10 Reasons To Be Optimistic About ‘Wonder Woman’

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Wonder WomanThere’s a fair amount riding on Wonder Woman, DC’s summer blockbuster, for more reasons than just being the first major female superhero movie made. It follows up two divisive entries in the universe, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. While successful, the performances of both at the box office and with critics merited re-evaluation by the filmmakers in the form of corporate restructuring and written mea culpas.

Despite these stumbles, there’s many reasons to be optimistic about Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot was well-received as Diana Prince in Batman v Superman, it’s set in the past, focusing on one character after two ensemble pictures, and both Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns add directorial and comic credibility, respectively. Plus, it’s no small thing that DC Films will beat Marvel Studios to the first female superhero movie, despite the latter having made over a dozen movies to former’s four. It’s important milestone for representation in pop culture.

Here’s 10 reasons to be optimistic about the Wonder Woman movie. Click Next to start!

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Sam Flynn

Sam Flynn

Sam is a writer and journalist whose passion for pop culture burns with the fire of a thousand suns and at least three LED lamps.

  • Fenix

    I know you need the clicks, but for the love of god just do it all on one page.

    • Kane

      Yes, this! A million times this!

  • CinemaConFan

    With all due respect, Tom’s Cruise’s The Mummy has a lot of buzz behind it! That’s going to be the biggest surprise of the summer. The trailer released in December for it is fantastic. Oh, and even if you think the buzz isn’t there yet, it will be in a huge way soon enough. Universal is going to have a big marketing campaign to ensure this is a success. Remember the last big Tom Cruise movie that didn’t have a lot of buzz it until late in the game? That was Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, which is a fantastic movie, had a great opening weekend, and a very successful global gross. The Mummy has the potential to have the biggest opening weekend of Tom Cruise’s career…as well as his biggest domestic, international, and global hit.

    I believe The Mummy is going to achieve something never before been done in cinema: Be a sprawling epic scale action adventure movie that takes places in modern day and is also terrifying. It’s going to have the adventure of the Uncharted games + have horror in a big way. Just watch the behind the scenes video that was released. This is the biggest movie Tom Cruise has ever done before!

    • SAMURAI36

      I’m not one to defend Sam’s writing, but I think the point he was trying to make, was that The Mummy doesn’t have the same level of buzz behind it, that WW has. And if that was indeed his point, then he was quite correct.

      • CinemaConFan

        I agree that Wonder Woman currently has more buzz than The Mummy…and I would expect Wonder Woman to continue to have more buzz. That said, I think both WW and The Mummy are going to make in the ballpark of $700 million to $1 billion+ in their respective worldwide gross. Included with that is my assumption both movies will be amazing…but if they’re not, that changes everything. My guess is that Wonder Woman will have a bigger domestic opening weekend than The Mummy….but The Mummy will do more international box office in its debut overseas weekend. I also expect The Mummy to have more legs domestically and internationally than WW.

        • SAMURAI36

          We’ll agree to disagree on this. While I definitely plan to see The Mummy, I’m not overly thrilled about it, the least of which anywhere near to where I am with WW. And I definitely won’t see The Mummy more than once, which I plan to do with WW (no less than 5 times in the theaters).

          Also, I’m sensing a bit of whitewashing in the film, which I’m not pleased with, but that’s another story, and not one that I think will have any real impact on how well the film does or doesn’t do.

          Overall, I think The Mummy will do around $500-600M worldwide. I honestly don’t see WW doing any less than $700M, but I don’t think it will do quite the $1B mark. WW will also likely be heavily front loaded, due to the buzz and heavy anticipation for the character.

          Ultimately, I just don’t see how The Mummy could possibly have more legs than WW. Even if both films are given equally good buzz, Mummy has to be a MASSIVELY critically acclaimed film, in order to have longer legs than WW (no pun). Especially since the Classic Monsters films haven’t done that great as of late.

          • CinemaConFan

            Whitewashing is of no concern to me. Whoever gets cast in a given role is generally fine by me. I really wish people would just stop talking about racist type things…as Morgan Freeman also thinks I might add.

            My belief is that actors are NOT cast based on their skin color (unless the role demands it like in Black Panther for instance). Actors are cast based on their talent and/or box office potential. That’s it. It’s business. It’s money. That’s what talks.

            Might I point out to you though that if whitewashing is a concern for you, Wonder Woman has A LOT of white people in it.

          • SAMURAI36

            Whitewashing is of no concern to me. Whoever gets cast in a given role is generally fine by me. I really wish people would just stop talking about racist type things…as Morgan Freeman also thinks I might add.

            Good luck with that wish. But as I said, that’s not the major aspect of why I don’t think The Mummy will be that much of a success.

            My belief is that actors are NOT cast based on their skin color (unless the role demands it like in Black Panther for instance). Actors are cast based on their talent and/or box office potential. That’s it. It’s business. It’s money. That’s what talks.

            That one statement of yours, is what I’m talking about. The Princess in the Mummy is an African one. She should at least look like she’s from Zone #2 of the planet, rather than Zone #3.

            Might I point out to you though that if whitewashing is a concern for you, Wonder Woman has A LOT of white people in it.

            Uhmmm, that’s not what “whitewashing” is. Most of the women on Paradise Island are, and have always been Greek/White. Nothing is being changed. I’m perfectly able to enjoy a film with an all-white cast. That’s not the issue for me.

  • SAMURAI36

    Since when did BVS have a “sprawling cast”? There were barely a little more than a half-dozen main characters in it.