5 reasons to fall in love with "Wonder Woman"
Writer: Casey Chong
Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) gets ready for action in "Wonder Woman".
After more than what seemed to be an eternal wait since her first comic-book introduction in "All Star Comics #8" back in 1941, we are finally treated with the first-ever big screen adaptation of "Wonder Woman"!
1. Gal Gadot
Ahead of the highly-anticipated release, here are the 5 reasons why you should fall in love with the upcoming superhero film.
When Gal Gadot was first cast as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" (2016), there were plenty of naysayers out there criticising her for "being too skinny", "not muscular enough" or " her breasts are too small" to portray the famous Amazonian warrior. But the 32-year-old actress, best known for her role as Gisele Yashar in "The Fast And The Furious" franchise, turned out to be a surprising scene-stealer after all in "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice". Thanks to her memorable cameo appearance, Gal Gadot quickly became an overnight sensation and it prompted her upcoming solo DC movie, "Wonder Woman", as one of the highly-anticipated summer blockbusters of 2017.
2. This is the first live-action "Wonder Woman" movie
Despite Wonder Woman's enormous popularity in the comic-book industry and general pop culture for more than 70 years, her appearance was surprisingly limited to a 1975-79 television series starring Lynda Carter, as well as various animated TV series and animated movies. The closest thing we ever got to a "live-action movie" was the 1974 TV movie starring Cathy Lee Crosby as the title character. So, believe it or not, the upcoming "Wonder Woman" feature will make cinematic history as the first live-action movie to feature the most famous and iconic female superhero of all-time. Besides, it's not every day that we get to watch a female superhero character lead a big-budget blockbuster other than relegating to a supporting or cameo appearance.
3. The period setting
"Wonder Woman" is set during WWI.
For a DCEU (DC Extended Universe) movie, the WWI setting is a refreshing change of pace from the rest of the modern-day time period setting previously seen in "Man Of Steel", "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" and "Suicide Squad". Besides, it would be great if "Wonder Woman" can capture the look and feel of a good old-fashioned action adventure.
4. Patty Jenkins
Director Patty Jenkins (right) and Gal Gadot on the set of "Wonder Woman".
Prior to her first big-budget project in "Wonder Woman", Patty Jenkins is relatively unknown in mainstream Hollywood. Her biggest break came from an acclaimed indie drama titled "Monster" in 2003. The movie, which tells the story of a real-life prostitute-turned-serial killer Aileen Wuornos, famously won Charlize Theron an Oscar for Best Actress. Her other credits include directing acclaimed TV series like "Entourage" and "The Killing". However, Jenkins was supposed to land her first big-studio stint via "Thor: The Dark World" but sadly left due to creative differences. With "Wonder Woman", it would be interesting to see Jenkins being the first female director to helm a big-budget superhero blockbuster with a female lead.
5. Chris Pine
Chris Pine as Steve Trevor in "Wonder Woman".
Although the marketing team from Warner Bros. is wise enough to promote heavily on Gal Gadot as the title character in "Wonder Woman", let's not forget this one significant supporting actor, Chris Pine. Judging from the trailers and various movie clips so far, Chris Pine seems like a perfect foil as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman's love interest, Steve Trevor. Pine, of course, is no stranger to big-budget Hollywood blockbusters, given his extensive experiences in the three recent "Star Trek" movies.
Cinema Online, 29 May 2017