Initial ‘Wonder Woman’ reviews: It’s the superhero movie we’ve all been waiting for
Some are saying 'Wonder Woman' is DC Comics' best film yet.
They've been sworn to secrecy about the plot and are forbidden from revealing spoilers, but a few lucky members of the media got an early screening of the new "Wonder Woman" movie on Thursday.
And, suffice it to say, they were blown away.
Loved WONDER WOMAN. She reminds me of Christopher Reeve's Superman: true north superhero w/ no angst or cynicism, which is needed right now.— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) May 19, 2017
The movie, which is the first-ever film solely devoted to Wonder Woman and her alter ego, Diana Prince, hits theaters on June 2. But between the many dynamic trailers, the gushing tweets and the bursting-at-the-seams fan pages, it's clear that the hysteria over Wonder Woman's first solo movie has only begun.
Much of the acclaim is centered on Gal Gadot, the Israeli actress who gave us a glimpse of her masterful character in last year's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." Gadot is being hailed as a breakout star of the summer movie season, with outlets from The New York Times to Entertainment Weekly praising her performance and agreeing that she was the best choice for the role.
For her part, Gadot says she hopes her portrayal of the character is more than just another superhero movie, but also a significant step forward in feminism. The film is, after all, directed by Patty Jenkins, marking the first time a woman has been tapped to direct a major superhero movie.
"Feminism is about equality and choice and freedom," Gadot told The New York Times. "And the writers, Patty and myself all figured that the best way to show that is to show Diana as having no awareness of social roles. She has no gender boundaries. To her, everyone is equal.”
And as anticipation for the film's release builds, so do the amusing anecdotes. In a recent installment of The Times' Metropolitan Diary, a reader recounted overhearing a conversation between two movie-goers of a certain age.
"... one woman, tiny and frail with a voice to match, said to the woman next to her, 'I hope I live until summer.' She clearly enunciated each word and then sighed deeply.
The second woman paused before gently replying.
'Why?' she asked. 'Because your granddaughter is getting married?'
'No!' the first woman said. 'Because I want to see the Wonder Woman movie.'"
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