The True Champion: Wonder Woman


Before we dive in and begin to discuss Wonder Woman in Zach Snyder’s Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, I would like to add a quick disclaimer: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS AHEAD. PLEASE STOP READING IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE FILM AND WISH TO HAVE YOUR VIEWING EXPERIENCE SPOILER-FREE.

On Thursday night, I ventured to my nearest movie theatre, like millions of other enthusiastic fans, to watch the highly anticipated Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The theatre was full of positive energy, despite any worries fans may have had due to casting Ben Affleck as the iconic Batman or the less than spectacular reviews critics were writing. But whether you claimed to be on Team Batman or Team Superman, audience members were all rooting for Wonder Woman.

Without a doubt, Gal Gadot is marvelous as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. Whether she is slinking around in a seductive gown at a fancy party or fighting Lex Luthor’s monstrous version of the “devil”, she absolutely steals the scene. Even when she’s on the airplane fleeing Metropolis, there is something about Wonder Woman’s presence that even as everyday Diana Prince, she exudes power. Not only was she powerful on screen but her power resonated with the audience – in fact the loudest (and only during my showing) applause of the night went to Wonder Woman’s entrance.

But Wonder Woman’s appearance in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice means more than just slowly setting the ball in motion up for the Justice League films. Wonder Woman is a breath of fresh air adding extreme girl power to the new era of the DC Extended Universe. Yes – this is the female superhero we’ve been patiently (or in my case, impatiently) waiting for!!! Wonder Woman is fearless and quite literally laughs in the face of danger. She is intense proving herself as a force to be reckoned with. She is more than just good looks, a tight fitting amazon costume and a fancy sword and shield. She stands strongly on her own and to be honest, I do not think Superman and Batman could have saved the day without her help.

However, most importantly the character of Wonder Woman shows that a woman can own her sexuality while still being extremely powerful and fierce in the world of superheroes. This progressive stance on featuring a strong female superhero who can embrace her own femininity yet be prepared to battle re-establishes the character of Wonder Woman as a strong feminist icon. Even casting Gal Gadot is a testament to this stance. The actress is not only a former Miss Universe participant, but she spent two years in the Israel Defense Forces as a combat instructor. Overall, this introduction of Wonder Woman puts the DC Extended Universe in a bold and dynamic modern age of comic book films.

Gal Gadot stated that her portrayal of Wonder Woman in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice is more experienced and vastly different than the Wonder Woman we will see in 2017. The Wonder Woman stand alone film will reveal more of her journey however, I think it is safe to say that we will be in for one hell of a ride.

What did you think of Wonder Woman? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Mohd Nazri

    My woman!!! 😀

  • Alejandro Gonzalez

    I enjoyed Gadot’s acting and take on the character. She was very elegant/beautiful and mysterious as Diana Prince and a total Badass fighter as Wonder Woman. If they (producers) and Gadot keep the character the same, the Wonder Woman film will be a success. I was very surprised by Gadot. I was not expecting such a nice performance. And let me say, that Batman Vs Superman is not a 30% rotten film. I enjoyed it. The problem with today is that everyone is a critic and love to be “trolls”. Love to jump on a bandwagon of calling something bad just because it looks like fun. Is the movie a masterpiece? No, its not. But its not what is being put out to be. I saw it twice over the weekend.

    • JMMagwood

      I only disagree with you about it being a masterpiece. I really thought it was. It’s one of my all time favorites. Loved it, and Gadot was fantastic as Wonder Woman. I really can’t wait for her film now.

      • Alejandro Gonzalez

        JMMagwood, i loved it. i would give it 85 out of 100. I was amazed how the writers were able to put, the Dark Knight Returns, Infinite Crisis, Injustice God Among Us, and Doomsday stories into one film. There were some points in the story that made me lower my score, but by no means does it make it a mess like some people are calling it. I and seeing it again on Wednesday and probably a 4th time too later with some other friends. I will be getting the extended Blue Ray too. I also can’t wait for the WW film.

        • SDE456

          Wow this almost as if i wrote this.. You took the words right out of my mouth because i feel the same exact way. After seeing it twice my score is between 85-88 out of 100. The trinity blew me away.

