifics but @GalGadot gives a beautiful, nuanced, powerful performance, @PattyJenks is SO GOOD with actors. #WonderWoman” –Marc Andreyko (@marcandreyko)
“Heard some Wonder Woman reactions. Can’t say anything except I can’t wait for everyone to hear them.” –Paul Shirey (@arcticninjapaul)
“I just saw Wonder Woman. Not allowed to talk about it yet… but will say Patty Jenkins is a wonderful human who is too good for this world.” –Anna Klassen (@AnnaJKlassen)
“#WonderWoman has more action than #BatmanvSuperman” –Batman-News.com (@BatmanNewsCom)
“Saw something tonight been dreaming about since I was little. “Wonder” what it was? 🤐@wonderwomanfilm #sheiswonderwoman #wonderwoman” –Tiffany Smith (@TiffanysTweets)
“@Tay_Hartman @BatmanNewsCom It was me! I’m embargoed but I suppose they started it. It really is good. Dark but funny too. Gadot is great and the Amazons are brilliant” –Andy Lea (@andyleasreviews)
“When seeing Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Justice League #1 is the second coolest part of the evening, I realize how lucky I am.” –Andrew Dyce (@andrewbdyce)
With only a few more weeks to go and marketing starting to ramp up, excitement appears to continue to climb for Wonder Woman with some projections estimating an opening weekend box office upwards of $100 million. While that number is still the lowest of the DCEU films to date, it’s also higher than any solo character debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Lower end projections are estimating as little as $65 million, which would still be on par with the first Thor and Captain America movies. Although with a budget of only $100 million, Wonder Woman will have no trouble making a profit when it’s all said and done.
No doubt early reviews will play a big factor in its opening weekend box office, as well as influencing its staying power and overall box office haul. If the early praise persists into official reviews, the DCEU could be on its way to seeing its first movie that wins with critics as well as the box office.