Thanks to record-breaking box office numbers and an enthusiastic critical response, Wonder Woman has become one of the biggest movies of the year and is unsurprisingly dominating social media conversations. The latest installment of the DC Extended Universe gave the franchise the shot in the arm it needed, exceeding expectations and serving as a beacon of hope for the future. Diana Prince has long been one of the most popular comic book characters, and this film has been an event more than 75 years in the making. Wonder Woman was definitely an anticipated film – especially after star Gal Gadot’s scene-stealing turn in 2016’s Batman V Superman.
The early part of this summer featured several high-profile tentpoles that disappointed, but Wonder Woman was quite different in that regard. In the weeks leading up to its theatrical premiere, the film was generating waves of positive buzz, and that morphed into ecstatic word-of-mouth as it opened on June 2. One week into its run, Wonder Woman will continue to rule the box office and is the most tweeted film of 2017 thus far.
This comes courtesy of Variety, which reports there were more than 2.19 million Wonder Woman tweets sent out in America during the movie’s first full week at the multiplex. That recent surge made it the most popular film on the social media platform this year, beating out Oscar winner La La Land and $1 billion smash Beauty and the Beast. Wonder Woman herself is the most tweeted-about movie character of the year, topping Batman and Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor. Gadot, director Patty Jenkins, and Pine are the three most tweeted names associated with Wonder Woman.
It isn’t necessarily a shocking development that a superhero film is the talk of the town on Twitter, but these figures show that Wonder Woman has seized control of the zeitgeist, turning into something of a phenomenon. Moviegoers were excited to see the first female-led comic book adaptation of this modern shared universe era, and once it was confirmed Wonder Woman lived up to its on-paper potential, anticipation only grew. Arguably, the film is a cultural touchstone given what it represents, and people have been celebrating its success by spreading the word and encouraging others to see it. Gadot and Jenkins have become icons for an entire generation, and many fans have shared messages about how Wonder Woman touched them on an emotional level.
Given the response, it’s clear that Warner Bros. has a surefire audience favorite in the form of Diana, and the studio is already looking ahead to the future. Soon, they will begin negotiations with Jenkins to bring her back for Wonder Woman 2, and Gadot is set to to be a key figure moving forward as one of the leads in Justice League. Warner Bros. is playing the wait and see approach before ironing out their post-Aquaman DCEU slate, but they know everyone wants to see more Wonder Woman.
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