  • It’s funny, everyone is quick to bash Zack Snyder for BvS, about all the damage he has done and blah blah blah. Yet, they can’t stop talking about Wonder Woman. Granted 50% of that comes from Gal and her presence and performance. The other 50% comes from Snyder, who brought such a strong female superhero to the big screen. He was instrumental in her costume (and making it fitting, without being sexist), he helped write the scenes in which she debuted, he gave her direction and created the scenes in which Gal performed (so perfectly).

    It seems that people’s hate on Zack is so misplaced, it’s disheartening. Even before a trailer for this movie was released, critics and bloggers where trashing it, so it was an up hill battle from the start. But Zack gave us a version of Wonder Woman we deserved and Gal Gadot performed it absolutely perfectly. From her accent, presence, to her action, she nailed this role and has made me so excited for Wonder Woman’s solo feature.

    • JMMagwood

      Just because the cranks are vocal, they’re terribly outnumbered. This movie is a massive hit, and well graded by the audience. Don’t let loudmouth haters make you think different.

    • SDE456

      Well said bro. ?????? Im a huge fan and I admit the guy isn’t perfect but what people don’t get is that not only he is amazing in visuals, and action, but he is also great with casting and directing the actual actor individually. Think of how many actors he brought to light, Elevated them even more, or shot up their careers… Gerard butler in 300, Henry cavil, Gal gadot, jackie earle, He used michael fasbender before using fasbender was cool, and he makes every cast look really good from costumes to how they portray their characters. People don’t realise how important that is.

      • DarkoCool

        Snyder is fantastic! Shame so many people don’t agree.

  • Seb

    I hope they keep her theme from BvS for her own movie.

  • sintheticreality2

    “The True Champion Wonder Woman” lol I wouldn’t go that far. She was peppered through the movie and made a TREMENDOUS reveal, one that made the crowd I saw it with yesterday gasp in surprise. But let’s not overstep bounds here.

    I’ve wanted to see WW in live-action since I was a kid and it’s finally happening, but WW was an incredible flourish to a movie about two titans of comics and their conflicting ideologies. WW was there to introduce the idea of metahumans, which I think it did well. What it also did, though, was to tease Wonder Woman as a lead-in to her solo movie, which it also did well.

    • Alejandro Gonzalez

      Well, she looked like the true champion. I saw the movie twice over the long weekend and at both showings…people cheered when she comes to rescue Batman. Everyone she fought, people were cheering. Big cheers even when she lassoed Doomsday with the Magic lasso. I have heard people dismissing Affleck (which is wrong; by far a great performance as Bruce Wayne and Batman, if not the best ever), talking bad about Cavill and of course Eisenberg (Lex luther), but i have yet to read any bad criticism for Gal Gadot and the character of Wonder Woman. So, i think she was the True Champion out of all these unjustified negative reviews that the movie is getting.

      • Chris Johnson

        Agreed. It was the same at my viewings as well. Even during my second screening, when she shows up in armor..I shouted..WONDER WOMAN!!!!! This wasn’t odd because the whole crowd cheered as loudly as I shouted.

        Wonder Woman has FINALLY arrived!

  • DarkoCool

    Yeah she basically steals the movie. The biggest cheer in my theatre was for WW as well. That smile during the middle of her fight scene was perfect! Cannot wait for her solo flick.

  • Math

    Mmm… I don’t know. I loved what I saw from her, but let’s be honest, we did not see much. I’m still not sold on that Wonder Woman movie. I hope it turns out great, but I’ve not seen enough to reassure me that Gal has what it takes to pull off that role as the main character.

    Seeing how many people are praising Supergirl, it just feels like the bar is not that high when it comes to female superheroes. I understand that they have not been many of them, so any incarnation is something to get excited about, but I’m not as forgiving as most of you guys seem to be. I need a good performance out of her before I can buy into her. This character was overdue, yes, but not necessarily well done yet. It’s a promising start, sure, but her role is just a small tease. Let’s not scream victory after only 15 minutes of screen time. Her movie will tell us if they succeeded or not.

    This movie is just like a trailer to a bigger movie. The trailer might look awesome, but that doesn’t mean the movie will deliver. That’s how I feel right now. A good first impression. Now let’s see if they can deliver the goods in a full movie.