Warner Bros. unveiled a bunch of announcements at their shareholders meeting today, including a full slate of new superhero films, but I only heard one thing: WONDER WOMAN MOVIE. It’s happening. It’s scheduled. June 23, 2017. All we know about the people involved is that Gal Gadot is starring as Wonder Woman, but it’s definitely going to happen. A live action Wonder Woman is going to be on the big screen for the first time ever.
Other characters are coming too. Aquaman, the Flash, Cyborg, a rebooted Green Lantern. But who gives a hoot about those guys?
While we don’t have much in the way of plot details, we’ve heard some things about Wonder Woman’s origin. It seems that they’re going with the New 52 version, where Diana is the daughter of Zeus and Hippolyta, rather than the classic baby molded out of clay and given life by a goddess route. That’s a bit disappointing for me, because the New 52 origin strips away a lot of the feminist power that should be at the core of the character. With the classic origin, Diana is wholly the creation of other women, and her powers come from growing up in an Amazon utopia and, later on, are also gifts from goddesses. With the New 52 origin, a man is rather involved in her creation and all of her powers come from his divine attributes. I don’t love that.
However, a good movie with an awesome, kick ass Wonder Woman can make up for a wonky origin story. Will Wonder Woman be a good movie? It’s hard to say at this point, because we don’t know whose involved. Man of Steel was the worst, so that’s not the best sign, but with Zack Snyder busy with Batman v Superman and Justice League, perhaps we’ll get a new writer and director who will have a different, less dour approach to superheroics.
Speaking of Justice League, Wonder Woman’s probably going to be in that as well, and it’s also coming out in 2017. After decades without any movie play whatsoever, Wonder Woman is set to headline two of the biggest films of 2017. That’s very, very cool.
I’m looking forward to hearing more details about the film. Hopefully we’ll get an announcement about who is going to be behind the camera soon. And about the rest of the cast. And villains! There’s so much to sort out. Wonder Woman in a group movie is fun, but Wonder Woman on her own and creating a world around her is so much more exciting. Here’s a free hint, Warner Bros.: Hire Cliff Chiang to design stuff for you. The man is amazing. Feel free to call me as well; I’ve got some thoughts!
So Wonder Woman is going to headline her own movie! And in less than three years. For once, DC is ahead of Marvel. They should have announced a Black Widow or Captain Marvel film ages ago, but now they’ve been beaten to the punch. It’s sort of fitting that Wonder Woman is the first big female-led superhero movie, though. She’s been around the longest. So HOORAY Warner Bros.! You finally did it! Now, for the love of god, please don’t screw it up.