We haven’t seen a live action Wonder Woman project get released by the folks who actually own the character since the late 1970s, but that hasn’t stopped others from trying to pick up the slack. There have been a few Wonder Woman shorts over the past year or so, all of them quite enjoyable, and here’s another great one to add to the list. The short was created by Rainfall Films, directed by Sam Balcomb and starring Rileah Vanderbilt as Wonder Woman. It’s got no dialogue, and plays more like a trailer than a story, but the production values are really impressive. Let’s take a look:
There’s lots of cool stuff in that short, but I think what I loved most were the giant minotaurs that towered over Paradise Island. The fight in the streets was fun and nicely put together, but I loved the look of the minotaurs and how good the CGI was. Paradise Island in general was very well done.
Wonder Woman is capable of straddling the real and mythological worlds, which is why she’d make for such a great movie, and this short captures that cleverly. The weaving of the two scenes, tied through Wonder Woman’s movements, along with the stark colour differences between the two settings, presented both sides of the character fantastically.
The costume was cool as well, and I liked the dramatic reveal leading into the fight. Rileah Vanderbilt made a good Wonder Woman; she actually reminded me a lot of Cobie Smulders, Joss Whedon’s choice for the role when he was working on his doomed Wonder Woman project years back.
All in all, it’s a great short film and is visually quite impressive. Enjoy these few minutes of Wonder Woman kicking some ass, because it may be a long while before we ever get a sanctioned Wonder Woman project.