Wonder Woman returned to the big screen, and many little ones, on Christmas Day.
After announcing that their 2021 slate of movies would have same-day release dates for theaters and its HBO Max streaming service, Warner Bros. also gave fans stuck at home during shelter-in-place orders something else to look forward to during the holiday season.
Gal Gadot reprises her role as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, an Amazonian created by Zeus to protect humanity.
Set 66 years after she fought in World War I, the sequel reintroduces us to Diana Prince who now works as a curator for the Smithsonian Museum. Prince has managed to reinvent herself and keep her superhero identity a secret throughout the decades, though it’s becoming increasingly difficult thanks to technology.
In the world of comics, Wonder Woman is no throw-away hero.
First appearing in comics in 1941, Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston, a psychologist who helped invent the polygraph. Marston believed comics had incredible potential in terms of educating children, and he wanted to create a hero with a modus operandi that set him apart from his contemporaries — a hero who would conquer with love.
It was Marston’s wife Elizabeth who said the character should be female, and Marston based Wonder Woman’s physical appearance on his student and other significant other, Olive Byrne.
The rest is history. As part of DC’s famed Trinity, Wonder Woman is on par with Superman and Batman in terms of ability, leadership, and respect. Her comic has been continuously published for more than seven decades — minus a four-month absence — and she just celebrated her 75th anniversary.
So, it’s actually a wonder that it so long for Warner Bros. and DC to bring her to the silver screen. She first appeared in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and I thought she was by far the best thing about the movie. Now, in her first solo outing, Wonder Woman gets her chance to show the cinematic world that she deserves her place amongst the World’s Finest.
Star Trek Into Darkness trailers suggested JJ Abrams’ rebooted film franchise would be filled with action (get down!), more action (get down, again!), and even more action (just stay down!).
And it delivers in that department. It doesn’t even take long for the movie to put it into high gear — the first scene charges forward with a vista-filled foot chase on a foreign planet as Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and Bones (Karl Urban) lead spear-wielding primitive lifeforms away from a planet-busting volcano.
The pair are in direct violation of the Prime Directive — the Federation’s number one rule that dictates a strict non-interference measure — and before the title gets its screen crawl, Kirk’s actions put himself in danger of losing his position as the Enterprise’s captain.