Wonder Woman Is the Hit that DC Needed
While they have been making plenty of money, the DC movies haven’t been big hits with critics. Case in point: Both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad raked in loads of cash, but they were panned across the board.
Lots of people have felt that the DC movies have been too dark and serious for something that’s supposed to be purely entertaining. Even more, they don’t have the same sense of fun that’s felt in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. All that could change with Wonder Woman, though. The inclusion of the character in the aforementioned Batman v Superman was maybe the only bright spot of that dreary slugfest, and now we get to see her on her own. Things are looking good for the Amazonian princess, and we’re happy to see that “Wonder Woman” has been a monumental success. In fact, it’s already become the third-highest domestic grossing DC movie, behind only Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.
You’ll have to forgive us if we say that we’re not surprised it took putting a woman in charge to finally get things right. So far, the response to the new film has been overwhelmingly positive, and we can only hope that its numbers at the box office will be too. Wonder Woman is already one of the top 10 movie comic book adaptations of all time and is the highest grossing female driven superhero movie by a long shot.
Two of the most recent superhero movies starring women were 2004’s Catwoman with Halle Berry and 2005’s Elektra with Jennifer Garner. Both were torn apart by critics and were box office bombs to boot. If Wonder Woman can make more than $318 million, doubling what it would have taken to the the biggest female driven comic movie ever. The movie from director Patty Jenkins continues to roll along and has established itself as the biggest film of the summer. This is because Wonder Woman is a fresh take in a comic book world that’s gotten kind of stale, and because she’s also one of the most recognizable names in the industry.
Wonder Woman has long been one of the biggest characters in not only the DC Universe, but comics in general. We’re glad to see her finally get the respect she deserves on the big screen, but the movie theater isn’t the only place where fans are seeing more of Wonder Woman. The character has also been included as part of a number of licensed online casino games featuring many of the greatest DC heroes. These games bring Wonder Woman and other big-name DC characters like Batman and Superman to their own slot reels for a broader audience. These games feature the characters, villains, iconic logos, and more, which all brings the comics to the casino for everyone.
With the heroine already taking over the world of video games, her next stop was the local cinema where she’s proven to have legs and has performed well week after week since its release. Director Patty Jenkins is best known for her 2004 movie, Monster, for which Charlize Theron won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Given its success this is likely the project that will catapult Israeli actress Gal Gadot to stardom. She was previously best known for her role in the Fast & Furious films, but this movie really puts in her the spotlight. The word on the street for Wonder Woman has been positively glowing. It’s already the best reviewed DC movie in recent years, which could help the classic comic publisher earn a lot of goodwill with fans.
You can still catch Wonder Woman in most theaters (a rarity this long after a movie’s release these days) and if you haven’t gotten the chance you should definitely see it. You can help show Hollywood that the world needs more girls kicking butt in their own movies by heading out to your local cinema and cheering on everyone’s favorite Amazon.