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WONDER WOMAN Trailer

The DC franchise is flailing under poorly received films and widely publicized production troubles, leaving the relatively smooth sailing of Wonder Woman as a beacon of hope.

Wonder Woman had better be ready to save the world, or at least the DC Extended Universe, in her first live action solo outing. The franchise is flailing under poorly received films and widely publicized production troubles, leaving the relatively smooth sailing of Wonder Woman as a beacon of hope.

It’s the one project where the universe has earned a pat on the back, beating Marvel to the feminine punch with both a female director and star. How Marvel never churned out a Black Widow movie is a mystery to me (maybe you can explain it), but their tactful pivots away from the surefire hit left the door wide open for DC. And so director Patty Jenkins is the first female to helm a live action movie with a budget over $100 million and Gal Gadot is the first female to lead a superhero film since 2005’s Elektra.

Wonder Woman Trailer

source: Warner Bros.

Both of these facts are travesties considering how many superhero movies with massive budgets get made nowadays, but the film needs to be good to have a lasting impact. Elektra bombed and it’s taken twelve years for the ladies to get another shot, so if Wonder Woman and the upcoming Captain Marvel fail to impress, expect women to fade into super supporting roles yet again.

Frankly, Wonder Woman is far from a sure bet, with the stink of DC’s struggles hanging close thanks to a writing credit for Zach Snyder. The trailer seems to be following the self-serious, muted style many people hate, but there are moments of sunshine and humor to be found. Gadot’s Wonder Woman was well received in Batman v Superman, and if Jenkins has led the film far enough away from the rest of the universe’s failings, Wonder Woman may still be able to save the day.

Wonder Woman is directed by Patty Jenkins and stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, and Robin Wright. It will be released in the U.S. and the U.K. on June 2nd, 2017. For international release dates, click here.

Do you think Wonder Woman can withstand the weight of a cinematic universe and a feminist mantle? Let us know in the comments!

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Emily is a film addict, TV aficionado, and book lover. She's currently in training to become a crazy cat lady.

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