That it’s taken more than three quarters of a century for the comic book world’s most famous female star to get her own standalone movie may be a sad indictment of the male-dominated film industry, but she is set to make her eventual debut with a serious bang.
The word out of Hollywood is that Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot (the only good thing in DC’s otherwise turgid boy-fest Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice), is properly good. Action-packed, witty, amazing to look at and co-starring Chris Pine as its effective damsel in distress, early reviews say Gadot and her director, Patty Jenkins, have pulled off an A-grade blockbuster. The only question is: are people going to go and see it?
“Well, we hope so,” laughs Jenkins. “That’s the plan!” The director is most famous for her debut, Monster, which earned its star, Charlize Theron, an Oscar, but she’s also behind standout episodes of everything from Arrested Development to Entourage to The Killing. For this project she may have had to adopt much of the aesthetic already established in the DC universe, but she’s also injected it with two elements it has so far sorely lacked: brains and fun. As a result, so confident are studio Warners about how audiences will react to the first proper female superhero that they’ve just greenlit the next one, Batgirl, to be directed by The Avengers’ Joss Whedon.
That audience, though, is crucial, especially given how badly the female-led remake of Ghostbusters fared at last year’s box office, having been ravaged by misogynist internet morons. The bottom line? Go see Wonder Woman. If you’ve got daughters, they just got a superhero to identify with. If you’ve got sons, they’re about to discover that girls can more than hold their own. And you’ll have a blast while you’re at it.
Wonder Woman is out June 1.