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Wonder Woman sets the standard

Wonder Woman sets the standard
Wonder Woman
July 06
22:37 2017

Finally a female-centre superhero movie that wins over everyone. And it’s about time.

‘Wonder Woman’ based on the DC comic book superhero, is the fourth movie in the DC Extended Universe, beginning with ‘Man of Steel’, and followed by ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ and ‘Suicide Squad’.

But unlike those other films, ‘Wonder Woman’ has managed to completely win over critics and audiences alike with its great story, great direction, magnificent action and fabulous performances.

Female-centred superhero movies haven’t always had a great track record, especially with films like ‘Supergirl’, ‘Catwoman,’ and ‘Elektra’ not doing so well.

While the characters themselves are strong, independent and powerful, Hollywood hasn’t always treated them with the respect and proper development they deserve.

But when movie director Patty Jenkins signed on to direct a movie about one of the first major comic book female superbeings, she made sure to make Wonder Woman the grand epic adventure it was always meant to be.

Set in the early 1900s during the First World War, the story centres on Diana (played by model-turned-actress Gal Gadot), a princess from a magical island of near-immortal amazons, blessed by the ancient Greek gods.

When WWI spy Steve Trevor (played by Chris Pine) crashes on the island and is rescued by Diana, he inadvertently brings the war to their shores.

This leads our heroine to take Trevor back to the rest of the world in an effort to help end the Great War and bring peace to the world as she makes her appearance as Wonder Woman.

Armed with superhuman strength, indestructible combat bracelets, a magical lasso and an ancient, but near-invincible sword and shield, the movie faithfully proves why this character has been a favourite among superheroes since she first appeared in All Star Comics #8 in October 1941.

Ms Gadot first appeared in the iconic role last year in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’. But it is here in her solo, which depicts her origin story that Ms Gadot really shines.

The movie displays a more hopeful and uplifting story on the backdrop of WWI.

Much like the comics, Wonder Woman’s character is strong, passionate and defiant against gender prejudice, while still maintaining a kind, compassionate and inspiring demeanour.

The film’s cast also includes Danny Huston, playing the story’s villain General Erich Ludendorff (a real life figure in WWI Germany), Connie Nielsen as the Amazon queen Hippolyta, Robin Wright as Amazon general Antiope with Lucy Davis as Etta Candy and David Thewlis as Sir Patrick Morgan.

Ms Gadot is set to reprise her role as Wonder Woman in the movie ‘Justice League’ which is set to be released in November this year.

Wonder Woman is currently playing in cinemas around the country.

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