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Author of Science-Fiction and Fantasy novels! Oh, and some fanfiction from time to time.

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My Thoughts on Wonder Woman · 10:12pm Jun 10th, 2017

So, as usual, I'm not going to really give much away. Actually, I'll give away as little as possible, because my recommendation with Wonder Woman is that you should definitely go see it if you're a fan of comic-book films.

Seriously. Wonder Woman is a good DC movie. And good movie in general. Really good.

How good? This film is up to Marvel standards. That good.

Am I going to spoil it for you? No. You will see some fantastic acting by Gal Gadot and Chris Pine both. You will see some excellent scenes of camaraderie between the cast, some great scenery shots, and some awesome realism.

Yes, realism. In a comic book movie. One of the things I did enjoy about this movie was that people and clothes got torn up and dirtied up ... unlike a lot of films where characters just somehow stay looking perfect through the whole thing.

The fight scenes are also quite good. They could have been better, actually, and this is one of my criticisms. One of the early trailers actually showed a single-shot fight scene that, for whatever reason, was cut into a number of cuts in the final movie, which took away from it.

But even with those minor criticisms, the movie was just great. Good characters, awesome action, nice story ... Like I said, it felt like a Marvel movie.

Do yourself a favor and just go see it. It's great.

Oh, and as a side note: If Colony ever becomes a film or a show, Anna versus anyone else would end up looking a bit like Wonder Woman versus regular folks in this film. A dangerous, very capable Amazon.

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I just got back from watching the movie myself, and I got to say, it's nice to finally see DC getting one right. How curious that it would be Wonder Woman, of all the possible choices. Where was Patty Jenkins when they were making Suicide Squad or the Superman movies?

Honestly, I'm glad that it's Wonder Woman that got it right out of all of them. We've had good Superman films, and good Batman films, but Wonder Woman has never really been given anything film-wise at all (I think there was a made-for-tv movie once in the 70s), so having DC's first hit be such a good movie for a character that's never gotten her dues, well ... that made me very happy. She got an awesome outing that stands really solid, and given its contemporaries from the same company, head and shoulders above them.

Personally, I'm still not convinced that any of the other DC movies are going to be any good. I wouldn't be at all surprised if this was the rare case of everything coming together right, but DC being unable to repeat the same thing twice. It wears its influences on its sleeve, too; it was very easy to draw many comparisons between Wonder Woman and Captain America: The First Avenger ... not that this is a bad thing. It very much felt like a case of the team learning from Marvel's example rather than trying so hard to stand themselves apart from it (which has plagued their other films). Snyder's touch seemed a be a lot lighter over this one too, and though I won't speculate at reasons why, it did make the movie that much better, because Snyder sucks at making good superhero movies (which makes sense, as he's on the record saying he hates superhero movies and thinks that they're stupid, which makes DC's insistence that he was in charge of their whole universe all the more perplexing).

As someone who has always been a much bigger fan of Marvel than DC, I also thought that Wonder Woman was great.

It was, perhaps, a bit too similar to Captain America, but Captain America was also a great movie, so I'm not too bothered by it. As long as we don't have any more movies about how a superhero won a World War, it'll be fine.

My biggest complaint was that I thought they spent too long on the fish out of water/never seen a guy before jokes. I didn't think they were particularly interesting or creative or funny, and they started to drag on for me.
And I really couldn't take Ares seriously, especially with that mustache.

So on the whole, it wasn't perfect, but I agree that it is on par with Marvel's movies. Definitely the best DC movie I've seen since Batman & Robin. :raritywink:

I've not seen the movie, but I'm kind of afraid to at this point. Not because of any reservations about quality (everyone says it's great) but because I'm afraid that this movie's "faceless mooks to be slaughtered indiscriminately" are German/Central soldiers. Which is like, come on, they're just some fuckin' guy. Why does America always get the super heroes*? So not fair.

*something something Seven-Point Star

I enjoyed Superman Vs Batman and Suicide Squad. I know they're not super amazing but for what they were they were enjoyable movies. I do believe Wonder woman is the better of the three.


Huh, I hadn't been paying attention to that one based on the flops of the other recent DC movies, but I'll take your word on it and go see it when I get the time.

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